Concept Art House (CAH), a leading content developer and publisher for some of the world’s most recognizable NFTs and video game art, today announced a $25 million Series A raise from leading NFT platforms and digital asset investors.
The capital was raised from existing and new investors and blends venture capital funds, leading NFT platforms, and angel investors including prominent CEOs and tech founders.The investor base highlights the appetite for CAH’s diverse offerings and its push into the NFT realm, under its fast growing Crypto Art House division. One of its more notable NFT drops in partnership with Gala Games was the highly successful NFT drop celebrating the 30th anniversary of Sin City by Frank Miller. This led to record breaking sales.
“We are ecstatic with this raise and to receive such confidence from top-tier and diverse industry leaders and investors,” said CAH CEO James Zhang. “For years, Concept Art House has been known for producing best-in-class art for gaming and the greater entertainment industry. We now find ourselves at the intersection of NFT and gaming, two of the fastest growth areas in the blockchain ecosystem and digital entertainment. With the new funding and tremendous wind in our sails, we are relentlessly focused on being a dominant force in NFT creation and blockchain gaming.”
Dapper Labs’ Co-founder and Chief Business Officer Mik Naayem to Join Board
The firm announced that lead investor, and partner in multiple upcoming projects, Dapper Labs, original builders of Flow blockchain, will be nominating Mik Naayem to the board to join CEO James Zhang, Chairman Matthew Le Merle, and Jenny Chen. CAH will also nominate an additional board member whose skill set marries NFT, blockchain and digital entertainment domain knowledge.
Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou said: “We’re psyched to be extending our relationship with James and the talented team at CAH and excited to be both leading this round and joining the Board, which is a first for us. We believe that CAH will continue to be a creative powerhouse in the digital content and NFT arena, which we know first hand from our working relationship and collaboration on many exciting projects including our upcoming UFC digital collectibles experience launching on Flow.”
“I’m very happy to be joining the Board and look forward to working closely with James and the team to build on CAH’s outstanding success for years to come,” added Naayem.
Zhang added that the new capital will be allocated to the continued build-out of the team, which has grown 30% year-to-date, looking at opportunistic acquisitions, building a vast NFT vault and securing and adding a new dimension to larger licensing deals across top blockchain protocols and marketplaces.
“As blockchain and digital content investors we pay close attention to the valuation creation in this arena and CAH sits in front of some of the fastest growing and most exciting tailwinds that this space has to offer,” said Matthew Le Merle, CAH Chairman and Managing Partner at Blockchain Coinvestors, a leading blockchain venture fund-of-funds and co-investment program.
A sampling of investors and advisors include Dapper Labs, Animoca Brands, Anthos, Appworks, Blockchain Coinvestors, Fabric VC, Hashkey, Liberty City Ventures, One Football, PKO Investments, Polymorphic Capital, Protocol Labs, Redbeard Ventures, Spartan Group, Steve Aoki, Jeff ‘Jiho’ Zirlin (Axie-Infinity), Gabby Dizon (Yield Guild Games), Vinny Lingham (Civic), and Kevin Lin (Twitch).