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Gaming startup GOALS scores $15M seed round to build the number one AAA football game

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Online football game GOALS, has announced a $15M seed round. Northzone, a global VC firm which has backed Spotify, Klarna, Trustpilot, and Homa Games, led the round with participation from previous investors Cherry Ventures, Moonfire Ventures, Banana Capital and new investors Not Boring Capital and Cassius. The round features notable angels such as FC Barcelona star Gerard Pique, Sorare co-founder and CEO Nicolas Julia, Axie co-founder and COO Aleksander Larsen, metaverse expert Matthew Ball, and web3 authority Magdalena Kala. The funds will allow GOALS to double their headcount recruiting another 30 game developers by the end of 2022.

GOALS is a fast-paced and multiplayer-first football game primarily for PC and consoles that offers a unique and attractive way for gamers to own in-game digital assets as they play. With a focus on quicker and more responsive gameplay, GOALS is different from existing football games by creating a fun, competitive and rewarding experience. Being free-to-play and cross-platform, GOALS provides a completely frictionless opportunity for gamers and football fans to enjoy the beautiful game like never before.

Through the utilization of environmentally friendly blockchain technology, GOALS allows true digital ownership of in-game assets. These in-game assets are earned for free through gameplay and can be used in the game or traded freely at any point.

“We’re thrilled to announce a seed round by an amazing group of VCs and fantastic angel investors”, said GOALS co-founder and CEO Andreas Thorstensson. “We have been in the very fortunate position where investors reached out to us before we were actually fundraising so we were able to pick the ones we felt had the best fit for GOALS. The current investors have the perfect combination of expertise in gaming, sports, web3 and company growth. With GOALS I am building my dream company. It combines my deep interest in sports, gaming, esports and new technology. After playing most football games on the market and observing the esports scene for a long time I could see that gamers deserved something new. GOALS is a gameplay-first football game. Free to play, cross-play, multiplayer-focused, and esports-ready where the players can finally own their in-game items instead of renting them.”

Football and gaming are respectively two enormous markets. With 3.5 billion football fans and 2.9 billion gamers, the estimated market for virtual goods in this space is valued at close to $190bn. Major players have bet big on realism and licensing to sustain their market positions. This leaves a huge space for companies like GOALS who can deliver an esports ready product that offers the accessibility and non-stop action of other online giants like Rocket League. GOALS’ play-and-own business model is ideally placed to service the new market for NFTs which is itself estimated to reach $80Bn by 2025. Gamers will own their players and teams to take part in professional online leagues.

“Andreas has gathered around him a stellar team. They’ve identified a unique opportunity at the intersection of metaverse and football, the world’s largest sport. Web3 and the technology behind innovations like NFTs will power the next generation of businesses in this space and GOALS is poised to become a leader in their own category”, adds Pär-Jörgen Pärson, a partner at Northzone and sitting on the GOALS board.

“GOALS represents a rare investment opportunity. The game they’re building is original and fun, and their growth and business model is truly impressive. Andreas is as impressive a founder as I’ve ever met, has a solid vision and a clear execution plan. From a personal perspective too, this intersection of football, gaming, esports and NFTs covers so much of what I find fascinating. I’m really excited to see where we go from here” says Mattias Ljungman, founder of Moonfire Ventures.

“GOALS is not just a game, but a team on a mission,” says Sophia Bendz, partner at Cherry Ventures, which also led GOALS’ pre-seed round. “In just a few short weeks, GOALS grew its following to well over 25,000 people on social media and thousands upon thousands in Discord. GOALS is creating something people have long wanted. We’re excited to be with them on their journey in creating a new football game people love.”

Founded in late 2021, GOALS has already built a team with an impressive set of skills and track record of successes in entrepreneurship, engineering, game development, gaming, esport and web3. This funding will allow them to grow further in the game development area. As a gaming start-up, GOALS has taken the lead in offering a diverse and inclusive workplace to better attract developers from competing firms.

