Layer completes $1.8m seed round

Layer, an AI-powered productivity tool used by gaming companies, has completed a $1.8m seed round led by ad tech and gaming angels, and VC funds, including Jim Payne, Akin Babayigit, Michele Attisani, Dilpesh Parmar, The Games Fund, The Games Syndicate, GFR Fund, and Laton Ventures.

While Layer is currently focused focusing on perfecting 2D generation in games for mobile, then AAA studios, it said that in the near future, it will generate both spine and sprite animations from text, images and other animations and further expand to 3D workflows. Layer will also build integrations into non-gaming workflows like marketing and advertising. It will also continue its dedication to style-consistent output quality, and seamless workflow integrations that empower and free artists from redundant workflow overheads.

“AI unlocked many opportunities for gaming and we want Layer to be the easiest tool to get onboard with and the fastest to ROI” said Chief Revenue Officer, Burcu Ozcengiz. “Layer is already serving numerous top tier clients like Tripledot, Sciplay, Mag Interactive and hundreds of professional artists since launching in February 2023. Layer is also working to shore up their compliance program and will achieve SOC 2 and ISO certification to further cement the security and reliability of their offering for the enterprise.”

Commenting on the investment, Maria Kochmola, General Partner at The Games Fund, said: “Being deeply rooted in game development we see pivotal changes coming to production with Gen-AI tools coming into play. We are not big fans of the idea of flooding the market with soulless content and Layer sets itself apart by aiming to enhance, not replace, human artistry, liberating creators from mundane tasks. That is what we all believe in. We also like that their focus is on enterprise clients and their real needs for seamless integration into existing production pipelines.”