Epic Games invests $15 million in DIY game startup Manticore Games
The metaverse is the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected, like in novels such as Snow Crash and Ready Player One. Manticore’s Core platform is a do-it-yourself game-making system that seeks to enable anyone to make games. By connecting these games within a single world, Manticore hopes to jumpstart its bid to create something out of science fiction.
Closer to today’s reality, Manticore’s mission is to unleash creativity in games by lowering the barriers to game making and publishing the same way that YouTube revolutionized video creation.
The deal shows that Epic’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple hasn’t slowed Epic down. Adam Sussman, president of Epic Games, believes that Core’s mission is similar to Epic’s, as the maker of the Unreal Engine and Fortnite believes that games will become more like open platforms where creators can build their own worlds. Core uses the Unreal engine. In funding Manticore, Epic believes that no single company will create the metaverse on its own.
Core already has significant momentum. Last March, the company opened the platform to creators in an alpha testing phase, and today it has a lot of game genres, styles, and aesthetics including role-playing games, adventure, survival, shooters, merge three, puzzle, music games, and more.
The San Mateo, California company also recently announced an early $1 Million Creator Payouts Pilot Program as part of a plan to build a new creative economy for creators.