Santa Monica mobile developer Gamelynx announced today it has raised $1.2 million in a venture funding round to create more mobile esports titles directed at "hardcore gamers." Notable backers include Y Combinator, Skycatcher Fund, M Ventures, and League of Legends developer Riot Games.
In a mobile esports playing field largely dominated by smaller-scale MOBAs similar to what exist already on PC (such as Vainglory or Arena of Valor), Gamelynx wants to use the accessibility of mobile to its advantage in diversifying the offerings for competitive players.
"As the line between mobile and PC/console continues to blur, the portability and accessibility of mobile creates an even brighter future for competitive gaming and esports," said Alexander Mistakidis, CEO of Gamelynx, to Gamesbeat. "At the same time, it creates a desire for less of the same. Many have tried to build a mobile competitive multiplayer game, but very few have made a game that was differentiated from what was already available to watch or play on PC/console."
In addition to creating new styles of mobile esports games, Gamelynx is also focusing on keeping its games fast-paced and data-light to widen their appeal. It plans to announce its first title later this year.