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Bunch Raises $3.85 Million Fund From Mobile Giants

Supercell, Tencent, and Riot Games are just three of the biggest names in the gaming market right now. Gameroom, Inc. must be doing something right for their mobile app Bunch to get the attention of these three giants. Described as “Discord for mobile games,” Bunch aims to bring together friends when playing their favorite multiplayer mobile games. This idea, along with the fact that its mobile app was built great and works like a charm, was enough to convince the three giants to pour in money to the startup.

Bunch app

Raising a Bunch of Investment

Investment venture firms such as London Venture Partners, Founders Fund, and Betaworks were just among the several bodies who saw potential in Bunch. Using its initial funding, its developers built first-party games on its platform.

Its first-party titles are simple party games, which include Draw Party (think Drawful from Jackbox Party Pack), Trivia Superhighway, and Flappylives (obviously inspired by Flappy Bird). Meanwhile, the app is fully-integrated with third-party games such as Call of Duty: Mobile, Minecraft, and Brawl Stars.

Bunch first-party titles

Although it currently has a healthy library of games, Gameroom, Inc. still looks to expand its selection. That’s where the $3.85 million fund comes in, which is reportedly invested by game publishers Supercell, Tencent, Riot Games, Miniclip, and Colopl Next.

The funding will help develop both the apps’ functionalities as well as the company’s relationship with third-party game publishers. Adding more games with a “deep-link” system on the platform will surely boost its current numbers. Currently, Bunch stands at only about 10,000 downloads in the Google Play Store.

Bunch third-party titles

‘Discord for Mobile’

Discord is also on mobile devices, but its features are veered towards PC gaming. Bunch tries to create its own niche by focusing on mobile games. It also differs a bit in philosophy with Discord. While Discord leans towards community building and seamless communication between players in team-based games, Bunch leans more towards socialization.

Unlike other platforms that focus on providing low-latency voice communications, Bunch adds video calling to the party. Video calling may not be a necessary feature for team coordination. Bunch’s inspiration behind this feature harkens to the 90’s and early 2000’s: LAN parties. Bunch aims to replicate the fun of seeing your friends’ faces as you play your favorite games together.

However, Bunch still has a lot of convincing to do. Although Bunch is building popularity with iOS users, most Android users are yet to adopt it. If you want to try out the game, it’s on both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store. Try the app with your friends to see if Bunch’s vision works.