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Knock Knock raises $2 million in seed funding

Startup aims to develop games playable through messaging apps

Mobile chat gaming startup Knock Knock has raised $2 million in a seed funding round to develop games playable through messaging apps.

TechCrunch reports that rather than a "chat fiction" style game that tells a story through a chat experience, Knock Knock aims to create full mobile games that are accessed via chat apps like Facebook Messenger and that incorporate features of those apps, such as messaging or chatbots.

As for what kinds of games that might entail, CEO Andrew Friday suggested many different types of games could work if they were re-tooled a bit.

"Most great mobile game genres, and game genres in general, are good for the platform," Friday said. "It's just that if you try to just port those designs to the platform, it's not going to work. If you rethink or reimagine these mechanics, how they would work best, how they would be most fun on the platform, there are so many genres that can work on chat."

The funding round was led by Raine Ventures, and also included London Venture Partners, Ludlow Ventures, and Gregory Milken.

Knock Knock itself was founded by alumni from Zynga, TinyCo, and EA. The company intends to release its first game for Facebook Messenger later this year, and a WeChat game in early 2019.

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