Discord, the gaming chat app, has acquired AR startup Ubiquity6.
Ubiquity6 had raised around $37 million in funding from a group of top investors, including First Round, Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark, and Gradient Ventures, who were backing on its vision of developing a consumer-facing platform for hosting AR content. Ubiquity6’s recently disclosed financing was $27 million Series B towards the end of 2018.
Ubiquity6 was founded in 2017. The company focused on developing an application that would be the primary way for mobile phone users to browse AR content. In 2019, Ubiquity6 launched Displayland, which intended to gamify the method of 3D scanning physical environments with the phone’s camera.
Ubiquity6’s attempts to find mass adoption were hindered by a mobile augmented reality market, which has mostly failed to gain momentum in recent times irrespective of heavy investment from top tech companies.
Recently, Ubiquity6 had a strategic shift in focus, leaving AR behind in favor of developing a desktop platform that enabled users to play online party games together virtually. The platform, called Backyard, was built for pandemic era practices that appear to be declining as the US springs back into action.
“Our mission at Ubiquity6 has always been to unlock new ways for people to connect through shared experiences. Joining Discord today allows us to accelerate that mission Ubiquity6’s team, Backyard product, and multiplayer technology will be integrated into Discord.” – Anjney Midha, CEO, Ubiquity6.
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