Dorian, a San Francisco, CA-based interactive platform for writers to deliver diverse, interactive storytelling, raised $3.25m in a seed funding round.
The round was led by March Gaming, with participation from VGames, Konvoy Ventures, London Venture Partners, the talent management company Night Media, Michael Chow and Andover Ventures. In other news, John Howell, former VP of Global Partnerships at Twitch, joins the Dorian board as an independent director.
The company intends to use the funds to launch the platform to the public later this year.
Led by Julia Palatovska, CEO, Dorian is a smart, no-code platform that allows writers to turn fiction into interactive visual games and generate revenue from their content. Dorian’s first application is mobile, however its cloud-based engine will allow the company to expand to other emerging platforms and interfaces in the future. Writers can fully customize their characters and instantly see the results of their work without any coding or art skills. Writers who want to build their recognizable brand can upload their own cover art. They can also collaborate with each other in the engine in real-time and share feedback before their content goes live to followers. The platform – created by an experienced team that has come from game-as-a-service and social companies such as Nexon, Pixelberry, Telltale, G5, and Snapchat – has been in closed alpha for several months.
Dorian is now accepting new writers to its invite-only beta through applications on its website.