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WarDucks has raised $three.eight million in funding to launch a location-based augmented actuality recreation studio, and it has tapped Doom co-creator John Romero for assist with recreation design.

Dublin-based WarDucks raises the cash from EQT Ventures, with participation from Suir Valley Ventures and different buyers.

Romero, the co-creator of Doom and Quake, will function a inventive advisor for the corporate and he’ll actively advise WarDucks on its location-based AR recreation. WarDucks has additionally employed Doug Kaufman (who labored on Civilization II and Frontierville) as its lead designer. And the corporate’s narrative lead is Lawrence Schick (Elder Scrolls On-line, Dungeons & Dragons).

The funding shall be used to drive the event of WarDucks’ new location-based AR recreation and develop the corporate’s improvement staff. WarDucks’ is the newest funding to be found by AI platform Motherbrain. The proprietary platform is utilized by EQT Ventures to leverage information to establish and proactively contact promising start-ups.

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WarDucks’ CEO Nikki Lannen, previously a senior member of Fb’s gaming staff, based the corporate in 2013 with the goal of making world-class content material for cell, AR and VR platforms.

Above: Nikki Lannen is CEO of WarDucks.

Picture Credit score: WarDucks

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“There’s an enormous alternative in AR location-based cell gaming, which mixes the native enchantment of actual world maps with partaking gameplay,” mentioned Nikki Lannen, CEO and founding father of WarDucks, in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with EQT Ventures as we race in direction of the launch of our location-based AR recreation because the staff’s intensive cell gaming expertise shall be invaluable on the following part of our journey. The truth that we’ve additionally had so many high gaming executives from around the globe be a part of our staff is testomony to the expertise and imaginative and prescient of the staff we’ve at the moment obtained in place.”

“WarDucks is a robust, confirmed video games studio with a formidable staff of passionate recreation specialists able to tackle this quickly rising style of cell gaming,” mentioned Lars Jörnow, companion at EQT Ventures, in a press release. “We consider that WarDucks’ subsequent title will interact gamers all around the world and grow to be a preferred franchise. The EQT Ventures staff is happy to companion with Nikki and the staff on this journey with our in-house gaming experience.”

In December 2018, EQT Ventures had its first exit when Small Large Video games, a Finnish cell gaming studio, was acquired by Zynga in a deal price $700 million. Previous to founding EQT Ventures, Lars Jörnow was at King Digital for six years the place he, amongst different issues, arrange the cell video games staff that launched Sweet Crush Saga in 2012.


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