Manticore Games, a startup based in San Mateo, announced today that it has secured a USD 15 million Series A round led by Benchmark. Mitch Lasky, General Partner at Benchmark, will join Manticore’s board. Several high-profile gaming and tech entrepreneurs also join the round of funding. Manticore Games is now working on a hardcore multiplayer game, with its founders noting that many big titles, like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, started as “mods,” or user-generated modifications of existing games. No specific game details were revealed.
Manticore Games was founded by former Zynga and Electronic Arts executives,Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard, in November 2016. Together, they previously built A Bit Lucky, a studio for trans-platform multiplayer games that was acquired by Zynga in 2012. At Zynga, Descamps served as Studio General Manager and Vice President of Corporate Development while Maynard worked as Creative Director. Maynard previously worked as Software Engineer at Electronic Arts and Senior Technical Design Director at Trion Worlds.