Whispering Gibbon. It’s a name you just want to say out loud–and as they continue racing up the rungs to success in their niche–many more will do just that as well. This UK company holds their main studio in Newcastle, and was founded in 2011 by a group of experienced and dynamic game developers, led by founder Joe Stevens. On a mission now to become one of the leading players in 3D content, the closing of another investment round will surely further their cause expediently.
This six-figure investment round was led by regional investment firm Northstar Ventures, whose team obviously sees great potential for Whispering Gibbon in present endeavors and growth with new launches happening in the near future–as they work to maximize new ways to deliver 3D printed content,
The development company offers patent-pending technology allowing users to bring virtual experience to life via 3D printing, and they encourage user-generated merchandising in the form of customized characters, user-generated content, as well as live in-game captures–and if you know any gamers up close and personal, that’s sure to be extremely popular.
“I founded Whispering Gibbon after working as a developer on international franchises such as Ghost Recon, Formula One and Driver. I wanted to focus on building technologies that bridge the gap between virtual and physical content,” said founder Joe Stevens.
“The investment and support we have received from Northstar Ventures have allowed us to develop a unique platform that will bring user generated merchandise to the gaming market.”
Labeled as one to watch and ‘one of the most creative companies in England,’ Whispering Gibbon is allowing their users to go much further with 3D printing, allowing them to engage in a wider range of content and to connect with media that impacts them intellectually and emotionally, like movies and books–as well as games.
“Whispering Gibbon constantly impresses with its ability to identify new markets and innovative ways to use 3D printing technologies,” said James Foster, investment manager at Northstar Ventures. “The investment from the Finance for Business Proof of Concept Fund will enable it to strengthen the team, aid product development and launch the Grabit platform.”
Founded in 2004, Northstar is based in both Newcastle and Darlington. As a venture capital firm, they currently have over £95m under management. Their mission is in offering capital to companies like Whispering Gibbon in order to strengthen their product base, offerings, and future innovations. Their interests lie in entrepreneurs and businesses that are local, and growing.
As non-executive director of the company, Matthew Wiggins will joining the Whispering Gibbon team, bringing along with him an enormous amount of experience 3D printing and knowledge of the games industries including the co-founding of Wonderland, which is a mobile app development startup that was acquired acquired by Zynga in 2011.
“I’m excited to be joining Joe and the team,” said Wiggins. “They are working in a very interesting space and have developed groundbreaking technology that has the potential to not only disrupt existing manufacturing models, but build an entirely new market for 3D printing and merchandising.”
As the Whispering Gibbon team continues to develop their new platform, it should be interesting to see how other companies attempt to compete with the way they are expanding the use of 3D printing for their community, allowing not only for more recreational fun but as an ‘end-to end’ merchandising platform as well. Their innovative ideas, along with a large sum of new working capital, should definitely keep them on the list of ones to watch, as well as propelling them into the forefront of the 3D printing service industry. Tell us your thoughts on how you think this new round of funding will benefit them for the future in the Whispering Gibbon Ends Investment Round for 3D Platform forum over at 3DPB.com.
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