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ALTAIR BREAKER Launches Globally on Steam and Meta Quest Store

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Test your sword-wielding skills in this fantasy adventure VR action game

Thirdverse, Inc. today launched the VR sword-fighting actual game ALTAIR BREAKER for the Meta Quest 2, Oculus Rift and Valve Index. Players can test their sword-wielding skills, team up with three friends and battle against AI creatures in an expansive fantasy world. ALTAIR BREAKER will be available for purchase starting today at 10:00AM PDT, at a set price of $24.99 on Steam and Meta Quest Store.

Teruyuki Toriyama, Producer at Thirdverse, said: “ALTAIR BREAKER was developed by combining the VR game development know-how gained by the young game creators of “Swords of Gargantua” with more advanced consumer action game techniques. The idea was to create a new VR sword-fighting action game that can be easily enjoyed by users who are new to VR games, rather than the realistic sword-fighting simulators often seen in VR. The setting of this work is a virtual world called “ALTAIR,” an abandoned island in the void ruled by an experimental combat AI. The worldview incorporates elements typical of Japanese fantasy anime, such as mecha and fantasy, as its main theme. Players can easily experience sword-fighting action that transcends reality, just like a hero in such a world in VR. We hope you will enjoy the high-speed VR multiplayer sword-fighting action that is unique to this title. We will also continue to collect everyone’s feedback in order to deliver more and more content that our users can enjoy.”

To commemorate the release of ALTAIR BREAKER, ongoing campaigns will be open for everyone to participate in and have a chance to win a Meta Quest 2 headset and an Amazon Gift Card of the value of $300, as well as livestream on Twitch on selected channels with our partner creators.

Key Features in ALTAIR BREAKER:

  • Transcendent VR Sword-Fighting: Designed with casual players in mind, ALTAIR BREAKER brings a “new generation of VR sword-fighting action” to the VR world featuring high-speed sword-fighting action, blow-ups, aerial combos, and wide-range attacks with special moves.
  • Unique Battle System:Move from map to map while enjoying the feeling of transcendent sword fighting. Take advantage of your surroundings by climbing and gliding to easily take on enemies.
  • Experience a wide range of attacks only possible in the VR world, like Shockwaves and Surge Mode.
  • Expansive World of ALTAIR: The game takes place in an aerial city ALTAIR, where AI was created to develop singularity-like creatures. Once a group of islands in a sea of clouds, most of the islands have collapsed and only floating ruins remain, which are inhabited by LAWS, the experimental battle AIs left behind and free to wander around.
  • Freedom of Movement: Glide through the air using your glider or climb the walls of a fortress as movement is possible in all directions in VR space. The entire map is your battlefield!
  • Cross-Platform Four-Player Co-Op: Multiplayer gameplay between Meta Quest 2 and PCVR, leaving players free to be matched with players from all over the world and communicate via voice chat.
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Introducing CasinoFastPayout.com – your one-stop shop for information and the best casino listings online

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Casinofastpayout.com has officially launched and is already making a big splash in the online casino world. They aim to become the most extensive website about fast payout casinos and are well on the way. The website is packed with information on the latest releases, bonuses, games, and tips and advice from their team of experts.

Players can trust CFP to provide only quality information and the best casino listings online. With payout speed being their number one priority, players can be sure that CFP always has their best interests at heart.

The fastest-paying casinos reviewed

CasinoFastPayout (CFP) is today announcing its official launch as the go-to resource for players looking for speedy payouts from their chosen online casino operator. The site promises comprehensive guides to play at some of the most reputable gaming destinations as well as up-to-date news on what’s hot in the iGaming world right now – all with an emphasis on getting your money into your hands as quickly as possible!

“We are excited to announce the launch of our new website, designed to help casino players find the best fast-paying casinos. Our team of experts have years of experience in the industry, and we have used that knowledge to create a comprehensive resource packed with information on the best casinos online. All of our recommendations have been selected with payout speed in mind, so you can be sure you’re getting the most out of your gaming experience.”

