Artie, a Los Angeles, CA-based platform for next-gen instant mobile games, raised $10M in seed funding.
Backers included Zynga founder Mark Pincus, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures, music mogul Scooter Braun’s Raised In Space, Shutterstock founder Jon Oringer, Tyler & Cameron Winklevoss, Susquehanna International Group; Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment + The Sixers Lab, and Manuel Bronstein, VP of Product at Google, and YouTube founder, Chad Hurley. Additional backers included Cyan Banister, Founders Fund, Warner Music Group, Matthew Ball, Shrug Capital; and top executives from Amazon, Twitter, and Square.
The company intends to use the funds to continue advancing its technology platform and launch an initial slate of games in 2021.
Co-founded by Ryan Horrigan and Armando Kirwin, Artie provides a technology platform that enables high-quality mobile games to be played directly inside social media, video, and messaging platforms without any additional app downloads, API access, or integration needed.
The company, with team members from Activision/Blizzard, Jam City, Playtika, Infinity Ward, Disney, Snap, Mozilla, and Facebook, is focused on making mobile games easier to discover and play for consumers while improving the economics of mobile games for developers and creators.
Artie plans to release an SDK and open its platform to all game developers and creators.