Manticore Games raises $30 million for new platform that ‘radically’ simplifies how 3D games are made and published 

Manticore Games has raised $30 million in Series B funding to launch “a new ecosystem for creating, sharing, and playing high-quality online games”, Core.

Self-described as “a digital playground and community designed to unleash imagination and redefine game creation, distribution and play” the new Californian company – led by Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard, who bring experiences from companies such as EA, Zynga, Xfire, Trion Worlds, and A Bit Lucky – was founded with the mission to “help define the next era in games”. 

“Core’s mission is to empower and discover a whole new generation of creators,” said Frederic Descamps, CEO and co-founder, Manticore Games. “Developing successful multiplayer online games today is extremely arduous and mostly reserved for well-resourced teams. Core frees creators from those constraints and allows their creativity to thrive with experimentation and collaboration.”

“Core feels like magic,” added Jordan Maynard, Manticore’s chief creative officer and co-founder. “Under the hood we have built incredibly sophisticated technology with an easy-to-use interface for creating high-quality games without the art and coding overhead. The result is a platform that is radically accessible, yet enables extremely high-quality graphics and gameplay. We can’t wait to be blown away by the innovation and imagination of Core creators.”

“Frederic and Jordan founded Manticore on a revolutionary idea,” concluded returning investor and Benchmark General partner, Mitch Lasky, which contributed to a previous $15 million funding round in December 2017. “They saw the opportunity to radically simplify the way high-quality 3D games are created and published, and in the process, to open up gaming to the explosion of innovative user-generated content that has transformed other media. Core unlocks a new world of possibilities for both game designers and game players, and it is truly one of the most exciting things we’ve seen in gaming in many years.”

About Vikki Blake

It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond, including Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, IGN, MTV, and Variety.

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