Animoca Brands, a blockchain company, has raised $358 in order to upgrade Web3 and the Metaverse.

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Animoca Brands has announced the blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused firm has raised $358.8 million to bolster the non-fungible token (NFT) industry and “build the open metaverse.” The capital raise follows the firm’s previous $65 million and $138.88 million raises last year and today, Animoca Brands has an overall valuation of $5 billion. 

The firm Animoca Brands is a global developer utilizing popular brands, gamification, A.I., blockchain, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and mobile technology. On Tuesday, the company announced that the firm has secured $358.8 million in a financing round led by Liberty City Ventures.

In a statement sent to Bitcoin.com News, Animoca Brands further detailed that other investors included Smile Group, Stable Asset Management, Soros Fund Management, Wildcat Capital Management, Winklevoss Capital, 10T Holdings, C Ventures, Delta Fund, Gemini Frontier Fund, Gobi Partners Greater Bay Area, Kingsway, L2 Capital, Mirae Asset, Pacific Century Group, and Parafi Capital.

In addition to using the financing to increase NFT and metaverse adoption, Animoca Brands said that the “new capital will be used to continue funding strategic acquisitions and investments, product development, and licenses for popular intellectual properties.” Animoca Brands has a strong focus on building the metaverse by leveraging blockchain solutions and NFT technology. The company’s $358.8 million financing announcement adds:

Animoca Brands is working to build the open metaverse by bringing digital property rights to online users through the use of blockchain and NFTs; these technologies enable the true digital ownership of users’ virtual assets and data, and make possible various [decentralized finance] and gamefi opportunities (including play-to-earn), asset interoperability, and an open framework that can lead to greater equitability for all participants.