Half a Century’s Worth of Experience

CasinoFastPayout.com has assembled a smashing team of local experts who will keep you fully informed on everything related to getting paid quickly when enjoying online casino entertainment.

With a combined experience of a near half-century, the team at CasinoFastPayout.com will surely know what’s up. Led by Dan James, who is genuinely dedicated to help players navigate the online gambling industry and to find the best of the best when it comes to casinos with fast payouts. On top of that, industry veteran Max Deranker joined the venture as an investor.

That Honest Friend

Casinofastpayout.com is not a website built to recommend casinos; the goal is to recommend the best ones that will live up to the players’ expectations. And to avoid providing carefully masked affiliate links leading players to choose the wrong online casinos and losing their trust in the recommending website.

“We aim to be the honest friend you turn to when you want to know, and we promise to always let you know when you have spinach between your teeth,” says Dan James.

From Malta to all over the world

The team behind the website Casinofastpayout.com is currently operating from Malta. One of the world’s biggest hubs for online gaming. As for now, the website is focused on markets such as Canada, the UK, and New Zealand. With time the aim is to grow and expand the team. And to add more experienced team members to cover more markets and continue helping players all over the world.

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Torque Squad out in force for MotoGP weekend

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The Torque Squad, part of the Motorverse Corporation and subsidiary of Animoca Brands, went to MotoGP for the first time as it revved up for the MotoGP™ Monster Energy British Grand Prix.

Brad Binder, MotoGP rider and Torque Squad Ambassador, took to the stage at Silverstone. A tough Qualifying saw the 26-year-old sitting 0.176 seconds off Q2, but the Torqies cheered Binder from P14 on the grid to a P11 finish.

The South African currently sits seventh in the standings, with one podium under his belt, as the MotoGP riders prepare to take on tracks in Austria and Italy before heading to Spain for the MotoGP™ Gran Premio de Aragón, where Animoca Brands will star as title sponsor.

This marks the latest step for Torque Squad and Animoca Brands as they build on a growing partnership with MotoGP™, with Animoca Brands also serving the role of title sponsor at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in October.

The Torqies at Silverstone secured their VIP experience at the MotoGP™ Monster Energy British Grand Prix via both REVV Motorsport Discord and Torque Squad Discord.

As well as meeting Brad Binder, the lucky winners also came face-to-face with three-time MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo as part of a special experience that featured meet & greets, paddock tours, pit lane walks, bike simulators and more.

The event also followed news that Torque Squad had partnered with Lorenzo as part of the Spaniard’s involvement with X-Fuera.

Matt Solomon, Motorverse Co-Founder and CEO, said: “It was great to see so many Torqies at Silverstone for MotoGP. The event marked our first collaboration with the series and it was a huge success.

“We were delighted that our Torqies got to experience the full VIP package at Silverstone and we look forward to our next event!”

Earlier this year Motorverse Corporation announced the launch of Torque Squad – a collection of 8,888 racing avatars NFTs called “Torqies”. Torqie NFTs are generated with individually styled details and intricate hand-drawn artwork to delight motorsport enthusiasts.

These Torqies will act as the entry point to the Motorverse ecosystem. Partnered with the REVV Motorsport ecosystem, the Motorverse will support various REVV ecosystem NFTs in some of the upcoming Motorverse experiences.

These experiences include both the real and virtual worlds of motorsport, with Torque Squad NFTs offering true utility across multiple areas. Next up for the Torqies will be the Phillip Island Circuit in Australia, where Binder and the rest of the MotoGP grid will battle it out as the season nears its end.

Alongside Binder, Torque Squad project has partnered with numerous other top racers from across the world of motorsport, including Juan Pablo Montoya and his son Sebastian, Joey Logano and Rene Rast.

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