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Friday 22 March, 2019

Sure Ventures PLC

Follow-on Investment in WarDucks

RNS Number : 6555T
Sure Ventures PLC
22 March 2019
 

SURE VENTURES PLC / ISIN: GB00BYWYZ460 / Ticker: SURE / Market: SFS / Sector: Investment

22 March 2019

SURE VENTURES PLC ('Sure Ventures' or 'the Company')

Follow-on Investment in WarDucks

 

SURE VENTURES PLC, the London listed venture capital fund, which invests in early stage software companies across a range of verticals, is pleased to announce that Suir Valley Ventures ('Suir Valley'), it which it holds a circa 23% interest, has participated in a €3.3 million investment round, at a valuation of  led by EQT Ventures fund for WarDucks, the Dublin-based augmented reality ('AR') game development studio.  The funds raised will be used to drive the development of WarDucks' new location-based AR game and expand its development team. 

 

Suir Valley was an initial seed investor in September 2017, investing €300,000 in WarDucks in the seed round and this has led to a 4X unrealised gain. Suir Valley has followed-on and maintained its 10% holding in the new funding round and remain supportive of WarDucks and its future potential.

 

CEO Nikki Lannen, formerly a senior member of Facebook's gaming team, founded WarDucks (www.warducks.com) in 2013 with the aim of creating world-class content for mobile, AR and VR platforms. It has attracted global talent to work on its latest AR game including gaming legend John Romero as a creative consultant. Co-founder of the BAFTA award-winning Romero Games studio and winner of more than 100 awards, Romero is best known for his work on Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, DOOM II and Quake.  WarDucks has also hired Doug Kaufman, the game designer behind Civilization II and Frontierville, as its lead game designer, and Lawrence Schick, who was previously at ZeniMax where he was Loremaster on the Elder Scrolls Online, as lead narrative designer.

 

SURE VENTURES CIO, Barry Downes, said, "We are delighted to be part of this investment round as WarDucks focuses on launching a new location-based AR reality mobile game.  Traction for these games continues to gain momentum; for example, Pokemon Go has made $2 billion since it launched and is still making over $2 million a day.  Notably, our fellow investor EQT Ventures, discovered WarDucks using its AI platform Motherbrain, which leverages data to identify promising start-ups.  Our on-the-ground investment team were one step ahead having first invested in WarDucks in 2017."

 

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For further information, please visit www.sureventuresplc.com or contact:

 

Gareth Burchell

SURE VENTURES PLC

+44 (0) 20 7186 9918

Isabel de Salis / Melissa Hancock

St Brides Partners (Financial PR)

+44 (0) 20 7236 1177

 

Notes to Editors

SURE VENTURES PLC was established to enable investors to gain access to early stage technology companies within the Augmented/Virtual Reality ('AR/VR'), FinTech, Artificial Intelligence ('AI') and Internet of Things ('IoT') sectors, which are usually dominated by private venture capital funds. The Company was listed on the London Stock Exchange in January 2018 and is focused on making seed and series A investments in companies with first rate management teams, operating within its target markets. It then continues to support these companies as they develop and gain market validation of their products.  The Company holds a 23% interest in entrepreneur-led venture capital fund, Suir Valley Ventures.


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