Candivore raises $10M for casual multiplayer games

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Candivore, the maker of the popular mobile game Match Masters, has raised a $10 million funding round to make casual multiplayer games.

The funding comes from Vgames, an Israeli venture capital firm specializing in video games, and investment fund Tiger Global Management. This fresh capital injection brings Candivore’s total fundraising to date to $22 million, $12 million of which was raised in 2021.

Match Masters has had more than 30 million downloads across the mobile app stores while counting more than 5 million monthly active users playing more than 10 million matches daily.

This latest funding coincides with Candivore’s upcoming ad campaign slated for the United Kingdom. Designed to promote and attract more players to its Match Masters mobile game, the U.K. ad campaign, featuring both TV ads and online experiences, is set to launch on May 27 and will feature singer Robbie Williams and actor and football star Vinnie Jones.

The upcoming campaign represents the largest ad campaign undertaken by Candivore thus far, with ads aimed at TV and digital platforms alongside multiple offline activities. Candivore launched similar campaigns in Germany with tennis legend Boris Becker and in Poland with comedy star Cezary Pazura.

Match Masters transforms the popular match-3 genre into a player-versus-player (PvP) competition. In Match Masters, gamers play live against opponents in a fast-paced turn-based environment, featuring different gameplay modes every day, tournaments and events, which enable players to earn rewards.

“The mobile gaming space has been booming for years and our journey has been wilder than anything we could have imagined,” said Gal Goldstein, CEO of Candivore, in a statement. “As we continue to work passionately to add more features for our players, our continued partnership with Vgames will help our efforts to make Match Masters even more rewarding for our global community of users.”

Match Masters generates sizable revenue that compares with games commanding much larger audiences. Per data collected by application intelligence provider Sensor Tower, Match Masters generated $7 million in March 2022.

“We are very excited about Candivore’s prospects,” said Eitan Reisel, founder of Vgames, in a statement. “The mobile gaming market is witnessing tantalizing growth, and Candivore’s Match Masters has already positioned itself as one of the leading mobile games. With the long standing support of Vgames, I am confident that this mobile gaming experience will gain more momentum, creating ample opportunities for stakeholders and gamers alike.”

In addition to the TV and online campaigns, the Candivore team will host a real-life free-to-enter festival in Potters Field Park near the London Bridge on June 11 and 12, 2022, featuring live DJs, interactive games, competitions, influencer and celebrity meets, and more.

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