British technology company, Improbable that focuses on large-scale simulations in the cloud, enabling virtual worlds of unprecedented scale and complexity has secured funds from Softbank in their series B funding round.
As the part of the investment, Deep Nishar, MD at Softbank has joined the board of Improbable.
Commenting on the company, Deep Said:
Improbable is building breakthrough technologies that are becoming vital and valuable platforms for the global gaming industry. Beyond gaming, this new form of simulation on a massive scale has the potential to help us make better decisions about the world we live in.
Further adding to that, he said:
Improbable’s technology will help us explore disease, improve cities, understand economies and solve complex problems on a previously unimaginable scale. Along with Machine Learning and IoT, Improbable’s distributed computation technology represents a critical next frontier in computing.
Existing Series A investors Andreessen Horowitz and Horizons Ventures also have praticipated in this round of investment. They will continue to offer advice and guidance to Improbable. The round also saw participation of Temasek, the Singapore investment company which participated in Series A round of funding.
On the investment, Solina Chau, Founder of Horizons Ventures, said:
Having backed Improbable from the start, we continue to see huge potential in the application of its technology, both for solving real-world problems and in changing the future of the games industry. Improbable is an exciting, ambitious company that we’re honoured to be a part of
Founded in 2012, Improbable is a UK-based technology company which currently employs almost 200 staff at its offices in Farringdon, London. Moreover, they have recently-opened office in San Francisco. The company’s compute platform SpatialOS allows developers to create and run virtual worlds of unprecedented scale and complexity.
On the investment, Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable.
We believe that the next major phase in computing will be the emergence of large-scale virtual worlds which enrich human experience and change how we understand the real world. At Improbable we have spent the last few years building the foundational infrastructure for this vision
Alongside the investment, the company will explore and identify opportunities for mutually beneficial relationships with SoftBank, its partners and portfolio companies.
The company’s technology enables the creation of massive simulations, or “virtual worlds”, at a far greater level of scale and computational complexity than previously possible, and while able to support more simultaneous connected users.
The company’s first product, SpatialOS is a distributed operating system for massive-scale simulations created using advanced technology, integrates with major game engines and has been in live beta since March. Developers are already using SpatialOS to build a range of different types of games which take advantage of its ability to manage larger scale, higher player numbers and easy scaling in a seamless virtual world.
As the work of maintaining game worlds and tracking activities within them is managed and distributed across the cloud using SpatialOS, multiplayer and massively multiplayer games can be created and scaled by teams of any size, without dedicated network engineering and without initial infrastructure costs.
All the funds from the investment are expected to be invested in developing company’s technology, including its SpatialOS distributed operating system. The company plans include accelerated recruitment in its London and San Francisco offices, and investments to develop a vibrant ecosystem of developers and customers.