Founded back in 2015 by two game industry veterans; Will Wright (The Sims, SimCity, Spore) and Lauren Elliott (the creator of Carmen San Diego), Gallium Studios initially aimed to “design and publish the next generation of simulation games”, but the studio arguably had a slow start.
However, things are changing for the better for Gallium Studios. The gaming firm released an announcement stating that it has raised $6 million from Griffin Gaming Partners to develop two new blockchain games called Proxi and VoxVerse.
The experienced duo wants to “incorporate the latest blockchain and AI technologies” and “keep players at the center of the development process. Game design should always put players first.” said Lauren Elliott.
Peter Levin, Managing Director at Griffin Gaming Partners also shared his thoughts on the newly created partnership:
“We are thrilled to be working with Lauren and Will on their new vision for experiences that explore a player’s sense of self and subconscious; a natural evolution from the team’s prior successes with such iconic franchises as The Sims, Spore and Where in the World is Carmen Santiago?”
Lauren Elliot, who is also the CEO of Gallium added:
“This is a great time to be designing and publishing the next generation of simulation games, and we’re happy to be partnering with Griffin to make that happen. We’re at a point where advanced AI and the core features of blockchain technology can combine to support Will’s vision to keep players at the center of the development process. “
Will Wright announced Proxi back in 2018 and said “in some sense, Proxi is a game of self-discovery, a game where we actually uncover the hidden you,” VoxVerse, on the other hand, is a metaverse project Wright is working on alongside Gala Games and the latter recently partnered up with Unity to build the VoxVerse.
Gaming-focused venture capital firm Griffin Gaming Partners is no stranger to the blockchain world. The venture capital has been investing in several Web3-based gaming companies and announced a $750 million gaming fund back in March 2020.