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The tabletop role-playing platform is gearing up to invest in top talent and industry partnerships.

- StartPlaying, the largest online platform to find tabletop role-playing games and professional Game Masters, announced a $6.5M seed round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz general partners Jonathan Lai and Andrew Chen . The funds will go towards scaling marketing to reach new players, broadening StartPlaying's network of industry partnerships, and hiring top talent. The company aims to double their teams' size by the end of the year.

"We're investing in putting together a world-class team," explained CEO and co-founder Nate Tucker . "We believe this will be the key to maintaining StartPlaying's momentum."

With over 40 million people playing tabletop role-playing games today, TTRPG has outgrown its niche beginnings. a16z's investment in the platform forecasts the consolidation of TTRPG into the mainstream and the rise of a professional avenue for skilled players.

"Beyond growing a user base, this is about community," stated Devon Chulick . "Whether it's helping Game Masters and players find each other or collaborating with industry partners, we're proud to have the opportunity to bring people together through the power of games."

Since it was founded in September 2020 , StartPlaying has seen over 100,000 games hosted by more than 1,000 professional Game Masters on the platform to earn $2.5M and counting. StartPlaying's continued growth points to a demand for professional Game Masters and evergreen interest in TTRPG games. Of all new users that join StartPlaying, almost half have never played the game.

"The tabletop role-playing community is at its best when it's inclusive," added Chulick. "We want StartPlaying to continue breaking down barriers for new players."

Players can join StartPlaying at any skill level with or without a group. They can choose games based on their genre preferences, play style, whether they're seeking a one-and-done session or a long-term campaign, and filter based on what best fits their schedule. The experience is highly customizable– at its core, StartPlaying works towards holding space for all players.

About StartPlaying
StartPlaying is the largest online platform for players to find tabletop role-playing games and professional Game Masters for any game system. Players can find games that suit their schedule, fit their preferences, and inspire their play style, and Game Masters can monetize their craft by selling seats to sessions of their own ideation. Over 20,000 players have found their online D&D group with us! Find us at StartPlaying.games .

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb_pOEuc3oL9KG3-UpPhbIg/featured
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