Finnish game studio Social First has secured a $2.5 million pre-seed investment. The round saw the participation of Play Ventures and a syndicate led by Joakim Achrén. The investment will enable the startup to grow faster in the coming years and deliver titles that will create lasting and meaningful social experiences for fans of multiplayer games.
Founded in late 2021 by games industry veterans Kim Soares and Mikko Kähärä, the startup is on a mission to create games that are social experiences, span decades, and extend beyond gaming; giving players platforms to create meaningful relationships with people all across the world.
Talking about the untapped potential of social gaming, Kim Soares, CEO, Social First said: “Social gaming is growing rapidly and our team is experienced in creating social cross-platform games with strong communities that enable people all over the world to form friendships that can last a lifetime. Combining that into games that are designed to be played for a decade or more, and taking into account other new and emerging technological possibilities, we saw an opportunity to ride a perfect storm and really make a huge impact in the games industry."
Harri Manninen, Founding Partner, Play Ventures said: “The social games market has grown massively in recent years, with people finding more meaningful connections globally through engaging social gameplay. Social First is approaching this opportunity with decades of know-how and the proven ability to scale cross-platform social MMOs. We believe that Social First will play a major role in defining the next big trend in gaming.”
Formed by games industry veterans, with a combined over 100 years of experience in the industry with dozens of titles shipped, most of the team has worked together on previous projects, with successes at studios such as Kukouri, Paradox Interactive, Nitro Games, Ubisoft, and Housemarque.