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Manticore Games closes $15 million series A round

A Bit Lucky founders are creating "a new form of hardcore multiplayer gameplay"

Manticore games has raised $15 million in a series A round led by Benchmark Capital.

Other contributors to the round included Bitkraft Esports Ventures, Correlation Ventures, CrunchFund, Macro Ventures and SV Angel. Mitch Lasky, a seasoned investor and general partner at Benchmark, will join the board at Manticore Games.

Manticore was founded in 2016 by Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard, who came together at Trion Worlds and went on to start the Zynga acquisition target A Bit Lucky.

While at Zynga, Descamps was VP of corporate development and Maynard was creative director. Both left the company in the summer of last year.

"The Manticore team is working in stealth mode on a new form of hardcore multiplayer gameplay, leveraging user generated content," said Descamps, who is CEO of the company, in a statement.

"One of our core mottos is to create gameplay worth sharing," added Maynard, Manticore's CCO. "We want to make something truly original for gamers and creators alike."

Little is known about what Manticore is working on, but it has assembled an strong leadership team. Steve Timson, the CTO, was lead engineer on the Dead Space series, and its chief visual officer, Dan Fessler, moved from A Bit Lucky to become art director at Zynga.

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