Eyeball Games, a Singapore-based gaming company, has successfully completed a funding round led by White Star Capital. Notable participants in this round include Polygon Ventures, Immutable, Ocular, Great South Gate Ventures, and prominent angel investors. White Star Capital invested from its Ubisoft-backed Digital Asset Fund, emphasizing the growing interest in blockchain gaming.
The funding will support the development of “Eyeball Pool,” a modernized pool game that leverages Web3 elements to provide an enhanced user experience, including full ownership of in-game assets. The team behind Eyeball Pool is also responsible for creating 8 Ball Pool, a massively popular mobile game with over one billion downloads worldwide.
Eyeball Games plans to launch Eyeball Pool in multiple phases, commencing with a closed beta test on the web, exclusively accessible to holders of the game’s non-fungible tokens (NFTs). These NFTs will grant players exclusive ownership of in-game assets. The full release of Eyeball Pool on mobile platforms is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024, at which point the NFTs will automatically convert into game starter packs, containing unique and exclusive items for players.
As a significant step towards enhancing gameplay and player ownership, Eyeball Pool will be launched on the Polygon x Immutable zkEVM chain. This platform is specifically designed for gaming projects, and Eyeball Pool will be prominently featured among the early projects on the chain. Previously, Eyeball Pool minted 4,001 genesis NFTs called “Balldroids,” which sold out within just 30 minutes in January 2023. Due to popular demand, the game is gearing up to open a whitelist for an expanded NFT series soon.
Jonathan Ivarsson, the CEO of Eyeball Games, expressed enthusiasm for securing funding from prestigious investors. He stated that the team looks forward to leveraging their expertise to create a world-class game that grants true ownership of assets to players, pioneering a novel approach to asset valuation.
Eddie Lee, General Partner at White Star Capital, also commented on the potential of Web3 to revolutionize gameplay experiences. The partnership with Eyeball Games aims to create a game that will captivate millions of players by leveraging the full potential of Web3 technology.
Eyeball Pool is the brainchild of Karsten Niemer and Thomas Elgaard, the original creators of 8 Ball Pool. Collaborating with Jonathan Ivarsson, the founder of Eyeball Games, the team conceived a vision for a blockchain-based challenger to 8 Ball Pool, offering gamers unparalleled ownership of their in-game assets.
With aspirations to replicate the success of their past venture, Eyeball Games built Eyeball Pool from scratch, incorporating a proprietary physics engine and cutting-edge graphics. The game features a player-vs-player mode and various tournament modes, bolstered by an AI skill-matching engine.
Established in July 2022, Eyeball Games currently boasts a team of 13 dedicated employees. The funding received from this round will further accelerate the development and innovation behind Eyeball Pool, positioning it as a groundbreaking blockchain gaming experience set to redefine the world of pool gaming for years to come.
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