Cloud gaming venture announces a seed round of EUR 2 million
HELSINKI, REYKJAVIK: Mainframe Industries, a pan-Nordic game venture with studios in Helsinki and Reykjavik, was unveiled today. Mainframe brings together a 13 strong founding team of veteran game developers, who have been part of building iconic games such as EVE Online, Alan Wake and The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land. Their new venture is set to create the first open world, social sandbox MMO built from the ground up for cloud gaming.
“The creative and business opportunity that cloud gaming brings to social and immersive online games is unlike anything we’ve seen on the screens we play on today,” said Thor Gunnarsson, co-founder and CEO at Mainframe. “We’re incredibly excited to announce our air bridge across the Nordics, having assembled a founding team with the AAA, MMO and mobile pedigree needed to build the game we’ve been preparing for our whole lives.”
Seamless crossplay between mobile, PC and TV
Cloud gaming allows access to the game from multiple devices and form factors, including streaming over low latency 5G networks to mobile, PC and TV. Mainframe believes that the promise of friction-free access from social networks and streaming platforms on the device of your choice will greatly expand the creative canvas for game developers.
“For Mainframe, the ability to deliver to all platforms a level of immersion and world simulation typically only seen in high-end PC games means that the visual gap between devices disappears as we move to the cloud,” said Gunnarsson. “And we see tremendous potential in the expansive computing and storage capacity of the cloud. We can make bigger and better games with more complex physics simulation, AI, and character systems to deliver a fresh gaming experience unbounded by the constraints of individual platforms.”
Backed by Nordic Deep Tech and Game Investors Mainframe also announced a EUR 2 million seed round from leading early stage tech and gaming investors, including Maki.vc, Play Ventures, Crowberry Capital and Sisu Game Ventures. Following their investment, Harri Manninen and Hekla Arnardóttir have joined the board while Samuli Syvähuoko has been appointed as non-executive Chairman of the company.
“We are firm believers that the global gaming industry will once again be redefined as 5G will allow wireless gaming with low and consistent latency, benefitting gamers through improved discoverability, social enabling and variety of content. The Nordics have showcased their strength in games already before, and we find Mainframe’s exceptional, pan-Nordic team being uniquely positioned to seize this new opportunity,” said Ilkka Kivimäki, Founding Partner at Maki.vc.
“We believe that cloud gaming has the potential to expand gaming to entirely new audiences globally. We are very excited to back the Mainframe team in their quest to revolutionize MMOs and we think that their unique founder DNA is perfectly placed to capture this opportunity,” said Harri Manninen, founding partner at Play Ventures.
"What attracted me to join this adventure is the sheer passion of the team to truly push the known boundaries for games beyond anything we’ve seen before,” added Samuli Syvähuoko co-founder and partner at Sisu Game Ventures. ”Another revolution that I want to witness very closely with Mainframe is how the traditional user acquisition funnel will essentially be demolished by cloud streamed games, where any ad you see can be the actual game, ready to play right there and then,” said Syvähuoko.
Mainframe Industries is founded by: Börkur Eiríksson, Kjartan Pierre Emilsson, Thor Gunnarsson, Fridrik Haraldsson, Reynir Hardarson, Sulka Haro, Kristján Valur Jónsson, Jyrki Korpi-Anttila, Saku Lehtinen, Ansu Lönnberg, Eetu Martola, Vigfús Ómarsson, Jón Helgi Thórarinsson.
Mainframe Industries is online at themainframe.com
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