Animoca Brands invests $30 million in hi

Animoca Brands will support hi’s vision ​​to deliver real-world use cases for cryptocurrencies and utility tokens.

Hong Kong-based Animoca Brands announced the strategic partnership with hi, the Web3 Wallet-Crypto Neobank. As part of the partnership, Animoca Brands will invest $30 million in hi and collaborate on a number of future initiatives.

The partnership is expected to lead to deep integration between Animoca Brands’ ecosystem and hi’s innovative services that are driving Web3 mass adoption. In 2022, hi – which has amassed over 3.5 million users with 1 million KYC-ed users – announced the world’s first debit card featuring NFT avatar customization powered by Mastercard. With the first cards shipping in Q3 2023, eligible cardholders will be able to personalize the face of their debit card with an NFT avatar they verifiably own and spend their fiat and digital currencies at more than 90 million locations worldwide. Animoca Brands’ portfolio companies could benefit from customization features.

Yat Siu, the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Animoca Brands, said: “We are looking forward to investing in and partnering with hi, which is committed to bridging the gap between the fiat and cryptocurrency worlds. As part of this partnership, we will collaborate with hi on its continued development of the hi App and the hi Protocol to drive positive impact for the broader Web3 ecosystem.”

Commenting on the partnership, Sean Rach, the Co-Founder of hi, said, “hi is proud to work closely with Animoca Brands, especially given its experience in backing some of the earliest and most prominent Web3 companies. By teaming up with Animoca Brands, we will be able to boost the adoption of hi products and services, helping to drive mass adoption for blockchain technology.”

Animoca Brands will support hi’s vision ​​to deliver real-world use cases for cryptocurrencies and utility tokens, allowing users to directly spend and be rewarded with certain tokens used in the Animoca Brands ecosystem, including SAND, EDU, APE, REVV, GMEE, and others.

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