Turkey’s Magic Video games raises $5M in seed funding


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Magic Video games is seeking to make the subsequent massively addictive informal recreation. The Turkish studio sees actual potential in community-driven multiplayer puzzle video games. The funding spherical handed the $5 million mark, in pursuit of the purpose. Makers Fund led the funding spherical, with Hummingbird Ventures’ Firat Ileri taking part.

Magic Video games’ founding members embody former members of Peak Video games. These people, Çağrı Öztürk, Rüya Çelikcan and Mert Kasar carry a wealth of informal gaming expertise. Their earlier work contains video games like Toy Blast, Toon Blast and Star Blast. Zynga acquired Peak Video games for $1.8 billion in 2020, and that set in movement a variety of Turkey’s recreation startup neighborhood. The energy of that neighborhood has made Turkey an everyday stopping level for recreation enterprise capitalists and different buyers.

“Our firm builds across the perception that social interactions are the important thing to deepening and enriching our shared gameplay expertise,” stated Magic Video games boss Çağrı Öztürk, in a press release to GamesBeat. “We consider that in-game communities can remodel the way in which that our customers play with and in opposition to one another – creating pleasant camaraderie out of competitors. Social options are integral to our improvement cycle as we work to construct multiplayer video games that anybody can get pleasure from.”

The studio plans to make use of the funds to develop the Magic Video games staff. It’s seeking to rent artists and builders in Istanbul. Magic Video games can be on the lookout for expertise elsewhere and has plans to open a second workplace in Europe.

“We have been instantly drawn to Magic Video games’ ambition of making match-3 puzzle video games that mix neighborhood options with social/multiplayer components, a style that can attraction to each informal and core gamers on cellular,” stated Makers Fund’s Curtis Urbanowicz. “The informal video games market is prepared for extra various, extremely social video games that construct up bustling participant communities.”

Magic Video games is engaged on its as of but untitled first recreation. It’s going to be a social recreation with a match-3 core. Artists and builders who be a part of the studio will in all probability discover themselves engaged on the studio’s debut recreation.

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