Netspeak Games has announced a $12 million Series A investment round, increasing the received investment total to $16 million. The company will concentrate on launching its first title, a social, mobile game called Sunshine Days.
Lakestar and Project A led the investment round, with contributions from influential figures such as CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, Jagex CEO Phil Mansell, and Investment Director of Kepler Interactive, Catherine Chew. Netspeak will use this investment to increase its hiring budget and speed up the launch process of Sunshine Days.
Sunshine Days is a mobile village-building game, and it’s in early access as of now. The company has also announced that the game will be free-to-play. Netspeak promoted its debut title with these words:
“Our first game is Sunshine Days – a wholesome village-life game with a social twist. Play as the new kid on the block in the cute and colorful world of Sunshine Valley – where it’s up to you to shape the future of the village & help the community find its heart again!”
The UK-based development company had already acquired experienced and upcoming talent from big players in the industry, such as Sony, EA, Rockstar, Square Enix, Payload Studios, Lockwood Publishing, SEGA Europe, and King. The recent recruitments from names like Microsoft and Palantir have further expanded the team.
Callum Brighting, CEO of Netspeak, made these comments in his blog post on the official Netspeak website:
“At Netspeak, we strive to get past our industry’s obsession with the latest trend or newest technology and make games that truly express the potential of our medium – by building worlds that our players will want to spend time in by giving them tools to express and explore their identities, and by creating experiences that they can share with friends, old and new.”
Netspeak is still looking for more experience and talent to expand the team. The company welcomes “speculative inquiries from anyone looking to find a role in games” and offers remote work along with many side benefits.