Crypto: Animoca invests in Ex Populus; Fast Courier accepts Dogecoin

Former ASX-listed company Animoca Brands is continuing its investment spree, leading a US$3 million seed round in a Berkley, California-based indie blockchain game publisher.

CMS, Enjin, Infinity Ventures, Evernew, Polybius Capital, Decision Tree Ventures, Outlier Ventures and Zipmex also participated in the oversubscribed round into Ex Populus.

The company is working on a new game publishing model built entirely on Ethereum. Its first project is LAMO, a shooter with blockchain-based collectible functionality.

“Ex Populus has significant potential to boost the adoption of Web3 gaming and we look forward to collaborating with the team on strategic opportunities to publish third-party games,” said Yat Siu, executive chairman and co-founder of Animoca Brands.

“We were confident that there would be strong interest from investment groups,” said Tobias Batton, Ex Populus’ chief executive and founder. “But we are extremely humbled by the overwhelming support and enthusiasm that we received during this round.”

Fast Courier accepts crypto

A year-old Sydney based courier comparison website has announced it will be accepting crypto payments, including Dogecoin.

Fast Courier will accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, Litecoin and USD Coin, as well as Paypal, Stripe and credit card.

“Adding cryptocurrency to our existing payment options was a very conscious decision,” said Stephen Murphy, Fast Courier co-founder and chief executive.

“Crypto isn’t just an asset class, they are functional currencies, decentralised and empowering for consumers and businesses alike. It’s a viable alternative to the restrictive central bank-led payment systems.”

The website lets users compare and book deliveries from Aramex, Auspost, TNT, Couriers Please, Fedex, StarTrack, DHL, Toll and Allied Express.


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