Mainframe Industries, a pan-Nordic game venture with studios in Helsinki and Reykjavik, launched today with a €2 million seed round from early-stage tech and gaming investors such as Maki.vs, Play Ventures, Crowberry Capital, and Sisu Game Ventures.

Thirteen veteran game developers bound together to create Mainframe Industries, with a shared mission to create the first open world, social sandbox MMO for cloud gaming — or as co-founder and CEO Thor Gunnarsson put it, “to build the game we’ve been preparing for our whole lives.”

The group believes cloud gaming, which promises friction-free play from social networks and streaming platforms on any device, will usher in a new era of creativity and play for developers and gamers alike.

Gunnarsson explained: “For Mainframe, the ability to deliver to all platforms a level of immersion and world simulation typically only seen in high-end PC games means that the visual gap between devices disappears as we move to the cloud. And we see tremendous potential in the expansive computing and storage capacity of the cloud. We can make bigger and better games with more complex physics simulation, AI, and character systems to deliver a fresh gaming experience unbounded by the constraints of individual platforms.”

Commenting on the opportunity that comes with advances in network technology, Ilkka Kivimäki​, founding partner at Maki.vc said: “We are firm believers that the global gaming industry will once again be redefined as 5G will allow wireless gaming with low and consistent latency, benefitting gamers through improved discoverability, social enabling, and variety of content. The Nordics have showcased their strength in games before, and we find Mainframe’s exceptional, pan-Nordic team uniquely positioned to seize this new opportunity.”

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