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Kakao Games invests $15 million in Playable Worlds to develop cloud-native Sandbox MMO

Metaverse platform also in development
Kakao Games invests $15 million in Playable Worlds to develop cloud-native Sandbox MMO
Date Type Companies Involved Size
Apr 21, 2022 investment Kakao Games Playable Worlds $15m

South Korean mobile publisher Kakao Games has announced that it has invested $15 million into the American indie developer Playable Worlds.

This investment was made as part of Playable Worlds’ Series B funding round, wherein it raised more than $25 million. Kakao Games led the round, with the remainder of the funds coming from other investors.

Founded in 2018 by Ultima Online and Metaplace developers, Playable Worlds is currently developing its first cloud-native sandbox MMO. It also has a metaverse platform in development, expected to be officially announced in 2023.

The funding provided by Kakao Games Europe B.V. follows a $20 million investment by the company in Frost Giant Studios in January.

Millions for metaverse

Commenting on the investment in Playable Worlds, Kakao Games CEO Kyehyun Cho said: "Through this close partnership, we will do our best to successfully lead the ‘Beyond Korea’ Project and build a distinctive game field based on next-gen technology."

Playable Worlds CEO Ralph Koster added: "We are very pleased to be working with Kakao Games, a publisher well received in both the Korean and global markets."

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