In contrast to most metaverse games, Worldwide Webb opts for a retro, Super Nintendo-esque style, while supporting millions of Ethereum NFT avatars.
A new funding round has helped it expand.
In its first external funding round since its debut in 2020, Worldwide Webb, founded by artist and game designer Thomas Webb, announced a $10 million Series A round.
Despite looking like an early 1990s throwback, Worldwide Webb is a fully online, browser-based experience that lets players plug in an Ethereum wallet and use their NFT avatars from hundreds of popular collections, such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, CryptoPunks, Doodles, Cool Cats, Deadfellaz, and more.
Avatars are converted into 2D pixel characters that players can guide through the world, interacting with other players, exploring environments, and even absorbing the stories.
In addition to its own NFT land plots, Worldwide Webb offers digital apartments that users can customize, and those NFTs have generated more than $80 million in trading volume to date.
Decrypt spoke with Webb, the founder and CEO, who said that the funding will help expand his development team, which currently numbers 30.
“We have been moving fast and shipping product,” Webb said. “But we want to move faster. We want to build faster, and we want to innovate faster.”