NFT game developer Animoca Brands raise $89M at $1B valuation
Blockchain and NFT-focussed game developer Animoca Brands has announced the completion of an $88,888,888 capital raise based on a valuation of $1 billion.
The announcement was published on Thursday, with participants including Kingsway Capital, HashKey Fintech Investment Fund, RIT Capital Partners and Huobi. Approximately 93.4 million newly issued shares in Animoca Brands will be distributed to the investors at a subscription price of $0.85 each.
Yat Siu, Animoca Brands co-founder and chairman, noted that its strategic investors share the company’s “vision for NFTs redefining equity and property rights online.”
Kingsway founder and CEO Manuel Stotz added:
“The emergence of digital property rights, whether via Bitcoin or NFTs, is perhaps the greatest opportunity for financial inclusion for the bottom three billion frontier and emerging market consumers, as well as an opportunity for a more decentralized and thus more equitable global internet.”
Animoca will issue a special nonfungible token to its investors and key partners in order to commemorate the raise.
Animoca stated that funding will be used for product development, acquisitions, and securing licensing rights for its games.
The company has released notable titles including The Sandbox, F1 Delta Time, and MotoGP Ignition, and has invested in leading teams in the NFT space including Dapper Labs, OpenSea and Axie Infinity.
Last month, Animoca was ranked among Statista’s list of the top 500 high-growth companies in the Asia-Pacific region for 2021 in addition to being named among Australia’s fastest-growing companies.
In February, Animoca announced that its entire REVV motorsports ecosystem would be deployed on Polygon’s layer-two sidechain to alleviate the high gas fees associated with using Ethereum’s mainnet, beginning with F1 Delta Time.