DEC 26, 2023
Singapore’s Whampoa Digital collaborates on establishment of $100M Web3 fund
Whampoa Digital, the Web3 subsidiary of privately-held Singaporean investment firm Whampoa Group, has entered into a collaboration with an Asian gaming company to establish a $100 million Web3 fund.
Focus on Web3 in the Middle East
The WEMIX Foundation, a subsidiary of South Korean blockchain gaming firm Wemade, announced details of the new fund via a press release published to its website on Friday.
Wemade is renowned for its massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) series Legend of Mir. This strategic collaboration aims to catalyze the expansion of the digital asset industry, with a specific focus on the rapidly growing Web3 sector in the Middle East.
Reciprocal deal and project referrals
The Web3 fund initiated by Wemade is set to play a pivotal role in supporting developers at the Wemix Play Center situated in Dubai. Both Wemade and Whampoa Digital plan to engage in reciprocal deal and project referrals, particularly within the Web3 industry, and explore potential co-investment opportunities in promising projects.
Aureole Foong, senior partner of Whampoa Group, expressed optimism about the partnership’s potential impact. Foong highlighted the significance of this collaboration in expanding the digital asset industry beyond established sectors and fostering innovation in the Middle East, recognized as one of the world’s fastest-growing regions in the Web3 space.
Web3 gaming experience
Wemade has extensive experience in the gaming sector, dating back to its establishment in 2000 and its notable creation of the Legend of Mir series, positioning it as a key player in the gaming industry. The company has diversified its portfolio by venturing into the blockchain space, launching Wemix, a tech ecosystem offering Web3 services.
Wemade’s blockchain gaming platform, Wemix Play, boasts a player base of over 250,000 users. Last week the Wemix Foundation announced the launch of its una Wallet, associated with the company’s omnichain network and interoperable Web3 gaming platform.
In addition to co-investing in gaming studios and blockchain projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Wemade is planning to establish a global Web3 gaming hub at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The company will also set up an office for the newly formed Web3 fund at this location. The DIFC’s Innovation Hub, coupled with Wemade’s hub, will provide essential facilities and mentorship for the fund’s portfolio firms.
Whampoa Digital, the investment arm of Whampoa Group, is well-versed in supporting global tech firms, including notable names like TikTok’s parent company ByteDance and crypto major Binance. In May Whampoa announced that it had plans to establish a crypto-friendly bank in Bahrain.
2023 has presented challenges for Web3 investors seeking new funds. According to a report by the research arm of crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital, the average new Web3 fund size for the first nine months was $238.4 million, with a median of $50 million — both figures significantly lower than the same period last year.