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List of 24 gaming startups to watch in 2023

19 Jul, 2023
The series about gametech startups

Concluding the series about gametech startups it’s important to show the startups that can be considered successful in their field. To create a list, not a top but a list, I used crunchbase to see the startups in gametech that had seed or pre-seed funding over $10,000,000 in the last 3 years. 

Organisation nameNumber of employeesHeadquartersLast funding amount in 2023Description
Gusto Collective101-250
Hong Kong, Hong Kong $11,000,000Asia’s leading Brand Technology holding company, where tech-powered storytelling and cutting-edge martech solutions converge
Azra Games11-50

Sacramento, California, United States$10,000,000Azra Games is a blockchain-based developer of collectible and combat games
Argus Labs

1-10San Francisco, California, United States$10,000,000Argus Labs works from first principles to synthesize bleeding-edge applied research with thoughtful game design.
Polemos


11-50Singapore, Central Region, Singapore$14,000,000Polemos is a GameFi platform – the first decentralized combination of its own asset lending library, educational hub, and gaming community.
Rooms.xyzAllentown, Pennsylvania, United States$10,000,000Rooms.xyz allows you to create basic games and interactive 3D rooms in the browser.
Soba11-50Berlin, Berlin, Germany$13,600,000Soba is a gaming platform that creates no-code game development tools.
Alta
11-50Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia$12,400,000Alta is a gaming studio that builds and publishes virtual reality games.
Avalon
11-50Orlando, Florida, United States$13,000,000Avalon is an Orlando, Florida-based platform to create games and virtual experiences.
Nümi

101-250Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates$20,000,000Nümi is an online entertainment ecosystem for user-generated content (UGC), gaming, streaming, and more.
Gameplay Galaxy
11-50San Francisco, California, United States$12,800,000Web3 Gaming
Apeiron
Singapore, Central Region, Singapore$10,000,000Apeiron is a play and earn NFT game.
Deep Voodoo
Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom$20,000,000Deep Voodoo is an AI media and entertainment technology platform.
AQUA11-50New York, New York, United States$10,000,000AQUA is a Web3 Gaming Marketplace for Players.
AAG Ventures11-50Singapore, Central Region, Singapore$12,500,000AAG Ventures is the IT business behind AAG, one of the fastest-growing Play-To-Earn guilds in the industry.
Playgig
11-50Manhattan Beach, California, United States$10,850,000Playgig is a game developer that offers cross-platform free-to-play team battle games.
Nifty Island11-50Sheridan, Wyoming, United States$20,000,000Nifty Island is an open social gaming platform and virtual world powered by web3.
StarryNift
1-10Singapore, Central Region, Singapore$10,000,000Gamified massive creation platform & launchpad for fun digital collectibles
Kooply

1-10Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel$18,000,000Kooply is a team of proven entrepreneurs building a nextgen gaming platform.
SuperTeam Games11-50San Jose, California, United States$10,000,000SuperTeam Games is is creating a new breed of sports games.
Cinamon101-250Seocho, Seoul-t’ukpyolsi, South Korea₩14,000,000,000Cinamon provides a visual story platform designed for casual games.
Something Wicked Games1-10Mount Tyson, Queensland, Australia$13,200,000An Independent AAA Video Game Developer is Something Wicked Games.
Atmos Labs1-10Chicago, Illinois, United States$11,000,000Atmos Labs is an expansive, play-and-earn ecosystem with deep economics, rich history, and heart-pounding gameplay.
Galaxy Blitz1-10Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland$10,000,000Galaxy Blitz is a Play-To-Earn combat strategy NFT game.
GGWP11-50San Francisco, California, United States$12,000,000GGWP provides a gaming tool to help reduce toxic and disruptive in the game.
  1. Gusto Collective

Gusto Collective secured $11 million in funding through a single Seed round on May 11, 2022.

The Collective is a leading technology holding company based in Asia, driving brand innovation. We specialize in merging technology, storytelling, and cutting-edge martech solutions to redefine customer engagement in the next generation.

They expertise lies in two key areas: crafting captivating narratives and delivering advanced tech-integrated solutions. Their team comprises imaginative storytellers, data scientists, and technology enthusiasts dedicated to creating groundbreaking innovations in the marketing industry.

With a strong presence in major global cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, and London, they represent renowned luxury and premium brands. Their esteemed clientele includes industry leaders such as Harrods, Canada Goose, Swire Hotels, Estee Lauder Companies, CSL, DFI Retail Group, Tourism Australia, and LVMH.

