Plato, a San Jose, California-based gaming app, raised $3m in seed funding.
The backers were not disclosed.
Plato provides a messenger app created specifically for multiplayer gaming, which has been released its public beta for iOS and platforms with 11 multiplayer games, including Pool, Hold’em, Chess, Backgammon, Spades, Hearts.
All games on Plato are playable instantly through a proprietary platform, without needing to download games separately. Users can start a game directly with a friend or play larger multiplayer games in a group. All game moves are updated live, and also sent as chat messages for players who prefer asynchronous play.
The company, which plans to open its messenger game publishing platform to third party developers in the future, also has an office in Austin.