Hiro Capital Dark Star @ GDC

Hiro Capital Dark Star @ GDC

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W San Francisco

181 3rd Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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Calling All Growing Game Studios

About this event

Hiro Capital is pleased to announce our fourth event ‘The Dark Star IV @ GDC’, which will take place on March 23rd at 6:30pm PT. The event will take place live and in person at the W Hotel Social Terrace. Food and drink will be provided.

The Dark Star: Episode IV

Join specialist Games investor Hiro Capital, independent Games experts and leading Games studio entrepreneurs to learn more about raising money from VC and Games Publishers:

Hear from industry leaders on how to position your game studio for funding and what investors are looking for from your studio;

Hear from three successful West Coast games studio founders - Forest Swartout Large, Emily Greer, and Tam Armstrong - on their entrepreneurial journeys and on the do’s and don'ts of raising funding for growth;

Hear from Firestoke Games founder Paul Farley on his journey raising money to build TAG Games, Chilli Connect and his new venture: Firestoke Games, an indie games publisher

Speakers will include:

Invited Guests

  • Paul Farley - Founder Firestoke Games, Chilli Connect and TAG Games
  • Forest Swartout Large - Co-Founder of Twin Suns Corp
  • Emily Greer - Founder of Kongregate and Double Loop Games
  • Tam Armstrong - Founder of Polyarc Studios

Hiro Capital

  • Luke Alvarez, Founding General Partner of Hiro Capital and Founder of Inspired Games and The Cloud Networks;
  • Cherry Freeman, General and Founding Partner of Hiro Capital and Founder of Lovecrafts;

Hiro Capital is a specialist VC firm solely focused on Games Studios and Games technologies, with c.$650m assets under management across Hiro Capital 1, Hiro Capital II and Hiro Metaverse Acquisitions 1. Hiro invests in entrepreneurial teams at Seed, A and B building innovative leaders in Games and Metaverse technologies.

Founded in 2018, Hiro’s name was inspired by Hiro Protagonist, the sword-wielding, Metaverse-hacking samurai hero of Neil Stephenson’s seminal Snow Crash. Since launch, Hiro has been investing in sci-fi, story-telling IPs and the deep future of games and metaverse technology. Hiro believes strongly in Games as a force for good.

Alongside Luke and Cherry, Hiro General Partner Sir Ian Livingstone is the co-founder and former chairman of Eidos plc (Lara Croft:Tomb Raider), co-founder of Games Workshop (Warhammer) and co-author of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series. Sir Ian was also an early investor and chairman of Playdemic (sold to EA for $1.4bn in 2021), Tonic Games (sold to Epic in 2021) and Sumo plc (sold to Tencent for $1.3bn in 2022).

Food and drink will be provided.

The Dark Star - Inspired by The Black Sun in Neal Stephenson’s Snowcrash, by Ian Livingstone & Steve Jackson’s legendary White Dwarf magazine and by John Carpenter’s eponymous 1974 cult sci fi movie Dark Star.

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