In the ever-evolving world of digital entertainment, rare convergences of technology and creativity mark the dawn of new eras. Today, Transcend proudly leads a $4.25 million Seed investment in Eggscape Entertainment, heralding a significant inflection point in the realm of virtual reality: the rise of mixed reality or spatial computing.
Eggscape, co-founded by the acclaimed trio from 3DAR – German Heller, Federico Heller, and Jorge Tereso – along with hardware wizard Brandon Maseda, brings an unparalleled blend of creative genius and technological prowess. This team's legacy includes Sundance accolades and a history of boundary-pushing in VR and immersive experiences.
Their latest creation? A mixed reality game that seamlessly merges the virtual and the physical. It's not just a game; it's a new paradigm in play. Featuring Pixar-quality animation, a vibrant cast of characters, and an engaging narrative, this game offers both pre-designed adventures and a world builder for user-generated content, promising endless replayability.
But why Eggscape, and why now? The numbers speak volumes: The AR/VR industry is on a trajectory to hit $80 billion by 2028, growing at a 32% annual rate. The Quest Store's revenue has quintupled since 2019, surpassing $2 billion, with the app dominating download charts in the 2024 holiday season. The release of Quest 3 and Apple's Vision Pro announcement signal a mainstream embrace of VR, further bolstered by upcoming innovations from giants like Samsung/Qualcomm and Nintendo/Google.
Most compellingly, a new generation of gamers is integrating VR into their daily social and play routines, a trend Eggscape is poised to capitalize on. Their mixed reality-first approach, coupled with potential for cross-platform and transmedia expansion, positions them at the forefront of this burgeoning market.
Transcend's investment in Eggscape is more than a portfolio addition; it's a commitment to pioneering a new gaming frontier, embodying our mission to transform the industry and craft experiences that redefine gaming. Join us in this journey as we shape the future of play.
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About Andrew Sheppard
Andrew Sheppard is a seasoned strategist and gaming executive working today as an investor, advisor and public company board member for some of the best teams in media and entertainment.
Andrew has 20+ years of operating experience building, growing and managing multi-billion dollar consumer businesses. Earlier in his career, Andrew was CEO of GREE International, President of Studios at Kabam and Head of Strategy at Electronic Art's Maxis Studio. He holds a degree in Economics from Pomona College and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business.