Cloud-based social gaming platform Piepacker has raised $ 12 million following a Series A funding round.
The funding round was led by Lego Ventures and included additional investments from long-term investors Makers Fund and V13 Invest alongside others.
The round brings Piepacker’s total capital raised in 2021 to $ 15 million, following a funding round that raised $ 3 million.
Piepacker allows users to play official and licensed retro games through its free online platform through a web browser.
Its current free catalog offers more than 80 games with partnerships such as Codemasters, Interplay, Team17 and Data East.
The platform entered development in March 2020, following a Kickstarter campaign that raised $ 220,000.
Accessible to everyone
“We created Piepacker to provide a social and user-friendly cloud gaming platform,” said Benjamin Devienne, CEO of Piepacker.
“We designed it to be accessible to everyone: available directly from a web browser, it does not require a high-speed internet connection to provide a seamless multiplayer gaming experience.”
Piepacker will use the funding to support the platform’s future growth to more devices and territories and will focus on its core social experience.
In addition, in addition to increasing the number of new modern and classic retro games in its catalog, Piepacker will offer board games, card games and board games to its community.
Devienne added: “Piepacker aims to bring people together through games, with a touch of childhood playfulness and creativity. It was a natural step to choose Lego Ventures as the catalyst and key advisor for our growth model. Lego’s DNA and philosophy resonate perfectly. with our vision. “
Commenting on the roundtable, Lego Ventures Chief Digital Officer Rob Lowe added, “At Lego Ventures, we are investing in the future of education and digital play, exploring the Lego idea of to learn through play. It fits very well with Piepacker’s vision and future ambitions. “
Going forward, Piepacker aims to expand beyond retro games, with plans to “experiment” with new genres of content and interactive experiences.
The beta version of Piepacker is currently available to the public and is approaching the 500,000 user mark.