Ready Player Me, a startup letting users create a single avatar for use across virtual platforms, announced Monday that it raised $13 million in Series A funding.
Wise and Teleport co-founders Taavet+Sten led this round. Additional support came from GitHub co-founder Tom Preston-Werner, Samsung Next, NordicNinja, Konvoy Ventures, the NFT influencer Gmoney — who had collaborated with Adidas Originals for its first NFT drop — and others.
To create their avatar, a user can either upload a selfie of themself or select from a list of premade avatars to customize. This single avatar can then be used across numerous apps, games and other platforms.
“Avatars created using Ready Player Me are not NFTs, but it’s possible to use assets from selected NFT collections as customization options for the avatars,” Ready Player Me CEO Timmu Tõke told The Block in an email.
With this injection of new funding, the firm intends to build out tools for game developers to sell NFTs and in-game avatar customization assets as part of its broader goal of becoming the default metaverse avatar creation service.
“Currently, we are working on a tool that will let developers using our platform sell customization assets directly in their apps and games through their existing in-app purchases solutions,” Tõke adds.
Ready Player Me’s past partnerships include Head5, a collaborative NFT drop from music industry figures deadmau5, Smearball and Pixelynx.