In the rapidly evolving landscape of blockchain and gaming, one company stands at the forefront of innovation and transformation: Animoca Brands. In this exclusive interview, we speak with Robby Yung, CEO Animoca, about the company’s investment strategies, its pivotal role in the Web 3 ecosystem, and the exciting trends shaping the future of blockchain gaming.
Can you provide a brief overview of your background and how you came to be involved with Animoca?
I became involved with Animoca about twelve years ago through my friendship with Yat, who is the co-founder and chairman of the company. We first met during the early days of the web in Hong Kong when we were both part of a small ecosystem of start-up companies. As we worked together in the Web 1.0 era, advocating for businesses to go online, we got to be friends. This start-up community in Hong Kong was tiny, with around 30 start-ups at the time, and we've remained friends ever since.
Animoca Brands' portfolio includes companies like Dapper Labs, Sandbox and Yuga Labs. Could you shed some light on how Animoca identifies these valuable opportunities and assesses their potential?
Sandbox stands out as an exception on that list because it's one of our in-house studios. We acquired the studio responsible for Sandbox around the same time, approximately in 2018, and then collaboratively developed the Sandbox product as we know it today.