Bunch, a party app for multiplayer games, has closed $20 million in Series A funding.
Led by venture capital firm General Catalyst, investors include top game publishers and developers including Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft and Riot Games.
The app, which allows users to connect over video chat on smartphones and tablets to play popular games like Uno!, Mario Kart Tour and Roblox, will use the funding to grow its user base and expand integrations with popular multiplayer games.
“Multiplayer games are the new social networks,” said Selcuk Atli, CEO and co-founder of Bunch. “And in these trying times where we are isolated from each other, games are how people are choosing to spend time with friends.”
Atli continued, “Each game is a disconnected island, and at Bunch we are creating one way for players to connect with friends inside and outside of their favorite games. We are super excited to partner with General Catalyst, and importantly, makers of many of the most popular games in the world as our investors.”
Launched in 2018 by Atli, Jason Liang and Jordan Howlett, Bunch allows developers to integrate the app into their own games. Since March of this year, it has been growing more than 50 times its monthly active users, with a core user base of male and female Gen-Z and millennial players.
“We are big believers in Bunch’s long term vision to create one place where people gather with friends to play all of their favorite games,” said Niko Bonatsos, managing director at General Catalyst. “And the enthusiastic and unprecedented support Bunch has from the games industry is a testament to the company’s potential to define the next standard in multiplayer games.”
Bunch maintains offices in New York and Toronto. The app is available through Apple’s app store and Google Play.