Bandai Namco Entertainment, the renowned Japanese game publisher behind popular titles such as Elden Ring, Dark Souls trilogy, and Pac-Man, has made a strategic investment in SuperGaming, a game developer based in Pune, India. This investment comes from Bandai Namco Entertainment’s ‘Bandai Namco Entertainment 021 Fund,’ which is specifically designed to support startups and contribute to the development of its “IP metaverse.” In addition to SuperGaming, the fund has also invested in Deepmotion, a US-based company. The creation of this fund in April of last year was driven by the anticipation of Web3 and other metaverse-related developments. Although the exact amount of the investment has not been disclosed in the press release, the investment size of the fund typically ranges from ¥10 million to ¥500 million.
In a prepared statement, Roby John, co-founder and CEO of SuperGaming, expressed his excitement about the investment, stating, “Working on PAC-MAN was a dream come true for me, and having Bandai Namco invest in us is the greatest validation we could have asked for. We are honored to have them join us on our journey of creating games that people will enjoy for years.” SuperGaming is known for its mobile game portfolio, which includes popular titles like Silly Royale (a social deduction game) and MaskGun (a multiplayer FPS game). Additionally, they have developed a cloud-based game development engine called SuperPlatform. This technology, launched in collaboration with Google Cloud, enables developers to create games from scratch while also providing features such as analytics, player data tracking, monetization, and integration with various game engines.
The official statement from Bandai Namco Entertainment mentioned that through this investment, they aim to expand their business by leveraging their intellectual properties and gaining a deeper understanding of the Asian market, which is expected to witness substantial growth in the coming years. Apart from SuperGaming, Bandai Namco Entertainment has also invested in DeepMotion, a company known for its AI-powered motion capture and real-time body tracking solutions. Bandai Namco Entertainment intends to utilize this cutting-edge technology to create innovative entertainment experiences.
Meanwhile, SuperGaming is currently working on their upcoming battle-royale game, Indus. Set in an indo-futuristic environment on a floating island, players assume the role of Mythwalkers, mercenaries hired by the COVEN organization. Their mission is to hunt for the rare mineral Cosmium, which possesses the power to manipulate space and time. Similar to other games in the battle-royale genre, players are dropped into the map and must scavenge for supplies, survive, and eliminate opponents to emerge victorious. However, in a unique twist, Cosmium randomly spawns at intervals during the game, and whoever claims it secures an immediate win. SuperGaming has also introduced Heena Sidhu, Olympic pistol shooter, as a playable character in Indus. Pre-registrations for the game are now available on the Google Play Store.
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