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  FuzzyBot, a Game Studio Founded by Former EA Veterans, Raises $3.5M To Build Cooperative Games Based in Imaginative Worlds
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09/21/2021
 


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LOS ANGELES, CA – September 21, 2021 — FuzzyBot, a new independent game development studio, announced today it has raised a $3.5M Seed Round led by BITKRAFT Ventures with participation from Sisu Games Ventures and 1Up Ventures. The capital will be used to scale the team and further accelerate development of their first game.


Founded by Electronic Arts (EA) veterans Tatyana Dyshlova, former Lead Producer at EA, and Max Spielberg, former Design Director at EA,  the new studio is on a mission to create ambitious cross-genre, co-op games that are deep, replayable, and socially creative. Alongside Tatyana and Max, the core team consists of former leads from AAA game studios such as EA, Bungie, Ubisoft, and Retro Studios.


For its first game, FuzzyBot plans to create a “roguelife,” a long-lasting co-operative game that blends combat and progression elements of the Roguelite and Life Sim genres.


“It’s evident that the FuzzyBot team has transferred their synergy from EA to the new studio. Their proven ability to grow a world-class development team will be invaluable as they collaborate to tap into a cross-genre market opportunity,” commented BITKRAFT Ventures Founding General Partner, Malte Barth.


“I worked with Max early on in his career at EA and I felt even back then that he had the talent to start his own studio one day. I was further convinced that Sisu should invest when I got to know Tatyana as well. Her passion and positive energy is contagious and she cares deeply about creating an awesome company culture. Our industry needs more CEOs like her. Finally, the vision for the game and the team Max and Tatyana recruited made it a slam dunk! We are proud and excited to welcome Tatyana, Max, and their whole team into the ever-expanding Sisu family of ambitious game industry entrepreneurs,” commented Sisu Game Ventures General Partner, Erik Gloersen.


At its core, FuzzyBot believes the best ideas can come from anyone, cultivates ownership and creativity, and prioritizes a healthy work-life integration.


“The games industry is notorious for its inflexible high-crunch culture and we are determined to chart a new path in how our company operates and brings games to market. We value the collaborative speed that comes from working within a small team and look to capitalize on the benefits that a remote studio can provide,” commented CEO and Co-Founder, Tatyana Dyshlova.


For more information about FuzzyBot, please visit https://www.FuzzyBot.com/


About FuzzyBot 

Founded in 2020, FuzzyBot is a game development studio with a mission to build games that connect players across generations by creating cooperative experiences set in imaginative worlds. Spearheaded by a team of experienced industry veterans, FuzzyBot believes that smaller, more versatile teams with low production overhead can succeed by focusing on innovative mechanics and standing out through eye-catching aesthetics. The studio’s development philosophy is centered around dreaming big, but building smart by maintaining a pragmatic, flexible, and down-to-earth approach that’s focused on shipping high-quality games.  For more information, please visit https://www.FuzzyBot.com/


About BITKRAFT Ventures 

BITKRAFT Ventures is a global early- and mid-stage investment platform for gaming, esports,
and interactive media. Founded by esports veteran Jens Hilgers, BITKRAFT serves a worldwide network that spans some of the industry’s more forward-thinking startups and founders working to build and operate the virtual worlds and economies of the future. BITKRAFT operates four venture funds with a total of over $475M USD in assets under management and has over 50 companies in its global portfolio.

BITKRAFT’s experienced international team seeks to create significant value through early candid partnerships, unique domain experience, entrepreneurial history, and a global ecosystem of strategic partners.

Find out more about how BITKRAFT and its portfolio companies are pushing the boundaries of Synthetic Reality® by visiting https://www.bitkraft.vc/vision.


About Sisu

We are not just investors. We are also veteran game developers who help other developers realize their dreams. Sisu is an early-stage venture capital fund focused 100% on games. We set up shop in 2014 to support the most promising founders in the industry. Sisu has deep roots in the Nordic region, but our network of founders is fully global. The Sisu team has extensive backgrounds in the gaming and startup circles, both as entrepreneurs and investors. In addition to money, we invest time and expertise to help level up our portfolio companies as they become a part of the Sisu family. Please visit Sisu.vc for more information.


About 1Up Ventures

1Up Ventures is a venture fund focused on building a community of independent game developers. Founded by Ed Fries, former vice president of Microsoft Game Studios and a co-founder of Xbox, Fries opened the fund in 2019.  1Up Ventures is located in Kirkland, Washington.