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Irish gaming firm raises $2.5m to develop platform inspired by Minecraft and Roblox


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Jamango was founded by Adam Dalton, Richard Whelan and Jeremy Klarenbeek

Irish start-up Jamango has raised $2.5m (€2.32m) in a pre-seed funding round. The company has built a browser-based platform which supports online game development. This allows players to use simple building tools alongside a “no-code” editor, in order to make the game creation process more accessible.

The accessible tools also do not require any downloads. The platform’s members can then create and play user-generated games online.

The company is preparing for its global launch later this year, with Jamango currently working with a number of creators directly during this development phase.

The business was founded by serial entrepreneurs Adam Dalton, Richard Whelan and Jeremy Klarenbeek, while the team creating the site also have previous experience working on popular games such as Fifa and The Sims.

The pre-seed funding round was co-led by Elkstone and Delta Partners, with additional funding from angel investors. These include Brian Caulfield, chair of Scale Ireland, and Brendan O’Driscoll, Figma’s VP of product, as well as Conor Sheahan, founder of CKS Finance. Mr Sheahan will now join the business as chair.

Jamango plans to use the funding to develop the platform further ahead of its global launch. The funds will also be used to grow its existing team as it seeks to recruit additional engineers.

Inspired by platforms such as Roblox and games like Minecraft

“We’ve developed a proprietary engine that turns the creative process of building worlds and making games into a simple, fun, and social experience that’s instantly accessible to anybody who has access to a web browser,” co-founder Adam Dalton said.

Mr Dalton added that the business has noted a “surge in demand for the browser game category”.

“Inspired by platforms such as Roblox and games like Minecraft, we believe Jamango has a new unique proposition that their players and creators alike will love,” Rich Barnwell, an investor at the early-stage venture capital firm Delta Partners, said.

Elkstone partner Niall McEvoy added that the Dublin-based investment house was once again supporting a founder which had previously led an Elkstone investment from start-up to exit. It had previously invested in Robotify, which was co-founded by Mr Dalton in 2015. Robotify was acquired by Imagine Learning in 2021.

“The founders at Jamango have built a stellar team of industry experts to support their vision for UGC [user-generated content] browser-led gaming engagement,” Mr McEvoy said.

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