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Buildbox Raises $20 Million so Anyone Can Make the Next Pokemon Go

Close to 1 million people are using the company’s software to create their own video games.

Buildbox’s software has created games that have been played by more than 100 million people.

Buildbox’s software has created games that have been played by more than 100 million people.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images AsiaPac

Growing up in the 1980s, Jonathan Zweig and Mike Seavers dreamed of making their own video games. But designing a proper game required a mastery of computer code, something neither would attain until adulthood.

They are hoping their company, Buildbox, can change that. Buildbox has raised $20 million from investors such as Raine Ventures, Galaxy Venture Capital and Manta Ray to build out software that allows anyone to create a video game without needing to know code. Close to 1 million people have already used Buildbox’s software to create games. which have been played by more than 100 million people, according to Zweig. This new funding will allow the company to hire more staff and experiment with a new advertising program.