PlayMakers raises $1.5M for user-generated content for games

PlayMakers has raised $1.5 million in pre-seed funding to boost user-generated content across a wide spectrum of games.

Founded just a year ago by Ilan Nabeth, Maxime Niankouri, and Costantino Carrega, the PlayMakers team, consisting of former Homa employees, has already marked impressive achievements with a collective 600 million game downloads during their previous roles.

The pre-seed funding round saw substantial interest from prominent investors, with RockawayX leading the round. Key business angels, including Sébastien Borget, Vincent Hart de Keating and Hugues Ouvard, also participated, contributing to PlayMakers’ vision of transforming gamers into creators.

PlayMakers envisions empowering players to become content creators through a platform allowing game studios to harness the passion and skills of their community. Users can craft new game assets such as 3D characters, animations, and music, among others.

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This white-label platform is tailored to each game community’s unique characteristics, facilitating seamless implementation of player-made creations into the game with a single click. Developers can renew gaming experiences with fresh content or monetize the creations, unlocking new revenue streams.

Nabeth, CEO at PlayMakers, said in a statement, “With the rise of generative AI, more and more players are turning into creators. It’s becoming easier to create valuable content, and players are historically extremely keen to contribute. With PlayMakers, we are supporting small and big game studios to involve their players in the game conception thanks to a dedicated and powerful platform.”

PlayMakers founders Ilan Nabeth, Constantino Carrega and Maxime Niankouri.
PlayMakers founders Ilan Nabeth, Constantino Carrega and Maxime Niankouri.

As the gaming industry embraces the era of user-generated content, PlayMakers positions itself as a company at the forefront. Notable industry players like Epic Games and Krafton have heavily invested in user-generated content, with Fortnite dedicating 40% of its net profits to creators and Krafton allocating a $100 million fund for their creators.

PlayMakers is a big fan of user-generated content.

The funds raised will be strategically deployed to enhance PlayMakers’ toolset and expand the team to support an array of studios eager to collaborate with the company. PlayMakers aspires to become the go-to platform for fostering gaming community involvement, offering an unparalleled experience for gamers and developers alike.

Martin Kupka of RockawayX said in a statement, “We are convinced that the upcoming wave of web3 games will focus on turning players into creators, and PlayMakers offers the perfect, easy-to-implement solution for developers to collect, curate, and integrate player creations. We already see strong demand from the market and are excited to continue supporting PlayMakers on their journey.”

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