The new blockchain gaming startup Block Tackle has raised $5 million for its Solana-based skateboarding game – SkateX. Investors included some of the major names in the blockchain gaming world, including Animoca Brands, Coinbase Ventures, Solana Ventures, and was led by Play Ventures and Cadenza Ventures.
SkateX offers players the chance to own any number of unique Skateboards, along with putting them to use in a range of missions, challenges, or just for tricks. Built on top of the Solana blockchain, the decision to use it was based around Solana’s process transactions to scale, with reliable speed, while remaining carbon neutral. Watch the launch trailer here:
Drawing inspiration from PS2/Xbox-era skateboarding titles like Tony Hawk: Pro-Skater, the team aims to let players play together in a new generation of blockchain-based skateboarding.
Co-founded by Ben Topkins and Rob Oshima, the 14-man strong team is a relatively new company and comprises veterans from AAA studios like Electronic Arts, Supercell, Apple, Lucasfilm and Roblox.
While the game undergoes development, Block Tackle will be using the funding to double its staff, while releasing the first 1,080 skateboard NFTs in April. Concept Art House, which has extensive experience working with both mainstream and blockchain developers, will be designing the boards.