Founded in January 2020 by Aaron Lau, an esteemed veteran in technology and branding, the company has gained widespread industry recognition. They were one of Forbes Asia’s “100 Companies to Watch” and have received numerous prestigious awards for our excellence in NFTs, innovation, and creativity.

  1. Azra Games

Azra Games raised a total of $25 million in funding across two funding rounds. Their most recent funding, a Seed round, took place on February 21, 2023.

Azra Games is an innovative game development company that focuses on creating captivating combat role-playing games (RPGs) for dedicated gamers. They utilize blockchain technology to provide an immersive gaming experience. With a unique approach to game creation, playability, character collection, trading, and social interaction, Azra Games transforms the gaming experience. Founded in 2022 by Sonny Mayugba and based in Sacramento, California, the company is committed to pushing boundaries and delivering engaging RPGs for core gamers.

  1. Argus Labs

Argus Labs successfully raised $10 million in funding from a Seed round on June 6, 2023.

Argus Labs is a San Francisco, California-based company that works from first principles to synthesize bleeding-edge applied research with thoughtful game design. The company was founded in 2022 by Scott Sunarto and has raised $10 million in seed funding.

Argus Labs is a collective of engineers and designers in pursuit of the next great paradigm shift in the video game industry. Their mission is to work from first principles to synthesize bleeding-edge applied research with thoughtful game design. 

  1. Polemos

Polemos secured $16 million in funding across two rounds. Their latest funding round, a Seed round, occurred on April 4, 2022.

Polemos is a global GameFi platform that aims to enhance employment and education worldwide by combining its asset lending library, educational hub, and gaming community in a decentralized ecosystem. As a leader in the field, Polemos focuses on Metaverse Adoption, Community Engagement, and Esports Dominance in the Web3 environment.

Polemos envisions becoming one of the world’s top Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO). By uniting millions of digital Asset Providers and Gamers in a unified GameFi ecosystem, Polemos seeks to create a revolutionary platform. Through the integration of esports and DeFi communities, Polemos will redefine the gaming landscape, offering players unprecedented opportunities to earn rewards through gameplay, known as Play To Earn opportunities.

  1. Rooms.xyz

Rooms.xyz raised a total of $10 million in funding from a Seed round on May 16, 2023.

Rooms.xyz is a digital creativity platform backed by $10 million in seed funding led by a16z. It offers a browser-based tool for designing 3D spaces or “rooms” using drag-and-drop, editable objects or code. Users can express themselves through creative play as they design rooms, basic games, or other interactive activities contained in these small, online spaces.

The platform was created by a team of ex-Googlers and is currently in beta testing. 

  1. Soba

Soba received $13.6 million in funding through a single Seed round on June 29, 2022.

Soba is a game development company that creates no-code game development tools. The platform allows users to create their own world using a variety of beautifully crafted assets and set the mood of their game. Users can turn their world into a game without needing to know how to code. All games built on Soba are multiplayer, so users can hang out with their friends and make new ones too.

Soba has raised $13.5 million for its platform where anyone can create games for any device using no-code tools. The Web3 platform is aimed at enabling creators and influencers to build games, shooters, and platformers for mobile, PCs, and Mac. 

  1. Alta

Alta raised a total of $12.8 million in funding through four rounds. Their most recent funding was a Seed round on January 26, 2022.

Alta is a leading virtual reality company that specializes in creating exciting multiplayer games. They focus on developing immersive and adventurous experiences that can be played across various virtual reality platforms. Alta’s games are designed to captivate gaming enthusiasts and offer thrilling multiplayer gameplay. Whether on mobile devices, laptops, or computers, players can enjoy these immersive experiences anytime, anywhere. By leveraging the power of virtual reality, Alta delivers unparalleled gaming experiences that transport players to animated virtual worlds.

  1. Avalon

Avalon secured $13 million in funding from a single Seed round on February 28, 2023.

Avalon Corp is an Orlando, Florida-based company that has raised $13 million in funding to build a new interoperable digital universe, or a chunk of the metaverse. The company was founded by leaders from games including EverQuest, Call of Duty, Diablo, God of War, Assassin’s Creed, and Elden Ring among others.

The company is building a platform for games that could one day take advantage of the metaverse. It foresees an interoperable universe, tied together through technologies such as game engines and blockchain technology. 

  1. Nümi

Nümi raised $20 million in funding from a single Seed round on January 11, 2023.

