Playnext Global, a Silicon Valley based holding company, builds and incubates new businesses in the IT sector. Backed by major shareholders such as Sony, NHN Entertainment, Aeria and GoAhead Ventures, PlayNext has successfully exited numerous companies in the last 10 years.
Started in 2016, we successfully built and operated Aeria Games, one of the largest free-to-play game publishers in the Western market, with revenue of $120M+ per year and 600+ employees in 5 global offices: Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Berlin, Seoul and Sao Paulo. The business was sold to Prosieben in Germany at a transaction value of $100M.
In Japan, PlayNext sold Gamepot, one of the first free-to-play game publishers in Japan to GMO. We also sold the mobile gaming business currently known as Tanoshimi to WanderPlanet in Japan.
PlayNext successfully incubated Gameflip, a global digital marketplace, which raised over $10M in venture capital funding from Bullpen, Lightbank, GoAhead Ventures, etc. Gameflip recently completed an ICO raising $17M+ to add blockchain technology to its digital marketplace.
Current portfolio companies include (i) TalentHub, an HR tech company in partnership with TechnoPro Holdings, the largest IT HR company as a strategic shareholder, (ii) Hash Quant, a company building a cryto-currency trading system in partnership with a major listed company in Asia, (iii) Samurailand, a real estate marketplace in partnership with a major listed Japanese real estate company, and (iv) Game Changer, an influencer marketing platform for the gaming industry.