The surge in popularity of gaming superapps has injected fresh vitality into the world of NFTs, opening up exciting possibilities for gamers to explore, access, and enjoy a diverse range of casual Web3 games—all conveniently accessible from a single application. Leading this trend is GAM3S.GG, a Web3 gaming platform with the ambitious goal of welcoming 100 million players into its ecosystem.
Today, GAM3S.GG (formerly known as Polkastarter Gaming) announced it has closed $2 million in seed funding led by Mechanism Capital, with participation from other major venture and angel investors. Other backers include Polygon, Double Peak, ArkStream Capital, LD Capital, ROK Capital, Hyperithm, Snackclub, Emurgo Ventures, Eden Ventures, MixMarvel DAO Venture, 4SV, CommonWealth Capital, Venly Ventures, TKX Capital, SkyVision Capital, Compute Ventures and MarketAcross, as well as several angel investors in the web3 gaming space.
The seed round funding marks the project’s strategic rebranding to harmonize with its fresh vision. GAM3S.GG will use the fresh capital infusion to scale and grow the GAM3S.GG gaming superapp — called the “IGN for web3” by investors and partners.
The GAM3S.GG platform has rapidly emerged as a pivotal player in the Web3 gaming sphere, offering a curated selection of over 200 games across 15 different blockchain networks. Since its launch in November 2022, it has attracted more than 60,000 registered gamers, solidifying its status as a leading hub for Web3 gamers.
“Web3 games are a uniquely difficult product to build, let alone the infrastructure surrounding and enabling it. This holds especially true for gaming hubs and aggregators.” said Ken, Partner at Mechanism Capital. “Finding the win will require teams to take us past the feature sets we have been stuck with for years, and the ability to understand incumbent playbooks and evolve them with aggressive experimentation. We see that here with this squad – now it’s just a matter of time for players to make their way to GAM3S.GG.” added Ken.
In 2023, notable gaming industry giants like Zynga and Ubisoft have dipped their toes into web3 gaming with projects like Sugartown and Champions Tactics: Grimoria Chronicles. As the web3 gaming community expands, GAM3S.GG’s role as an aggregator becomes increasingly essential. The platform aims to cater to both newcomers and seasoned enthusiasts, providing a unified hub for exploring the exciting realm of web3 gaming.
“The gaming industry is at a crossroads; while web3 offers new exciting possibilities, the lack of quality content and a singular destination for all your web3 gaming needs has left many gamers lost,” said Omar Ghanem, Co-Founder & CEO at GAM3S.GG.
GAM3S.GG aims to fill this void by spotlighting top games, offering advanced features like social logins, player-owned item management, progression rewards, retrospective in-game progress tracking, and enabling direct gameplay of web3 games on the platform.
GAM3S.GG has already made a significant impact, hosting the inaugural GAM3 Awards last December, attracting over 250,000 votes and 140,000 unique viewers. Looking ahead, the platform is committed to eliminating barriers to entry for blockchain games and striving to become the definitive home for Web3 gaming.
“Traditional gaming has its IGN and Kotaku, yet the industry isn’t ready for the change that blockchain-powered titles present; and if we wait for them to step in, we’d lose potential early adopters and valuable progress — and that’s why GAM3S.GG was born,” added Ghanem. “We’re not just curating; we’re spotlighting the top games, setting the gold standard, and allowing gamers to engage with games in unprecedented ways as we aim to become the definitive home of web3 gaming.”
The ambitious mission of the GAM3S.GG team is to help Web3 gaming reach a user base of 100 million through its platform and content. Shreyansh Singh, Head of Investments at Polygon, emphasized the platform’s innovative approach in guiding and curating Web3 gaming experiences. He noted that GAM3S.GG represents a vision where Web3 gaming is accessible, quality games stand out, and gamers have a trusted compass in this evolving frontier.
As the web3 gaming industry continues to evolve, GAM3S.GG aspires to be the go-to gateway for gamers, providing them with a comprehensive resource to fully enjoy the potential of Web3 games. This journey marks just the beginning of GAM3S.GG’s role in shaping the future of web3 gaming.