Jamie Winsor and Patrick Wyatt, founders at One More Game. (One More Game Photo)
— One More Game landed $22 million to fuel development of its first title, Spellcraft.
The company, launched in 2019 by a pair of gaming industry veterans, has been testing its free-to-play game since late 2020 and is opening up a private Alpha Preview Event to solicit feedback from early testers.
The Seattle studio describes Spellcraft as “a new kind of strategy game where players collect and command incredible heroes from colliding worlds.”
“Spellcraft is a fast-action, competitive game that requires both strategic thinking and quick decision-making to achieve victory,” according to its website. “It doesn’t play like any other games we’ve played so we’ve taken to calling it a Real-Time Tactics game.”
One More Game’s co-founders are Patrick Wyatt and Jamie Winsor.
Wyatt spent three years before founding the company as a CTO/principal engineer at Amazon. In the 1990s he was a vice president of research and development at Blizzard where he worked on iconic games like Starcraft and the Diablo series. Following his stint at Blizzard, Wyatt co-founded ArenaNet, the Seattle-area gaming studio responsible for the Guild Wars series.
Winsor did two stints at Undead Labs, a Seattle-area studio that Microsoft bought. In between, he spent nearly three years as a principal software development engineer at automation technology company Chef.
The co-founders worked together at three different game companies — ArenaNet, En Masse Entertainment and Undead Labs.
The company’s developers previously helped build games such as Warcraft, StarCraft, Magic: Arena, Guild Wars, and Diablo.
Lightspeed Venture Partners led the Series A round, which included Gaming Partners, Andreessen Horowitz (which led the seed round), Animal Capital, Cleo Capital, and several individual investors.
One More Game previously raised more than $5 million. It employs around 20 people.
One More Game is one of several up-and-coming gaming startups in the Seattle region, which is buoyed by giants such as Xbox, Valve, and Nintendo.
Other funding news from across the Pacific Northwest tech landscape:
— Picket Homes, a Seattle startup that helps investors acquire and manage single-family rental homes, raised an undisclosed Series A round led by RET Ventures. The company, which owns subsidiaries including Inertia Realty Services and ElaraOne Home Management, is led by Hench LeMaistre, a former exec at Progress Residential and Colony American Homes.
— Portland, Ore.-area security startups OneIDLab and Tonzy are merging to form a new company called Tonzy, Inc. Prior to the merger, OneIDLab raised a $2.2 million round led by Rogue Venture Partners and Columba Ventures Corp. Leading the combined company will be Jonathan DeHart, founder of OneIDLab, and Issac Potoczny-Jones, founder of Tozny.