Dublin games business Jamango raises $2.5m

Irish start-up Jamango is spearheading a revolution in user-generated online games.

Launching globally this week, browser-based games firm Jamango has raised $2.5m in funding.

The pre-seed funding round was co-led by Elkstone and Delta Partners with additional funding from notable angel investors including Brian Caulfield, Brendan O’Driscoll, and Conor Sheahan who joins as chair.

“Our mission at Jamango is to empower the next generation of game creators”

Jamango, which was founded by serial entrepreneurs Adam Dalton, Richard Whelan and Jeremy Klarenbeek, empowers users to instantly create and play user-generated games online.

The future of gaming is user-generated

Serial entrepreneur Dalton was co-founder of Robotify, a business that was acquired by Imagine Learning in 2021.

The Jamango team have worked on award-winning games such as FIFA, The Sims, Star Wars Battlefront, and Horizon.

The platform’s creator tools emphasise creativity, allowing players to combine simple block-based building with a no-code editor to give users a more accessible and immersive game creation experience.

“Our mission at Jamango is to empower the next generation of game creators,” said Dalton. “We see a major opportunity to bring user-generated content to the browser at a time when the market is signaling a surge in demand for the browser game category.

“We’ve developed a proprietary engine that turns the creative process of building worlds and making games into a simple, fun, and social experience that’s instantly accessible to anybody who has access to a web browser.”

Dalton says the gaming industry is on the brink of transformation as the demand for user-generated content and the resurgence of browser-based instant gaming continues to fuel a market expected to grow by $63bn through 2027.

He said Jamango aims to lead this revolution with its accessible tools.

“Delta is excited to be supporting the Jamango team on their mission to bring a new UGC Instant gaming platform to life. Inspired by platforms such as Roblox and games like Minecraft, we believe Jamango has a new unique proposition that their players and creators alike will love.” said Rich Barnwell, investor at Delta Partners and founder of DIGIT, acquired by Scopely.

Barnwell also led DIGIT in developing Star Trek Fleet Command, and was previously at Jagex, creators of the renowned MMORPG Runescape.

Jamango has also attracted industry leading expertise to its advisory board with members including Kevin Bergin (former VP of Technology at Scopely), Brendan McCaffrey (experienced AAA games key art director) and Eric Kabish (VP of Design at VRChat, former VP of Design at Roblox).

Jamango says it will use the additional capital to accelerate further platform development and recruit top talent across various disciplines to bolster their growth.

The business is currently hiring for growth and engineering roles. Interested candidates can explore opportunities here

“‘Elkstone is delighted to once again support a founder that led a previous Elkstone investment from startup to successful exit,” said Niall McEvoy, Partner at Elkstone.

“The founders at Jamango have built a stellar team of industry experts to support their vision for the future of UGC browser led gaming engagement. We look forward to supporting the team as they grow and scale this exciting business.”

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