EGYPT – Gamesbandy, a gaming startup, has secured an undisclosed Seed round, led by Flat6labs Bahrain and Tamkeen.
The money will go into expanding Gamesbandy’s platform to accommodate additional games, investing in marketing, and expanding regionally to become MENA’s one-stop shop for game trade.
“Gaming is no longer a pastime. Due to the tremendous popularity of gaming throughout the world, many gamers have turned their passion into a lucrative business, and we’re aiming to facilitate that for the gaming community,” Abdulrahman Aboshamah, Gamesbandy Founder said.
Founded in May 2020, Gamesbandy is a MENA-based gamer marketplace that allows users to deal safely while ensuring the legitimacy of their purchases and transactions.
Users like having a reliable, safe site to exchange their gaming accounts and things, while Gamesbandy profits from commissions on purchases.
“Due to the tremendous popularity of gaming throughout the world, many gamers have turned their passion into a lucrative business.”Abdulrahman Aboshamah – Founder, Gamesbandy
The gaming company is rapidly expanding, allowing gamers to swap accounts, in-game goodies, or virtual cash for in-game purchases. Gamers may sell their past high-level accounts to anyone who would rather pay than start again.
Flat6Labs Bahrain is a seed program supported by Tamkeen that accelerates and launches both local and international Startups in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Flat6Labs Bahrain, which opened in 2018 as the sixth Flat6Labs office in the MENA area, assists and encourages entrepreneurs as they navigate the important early stages of their businesses. The program selects 8–10 talented teams to join its program each cycle.
Bahrain’s Tamkeen is a semi-autonomous government agency. National Communication Centre established it in 2006 to give help and training to private-sector enterprises and people, as well as to support the sector’s development.
Funding to Gamesbandy came because the startup would be targeting the MENA regional market, which Bahrain is part of and which Flat6Labs focuses on.
With this investment, Flat6Labs joins other investors in Egypt’s startup gaming space such as 4DX Ventures. Investment, last year, in Anubis Gaming came from a regional ecommerce group.
Africa’s gaming ecosystem is still developing. Building on the success of “Aurion’s Heritage of Kori-Odan”, which in 2016 became the very first video game made in Cameroon, Cameroonian startup Kiro’o Games, recently announced it has raised more than US$1 million as part of a fundraising campaign it launched in 2019.
This was not the first time Kiro’o Games was raising funds. The startup successfully raised US$305,000 through equity crowdfunding between 2013 and 2018, and in 2019 launched a US$1 million crowdfunding target through its own crowdfunding platform called Rebuntu Equity Crowdfunding.
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