Editors note: The following is a guest post, contributed by Jason Dainter. Jason moved from London to Uppsala several years back and is running the startup Eco Market as well as Uppstart – a tech meetup in Uppsala.
The last few weeks have certainly been exciting when it comes to tech start-up funding news. Deals have been closed by Truecaller, Tictail, Campanja, Nuday Games, Safello and Sparta (and in the words of Tyler Crowley, Berlin, Seriously?).
I’m pleased say that the funding bug seems to be contagious, since Uppsala-based gaming start-up Night Node just announced a 300,000 SEK seed investment from an undisclosed private backer.
Uppsala-based gaming start-up Night Node just announced a 300,000 SEK seed investment from an undisclosed private backer.
The independent gaming start-up, a team of 6, is currently in the process of launching their first game called Orbital Gear. It’s an addictive multiplayer game (online also) allowing up to 16 players to simultaneously battle against each other in deathmatch style hopping from planet to planet with their weapon of choice!
Think quake meets flappy birds in 3D held in outer space! If your mind just got blown, then to avoid total neural meltdown definitely don’t click play on the video preview below!…
The game is currently in private beta and aims to launch by Spring 2014. For those of you who can’t wait that long a beta will be available very soon which you can sign up for here.
Signs partnership with Google
The news doesn’t stop there either since the start-ups rapid growth has attracted the attention of tech kingpins Google, who has signed an agreement to become a strategic partner to the current game and future launches. The Uppsala Innovation Centre (UIC) has played a key part in the start-ups early growth also, one of the countries leading business incubators.
Google has signed an agreement to become a strategic partner to the current game and future launches.
It’s fantastic to see tech start-ups in Uppsala joining in the party with regards to the boom happening right now in Sweden. Initiatives such as Uppstart and Guerilla Office to name a few are finally helping to bring Uppsala some of that community ‘buzz’ that is already well known in Stockholm just 38 minutes away on the train!