France’s Homa Video games has raised $15 million to reinforce its manufacturing unit for constructing hypercasual cell video games.
The seed spherical is an enormous one for Europe, however the writer and developer already has greater than 30 apps and video games in its portfolio. The class of hypercasual video games — that are light-weight video games that you would be able to play in a minute — is a scorching one. And Homa Video games already has greater than 250 million lifetime downloads because it was based in 2018.
The cash got here from Idinvest Companions, E.ventures, and angel buyers.
Since its founding, Paris-based Homa Video games has targeted on hypercasual as its foremost focus it has launched hits comparable to Tower Colour, Sky Curler, and Nerf Epic Pranks. The latter sport was the corporate’s first licensed sport in collaboration with Hasbro.
Combining in-house made tech and its personal inventive studio, Homa Video games supplies central providers to its studio companions with a concentrate on automation and optimization at each step of app manufacturing and publishing. Homa Video games develops video games internally, and it additionally companions with 200 exterior studios worldwide.
The corporate’s speedy progress got here amid the pandemic, making it one among few startups in France hiring throughout the nationwide lockdown. Homa Video games quadrupled its group up to now yr, increasing its attain to places of work in Toulouse, Lisbon, and Skopje. It added employees from the Toulouse-based IRL Group.
In 2021, Homa Video games added some key administration employees, together with vp of operations Julien Bourhis, beforehand challenge chief for Boston Consulting Group; Naveen Mewani, head of progress methods; and Romain Levrini, vp of finance.
CEO Daniel Nathan stated in an e-mail to GamesBeat that the corporate is aiming to disrupt the content material creation course of to launch entertaining apps to an enormous viewers. He stated the seed spherical will allow the corporate to spend money on extra folks, mental property licensing, and new video games.
Homa goals to additional diversify and develop its portfolio, create new tech for consumer acquisition and monetization, and enhance its prototyping and growth.
OneRagtime, a French enterprise capital fund can also be taking part within the spherical. Angel buyers embody Jean-Marie Messier (ex-Vivendi CEO), Vladimir Lasocki (co-head at Carlyle Europe Know-how Companions), John Cheng (ex-head of knowledge merchandise at Unity), and Alexis Bonillo (cofounder of Zenly).
Benoist Grossmann, managing companion at Idinvest Companions, and Jonathan Userovici, companion at E.ventures, are becoming a member of the board of Homa Video games.
Homa has 80 workers from 17 nations. Nathan based his first iPhone sport firm on the age of 18, and he went on to create different corporations in media and leisure. Juan José Mostazo is chief expertise officer and a veteran of a number of startups in massive information, scalable techniques, and adtech. Olivier Le Bas, chief income officer, labored at Dailymotion and one other startup.
The corporate has targeted on market intelligence and testing with its Homa Lab group, so it solely invests in concepts which have a possible. It iterates on the prototypes till the video games are good. After which it tries to succeed in huge audiences by way of distribution, Nathan stated. He stated it might probably take as little as three days for the corporate to check whether or not an thought will work or not.
“We offer a 360-service together with sport design suggestions, inventive advertisements manufacturing, tech assist — all the pieces for a studio to concentrate on what they love essentially the most, which is growing video games,” Nathan stated. “Most of our studio-partners come from a historic relation between us by curated loyalty and belief. However, we’re all the time looking out for brand new skills with our sharp enterprise growth group.”
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