Founded in 2018, Starform is led by former leaders of Z2, which was acquired for $45 million by King, including CEO Lou Fasulo and co-founders Josh Rosen, Taylor Daynes, and Jason English. Starform was founded to create experiences that bring players together with shared goals and a common purpose: to explore, to create, to compete, and to achieve together. The team has a product in closed beta, which will open to the public later this year.
Starform, a Seattle-based game studio founded by former King and Z2 mobile game veterans, announced today it raised a $5M seed round, led by BITKRAFT Ventures with participation from Global Founders Capital, VGames, and Dune Ventures. The investment will be used to build and market its upcoming game and begin additional projects in addition to scaling the team.
Founded in 2018, Starform is led by former members of the Z2 leadership team including CEO Lou Fasulo and co-founders Josh Rosen, Taylor Daynes and Jason English. Alongside the co-founders, Starform has assembled an experienced team with most recent hires including former ArenaNet UX Director, Sam Kirk as UX Lead; former ArenaNet Lead Combat Designer, Carter McBee as Lead Designer, former Amazon Software Engineer Tom Conti as Software Engineer; and Eric Alayoubi, who recently held Marketing leadership positions at both Big Fish Games and Scopely, as Head of Player Marketing.
The studio is focused on assembling a team of talented game developers who take ownership in building and refining vision and gameplay working closely with players.
“At Starform we are committed to creating an environment that we believe is the best place to build games. We want to work with people who are excited to write their own story: to use their skills, experience, and passion to shape the entire player experience,” commented Lou Fasulo, CEO of Starform.
Starform was founded to create experiences that bring players together with shared goals and a common purpose: to explore, to create, to compete, and to achieve together. Since Starform’s previous funding round, which included 1Up Ventures and PlayVentures, the team has a product in closed beta, which will open to the public later this year.
“We are excited to partner with a skilled second-time founder team, with their former studio being acquired for $45 million by King. Starform has a very unique and strong culture that centers around building games that deeply resonate with the community,” commented BITKRAFT Founding General Partner, Malte Barth.