Copenhagen-based startup Multiscription has collected €1.5 million in a round led by Sisu Game Ventures with additional funding from Swedish Tigrim and the state-backed, independent fund Vækstfonden. Multiscription is a mobile games-focused startup founded by games industry veterans Teis Mikkelsen and Martin Walfisz that aims to reshape the mobile games landscape by bridging the gap between paid and free-to-play mobile games. The company’s first offering, Unleashd, is a mobile games subscription service designed to combine the convenience and value of a premium subscription service with the in-game benefits of free-to-play titles. This recent investment will feed the startup’s growth plans and help expand its team.
Subscription-based gaming is expected to be worth $24.1 billion per year by 2030, according to a new report from Grand View Research, with mobile gaming projected to see the highest growth of any platform at 16.8 percent per year. This is due both to the ubiquity of mobile phones and the fact that mobile is the primary gaming platform of consumers in markets such as India, Brazil and much of Asia.
Unleashd is a unique mobile games subscription service that gives publishers an alternative to existing free-to-play (F2P) monetization that works alongside their existing revenue streams. Mobile publishers can easily add their games to the Unleashd subscription app, with gamers able to play games without disruptive ads, accessing exclusive benefits such as score multipliers, character upgrades and unique in-game items. Gamers can test out Unleashd for free for seven days, after which the service costs from 4.99 Euros per month.
Right now, there are 22 games included in the monthly subscription, including Conduct This!, Bonfire 2 and the newly-integrated Tiny Rails from Trophy Games; new games are being integrated all the time.
The investment is crucial to Multiscription’s growth plans as it allows the company to expand the development team behind the Unleashd platform and further enhance the technology used to onboard new developers and their games.
“This new funding is a great vote of confidence in our work to show mobile game publishers that there is an alternative to existing monetization models. It will help us scale up our team and technology and enhance our in-game monetisation design capabilities, a service we provide to our publisher partners to create the best subscription offers. On top of this, we are working towards the iOS launch in early 2023,” said Teis Mikkelsen, Co-Founder and CEO of Multiscription.
“Mobile gaming accounts for more than half of all game revenues globally, yet very little has changed regarding how publishers monetize their games. Unleashd offers a fresh approach to discovery and monetization, taking a subscription model we know consumers like and giving it a mobile-first twist. We are excited by what Teis and the team are building, and its potential to disrupt the F2P status quo,” said Samuli Syvähuoko, Founding Partner at Sisu Game Ventures. “Publishers joining the service are still able to offer rewarded ads and in-app purchases, but Unleashd provides an opportunity to create extra exclusive offers that are only available to subscribers.”