‘Plato’ Secures $3M Seed, Launches to Transform Instant Messenger Gaming
Plato, the first messenger app created specifically for multiplayer gaming, today released its public beta for iOS and Android platforms. Plato seamlessly combines messaging and gaming within its cross-platform app, enabling users to play multiplayer games instantly while chatting with anyone.
Whereas many other messaging apps treat games as an afterthought, Plato is the first to offer a complete multiplayer gaming package combined with a seamless chat interface. While some messengers mostly offer single-player or high-score based games, Plato is the only messenger that is focused on real-time multiplayer games to foster a true social gaming experience.
All games on Plato are playable instantly through Plato’s proprietary platform, without needing to ever download games separately. Users can start a game directly with a friend or play larger multiplayer games in a group. All game moves are updated live, and also sent as chat messages for those that prefer asynchronous play.
Users can watch a game in a group as a spectator and continue to chat seamlessly without leaving the games. Additionally, users can connect and play with anyone other than their friends globally with Plato’s own matchmaking system.
Plato is launching its public beta with 11 multiplayer games, including Pool, Hold’em, Chess, Backgammon, Spades, Hearts – all created using Plato’s proprietary game development and publishing platform. While currently focused on curating an initial catalog of high quality first party multiplayer titles, Plato plans to open its messenger game publishing platform to third party developers in the future.
With over $3 million in seed funding, Plato is founded by the original creators of Yahoo! Games, and backed by angel investors from WhatsApp. Plato’s team brings unparalleled and unique expertise in building social gaming platforms for mainstream and mobile audiences.
About Plato Team Inc.
Founded in 2014 by the original creators of Yahoo! Games, Plato provides a truly social mobile play experience for global audiences. Plato is the first messenger app designed exclusively for real-time, cross-platform multiplayer gaming that seamlessly combines chat with play. People can connect with old friends and new like-minded players from around the world. Its growing catalog of curated high quality multiplayer classics include Pool, Hold’em, Chess, Backgammon, Spades, Hearts and more. Plato is currently in public beta and free to download through the Google Play Store and App Store. Headquartered in San Jose with an office in Austin, the company is backed by angel investors from WhatsApp. For more information, please visit www.platoapp.com.