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a16z Sets the Stage with $75 Million Investment in Web3 Gaming Evolution

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Updated by Harsh Notariya
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In Brief

  • a16z announces a $75 million fund for Web3 gaming startups through SPEEDRUN program.
  • Startups selected for the Speedrun fund will benefit from financial backing and mentorship.
  • a16z's move follows recent Web3 gaming fund initiatives from other major players.
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Leading venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is boldly confident in the Web3 gaming industry, announcing a significant increase in funding for promising startups. With a total of $75 million now earmarked for investment, a16z is offering $750,000 to each selected project in the third installment of its SPEEDRUN fund.

SPEEDRUN is an early-stage accelerator for startups from a16z Games. Startups selected for the a16z SPEEDRUN fund will receive more than financial backing.

They will gain access to a16z’s extensive network of industry experts, strategic guidance, and invaluable mentorship opportunities. With all this support, these startups will significantly increase their chances of success in the competitive Web3 gaming industry.

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Andrew Chen, General Partner at a16z Games, oversees the initiative and will allocate $30 million of the total investment.

“We are investing at the intersection of TECH x GAMES which means AI/infra, 3D tools, VR/AR, web3 games, gamified consumer apps, and much more,” Chen wrote.

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This year’s SPEEDRUN program will run from July 29, 2024, until October 20, 2024, in Los Angeles, US. Those startups who are interested in joining the program are encouraged to enroll before May 19, 2024.

The timing of a16z’s investment is particularly noteworthy, coinciding with a renewed surge of interest and investment in the Web3 gaming sector. Earlier in January 2024, Immutable, Polygon Labs, and King Capital launched the “Inevitable Games Fund” (IGF),” a $100 million dedicated Web3 gaming fund.

This collective movement signals a broader industry consensus on the strategic importance of blockchain technologies in shaping the future of gaming.

Furthermore, research from CoinGecko reveals that more than 70% of the top gaming studios are actively investing in Web3 gaming ventures. Although this shows the future potential and promise behind the Web3 gaming industry, CoinGecko noted some potential challenges ahead.

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List of Top Video Games Companies and Their Web3 Initiatives
List of Top Video Games Companies and Their Web3 Initiatives. Source: CoinGecko

Several emerging key considerations, according to CoinGecko, are the quest for blockchain’s killer product, player-centric rewards, market expansion, and regulations and compliance.

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Lynn Wang is a seasoned journalist at BeInCrypto, covering a wide range of topics, including tokenized real-world assets (RWA), tokenization, artificial intelligence (AI), regulatory enforcement, and investments in the crypto industry. Previously, she led a team of content creators and journalists for BeInCrypto Indonesia, focusing on the adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in the region, as well as regulatory developments. Prior to that, at Value Magazine, she covered...
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