Nümi is an online entertainment ecosystem that brings together influencers, creators, and gamers. It offers a range of tools for virtual reality (VR) users to create immersive experiences and explore a multitude of virtual worlds built by communities. Nümi expands the possibilities of the digital universe, providing a platform where users can unleash their creativity and engage with captivating VR content.

  1. Gameplay Galaxy

Gameplay Galaxy secured $12.8 million in funding from a Seed round on September 7, 2022.

Gameplay Galaxy is building the first Web3 competitive games decentralized ecosystem. They recently completed a $12.8 million seed round to build this first-of-its-kind ecosystem. 

The round was led by Blockchain Capital, with participation from Merit Circle, Com2uS, Mysten Labs, Solana Ventures, Yield Guild Games, and Hustle Fund1.

The company’s seed funding will enable it to build new and exciting games that unite the most innovative Web3 capabilities, design and create seamless experiences, onboard Web2 players to this first-of-its-kind Web3 gaming ecosystem, develop its wallet offering, and expand its world-class development team

  1. Apeiron

Apeiron raised a total of $17.5 million in funding across three rounds. Their most recent funding round, a Seed round, occurred on April 28, 2022.

Apeiron is a play-to-earn NFT game that is part of a new wave of token-driven games. It utilizes governance, play-to-earn, and alliance tokens to create a dynamic economy that mirrors the real world. The game’s NFTs, in the form of Planets, Stars, and Relics, put ownership in the hands of the player. What you make in the game is yours: keep it, sell it, or use it in the wider NFT metaverse.

  1. Deep Voodoo

Deep Voodoo received $20 million in funding from a single Seed round on December 14, 2022.

Deep Voodoo is an AI media and entertainment technology platform based in Belfast, United Kingdom. The company was founded in 2020 and has raised $20 million in seed funding.

Deep Voodoo is building the best-in-class deep fake tools in the industry today. The artificial intelligence entertainment startup was formed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Deep Voodoo began building the world’s leading proprietary deep fake technology in early 2020. 

  1. AQUA

AQUA secured $10 million in funding from a Seed round on September 28, 2022.

AQUA is a gamer-focused Web3 marketplace that empowers players through education, discovery, and tools, helping them to engage with their favorite blockchain games and seamlessly manage their gaming NFTs. Unlike other Web3 marketplaces, AQUA focuses solely on NFTs within the blockchain gaming sector. Its mission is to provide a dedicated space for blockchain gamers to interact with games and fellow players, increase accessibility and connectivity among blockchain games, and elevate awareness of the Web3 gaming space through educational content.

With deep insights and analytics on in-game assets, AQUA empowers players to explore the evolving world of Web3 gaming while providing them with the content and tools required to buy, sell, and trade gaming NFTs from their favorite titles. 

  1. AAG Ventures

AAG Ventures raised a total of $12.5 million in funding from a Seed round on December 1, 2021.

AQUA is a gamer-focused Web3 marketplace that empowers players through education, discovery, and tools, helping them to engage with their favorite blockchain games and seamlessly manage their gaming NFTs. Unlike other Web3 marketplaces, AQUA focuses solely on NFTs within the blockchain gaming sector. Its mission is to provide a dedicated space for blockchain gamers to interact with games and fellow players, increase accessibility and connectivity among blockchain games, and elevate awareness of the Web3 gaming space through educational content.

With deep insights and analytics on in-game assets, AQUA empowers players to explore the evolving world of Web3 gaming while providing them with the content and tools required to buy, sell, and trade gaming NFTs from their favorite titles. 

  1. Playgig

Playgig received $10.9 million in funding from a Seed round on November 3, 2022.

Playgig is a game developer that offers cross-platform free-to-play team battle games. The company was founded by Bruno Schirch in 2021 and is headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, United States. Playgig has raised $10.9 million in funding.

Playgig’s first game is a cross-platform, free-to-play team battle game that lays the foundation for a multimedia universe of future games and media expressions. 

  1. Nifty Island

Nifty Island secured $20 million in funding through a single Pre-Seed round on October 1, 2021.

Nifty Island, developed by Nyft Studios, is an upcoming open social gaming platform and virtual world. It serves as the cornerstone of the Nyftverse, a collection of interconnected games, an NFT marketplace, play-to-earn protocols, and game development tools. Built on the principles of web3 technology, Nifty Island aims to create a truly open and player-owned metaverse. Users will have the freedom to explore, interact, and create within a vibrant virtual world where ownership and participation are rewarded. It represents an exciting step towards realizing the vision of a decentralized and immersive gaming experience.

  1. StarryNift

StarryNift raised a total of $10 million in funding from a Seed round on January 30, 2022.

