Dapper Labs raises $ 18 million for Flow, its blockchain focused on NFTs

Startup behind CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot, Dapper Labs has just raised $ 18 million for the development of Flow, its blockchain focused on non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Dapper Labs , creator of CryptoKitties and a startup known for creating blockchain- based entertainment experiences , has just completed its public fundraiser

In order to support the development of its own blockchain, Flow , Dapper Labs just collected $ 18 million from 13,200 participants . This fundraising took place on CoinList , a platform for investing in blockchain projects.

This sale gave investors the opportunity to purchase FLOW tokens, the native blockchain asset that is used by validators, developers and network users.

The sale took place in two phases: a community sale and an auction. The community sale ran from September 21 to October 2, and each investment was capped at $ 1,000 , or 10,000 FLOW .

The tokens obtained through this sale are subject to a blocking period of 2 years, during which half will be released at the end of the 1st year and the rest during the 2nd year in a linear fashion.

In the second sale, investors submitted bids over a 12-day period to share 2% of the Genesis block, or 25 million FLOW . During this uncapped sale, the price of the FLOW token closed at $ 0.38 .

An already resounding success

Dapper Labs‘ new flagship game, NBA Top Shot , is already enjoying great success. During its private beta, the blockchain game notably generated more than $ 2 million in revenue for Dapper Labs.

Open to the public since October 1, NBA Top Shot already attracts a large number of basketball fans and offers significant visibility to the world of NFTs .

After the explosion of decentralized finance (DeFi), the crypto-sphere seems to be turning to the world of NFTs, true digital collectibles in blockchain sauce.

At the heart of NFTs since the creation of CryptoKitties in 2017, Dapper Labs is one of the players most inclined to benefit from a potential increase in visibility in this sector.

This significant fundraising for its Flow blockchain is therefore not so surprising, as it focuses on the creation of solutions adapted to NFTs.

Last August, Dapper Labs had already raised $ 12 million for NBA Top Shot from the investment arm of Coinbase , Andreessen Horowitz , and several NBA stars.

Dapper Labs is now a long way from its flagship creation, CryptoKitties. The startup is now tackling a whole section of the blockchain, namely NFTs. With Flow, creating and implementing NFTs in applications is made much easier, which encourages developers to implement them in their games .

Mostly created on Ethereum , NFTs are enjoying a breath of fresh air with the deployment of Flow, this blockchain providing a cheaper and more scalable alternative for these digital objects.