Independent game company Manticore Games has raised $15 million in funding led by Fortnite developer Epic Games.
The funds will accelerate the San Mateo-based Manticore’s video game creation platform, Core, which launched in open alpha mode back in March with a mission to make game design more accessible and foster collaboration.
The platform, which allows anyone with a PC to build, share, publish and play games, includes a variety of game genres, including role-playing, adventure, massively multiplayer online, survival, shooters, puzzle and music games. In July, Manticore Games unveiled a $1 million dollar pilot program to pay developers through Core.
“At Epic we believe the industry is ultimately headed to games becoming more like open platforms where creators can build their own worlds,” said Epic president Adam Sussman in a statement. “Built in Unreal, Core exemplifies this future and goes one step further by providing the environment for anybody to create great multiplayer games, and a metaverse playground where players discover endless entertainment.”
Core also offers tutorial guides to scripting and level design contests — such as a recent Dungeons & Dragons “Design-A-Dungeon” competition — and provides support and resources to game developers who use the platform.
“We admire Epic’s leadership in empowering our industry through technology and feel very aligned in a vision of the future for a user generated multiverse: we are leading a complete democratization of the landscape in how games are made and played, and even who makes and plays games,” said Manticore co-founder and CEO Frederic Descamps. “Core represents a drastic paradigm shift in user-generated gaming that resembles how YouTube or Twitch completely changed expectations and economies for video and streaming; the difference is that Core users can already produce and play high-quality games in a connected multiverse.”
Looking ahead, Core will explore further monetization options for developers to help them expand viewership for their games and generate income.