StarryNift is an innovative platform that combines gamification, creation, incubation, auctions, and transactions for NFT collectibles. It aims to empower creativity through technology and democratize value appreciation through crypto as a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization). With a vision to unlock new possibilities in the metaverse, StarryNift brings together Game, Art, DeFi, and NFT elements to provide a comprehensive and immersive experience. It serves as a one-stop shop for creators, collectors, and investors, offering a diverse range of opportunities to explore and engage with the exciting world of NFTs.

  1. Kooply

Kooply secured $18 million in funding from a single Seed round on March 29, 2022.

Kooply is a team of proven entrepreneurs building a next-generation gaming platform. The company was founded by Guy Pitelko, Ido Yablonka, and Vadim Zak in 2021 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. Kooply has raised $18 million in seed funding.

Kooply is currently in stealth mode, but it is known that they are building a next-generation gaming platform that’s unlike anything seen before. 

  1. SuperTeam Games

SuperTeam Games raised $10 million in funding from a Seed round on June 9, 2022.

SuperTeam Games is a developer of online games designed to provide blockchain-based sports games. The company is based in California and has raised $10 million in its first funding round to launch a blockchain-based sports game.

SuperTeam Games was founded with the goal of developing a new kind of sports game enhanced by blockchain integration. The company’s games will be powered by Forte as part of a strategic partnership.

  1. Cinamon

Cinamon has raised a total of ₩24 billion in funding across two rounds. Their latest funding, a Seed round, took place on September 21, 2022.

Cinamon is a specialized visual story platform catering to casual games. Established in 2018 as a collaboration with Naver Webtoon, the company initially launched the interactive stories app “Maybe,” which marked the beginning of their journey into the realm of visual storytelling. Since then, Cinamon has expanded its horizons and ventured into new territories. Currently, they are actively developing two exciting projects: a 2D UGC story platform and a 3D UGC story platform. These platforms aim to empower users to create and share their own unique visual stories, fostering a dynamic and engaging storytelling community.

  1. Something Wicked Games

Something Wicked Games received $13.2 million in funding through a single Seed round on August 23, 2022.

Something Wicked Games thrives on a cooperative environment fueled by boundless creativity, thoughtful iteration, independent thinking, and proactive planning. Their studio is dedicated to attracting top talent in the industry, seeking out the brightest minds to join our vibrant team. With a perfect blend of experienced professionals and forward-looking individuals, they embrace diversity and welcome new perspectives. At Something Wicked Games, they foster a collaborative atmosphere where ideas flourish, innovation thrives, and opportunities abound.

  1. Atmos Labs

Atmos Labs secured $11 million in funding from a Seed round on June 13, 2022.

Atmos Labs is an expansive, play-and-earn ecosystem with deep economics, rich history, and heart-pounding gameplay. The company is based in Chicago, Illinois, United States and was founded in 2021. Atmos Labs has raised $11 million in seed funding1.

Atmos is an upcoming expansive, play-and-earn metaverse experience with strong economics, deep lore, and high-octane gameplay. Players can join Atmos to compete in a variety of game modes. 

  1. Galaxy Blitz

Galaxy Blitz raised $10 million in funding from a Seed round on January 29, 2022.

Galaxy Blitz is a Play-To-Earn NFT game that takes place in the distant future and sees various factions battle it out for galactic supremacy. The game is set centuries in the future as four unique highly evolved descendants of humanity fight for dominance in battles on both lands and in space1.

Players can earn a variety of tokens via battles and resource farming as they lead their faction to galactic dominance. The game also features extensive lore on the four different races that populate the game. 

  1. GGWP

GGWP has raised a total of $12 million in funding across two rounds. Their latest funding, a Seed round, occurred on March 21, 2022.

GGWP is a platform that provides a gaming tool to help reduce toxic and disruptive behavior in games. The company’s platform enables game developers to deeply understand their game community’s health and take action to improve it. GGWP combines game-specific insights from social media, player behavior, text chat, and player reports to help reduce moderation costs and take smarter actions to sanction and reward players.

GGWP utilizes AI models to comb through gameplay data to find incidents that have a negative impact on player experience such as friendly fire, intentional disconnects, and griefing. The platform also works to identify anomalies and bad actors using server-side cheat detection.

What’s next?

Creating startups is a very long and deep process

Creating startups is a very long and deep process. All the articles that I wrote didn’t cover even 0.0001% of all the information that I can find on the internet. I became so interested in finding budget and investing in gaming startups, so the next series of articles will totally be about it. Stay tuned!

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