These kitties are becoming fat cats.
Dapper Labs, the Canadian company that brought you the crypto-collectibles CryptoKitties, gained $15 million in additional funding thanks to a number of investors starting with Venrock, GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Samsung NEXT. The company has raised $27.85 million to date.
Roham Gharegozlou, CEO at Dapper Labs, said in a press release the company’s mission “is to use games and entertainment to bring the values of decentralization to billions of consumers worldwide. This round of financing was about getting the right partners around the table to bring compelling content to the blockchain, and make sure usability and infrastructure allow for adoption by mainstream consumers.”
How will the company use the money? Expansion, both at home and globally including establishing a U.S. subsidiary “led by former executives from Unity and Disney, with additional hires for the Canada office from Ubisoft, EA Sports, Amazon, ESPN, Hasbro and Zynga.”
Is another product in the offing? The release says little beyond funding going toward the “build-out of the infrastructure necessary to attract mainstream consumers to the blockchain.” But here’s one possibility: Tokenville, another company that wants to bring blockchain technology to the masses using cartoons, said this week it is working with the CryptoKitties people on a television program called “Crypto Detective.”