Dark Slope Studios, a Toronto-based virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) developer, has raised more than $1.5 million in a seed-stage financing.
Steven DeNure, formerly president and COO of Canadian kids’ content company DHX Media, was the only disclosed investor. He will join the board.
Founded last year by President CJ Hervey, COO Dan Fill, Technical Director Ben Unsworth and Executive Chair Raja Khanna, Dark Slope creates free-roam multiplayer content for the location-based entertainment market and enterprise customers.
The seed round’s proceeds will be used to launch Dark Slope’s first VR offering, Scarygirl Mission Maybee, hire staff and advance its technology and product line.
Dark Slope Secures Seed Funding, Opens New Free-Roam Multiplayer VR Adventure Scarygirl Mission Maybee to the Public
The Toronto-based developer is creating some of the most engaging and advanced multiplayer free-roam VR and AR experiences around the world.
TORONTO – Feb. 12, 2019 – Dark Slope, a Toronto-based virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) developer, is creating free-roam multi-user experiences for the rapidly expanding location-based entertainment (LBE) market and for enterprise customers. The one-year old company is announcing it has closed a seed funding round raising more than $1.5 million, and the launch of its first product, the LBE title Scarygirl Mission Maybee. Funds will be used to add new staff, develop the company’s free roam technology and its enterprise product line, and to support the release of future VR and AR experiences. As part of the seed round the company is pleased to announce the appointment of new investor Steven DeNure, co-founder and former President/COO of DHX Media, to the board of Dark Slope.
“Technological advancements have put location-based VR and AR applications, tools and experiences at the cusp of widespread adoption by consumers and corporations,” said Raja Khanna, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Dark Slope. “The timing is right, and the team at Dark Slope are the best of the best. I am proud to work alongside this group and equally proud to welcome our new investors, and Steven in particular, into the fold.”
Developed from the ground up for large-scale multiplayer free-roam VR environments, Scarygirl Mission Maybee embodies Dark Slope’s goal to design content that brings people of all ages together. Scarygirl Mission Maybee, based on the cult hit graphic novel and designer toy brand Scarygirl from acclaimed artist Nathan Jurevicius, is a first-person action game that brings up to eight players together to save the world from Dr. Maybee and his diabolical experiments. Players must work closely together to suck up infectious hazardous goo, purify it and blast it back at the hordes of creatures infesting the world.
“Scarygirl Mission Maybee showcases our hyper-focus on developing multiplayer free-roam VR and AR experiences that bring people together in immersive worlds,” said CJ Hervey, President and co-founder at Dark Slope. “We’re excited for audiences to come and be the among the first to experience Scarygirl Mission Maybee and to witness how incredible free-roam multiplayer VR can be.”
To celebrate the launch of Scarygirl Mission Maybee, Dark Slope is inviting guests to come to its Toronto studio and experience the game’s raucous multiplayer action starting Feb. 28 – visit www.scarygirlvr.com for more information and to book tickets. Scarygirl Mission Maybee will rollout worldwide throughout 2019.
Dark Slope was founded in January 2018 by four entrepreneurs with extensive knowledge of building international companies based on emerging digital platforms. The company’s President, CJ Hervey is a former Executive Producer at Toronto and LA-based digital content studio, Secret Location; COO Dan Fill formerly served as President and Partner at Australia-based boutique entertainment company Chocolate Liberation Front; Technical Director Ben Unsworth was President and co-founder of Toronto-based creative technology company Globacore Interactive Technologies and currently serves as co-chair of the VRAR Association’s LBE Committee, and Executive Chair Raja Khanna, was previously the CEO Television & Digital at global media company Blue Ant Media and co-founder of QuickPlay Media.
In addition, Dark Slope welcomes Nathan Jurevicius, creator of Scarygirl, as the company’s Creative Director. Jurevicius’ diverse range of work has appeared on television, in numerous publications, advertising campaigns, and art galleries around the world.
About Dark Slope
Dark Slope is a Toronto-based virtual and augmented reality developer specializing in creating free-roam multiplayer content for the rapidly expanding location-based entertainment (LBE) market and for enterprise customers. Dark Slope is setting the benchmark for free-roam VR and AR by creating some of the most visually and technically advanced multiplayer experiences on the market that envelop players in total immersion via world-class art design with tactile physical feedback. More on the company can be found at its official website.
The Scarygirl Mission Maybee project was made possible with the support of Ontario Creates and the Canada Media Fund.
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