Taiwan’s Infinity Ventures Crypto (IVC) announced Wednesday the closing of its inaugural fund capped at $70 million to jumpstart and accelerate the growth of global GameFi, DeFi and Web 3 innovations.

As Asia’s most active fund targeting the region’s booming crypto industry, IVC is participated by heavyweights such as Circle, Digital Currency Group, and Animoca Brands.

Since its founding in August 2021, IVC has injected capital and expertise into 78 portfolio companies.

With 13 years of experience in traditional venture capital under the sister fund Headline Asia, IVC leverages its global network to empower blockchain startups across the globe, including those in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Japan, United States, and others.

As venture-building partners, IVC is committed to supporting its founders fully, from tokenomics design to cryptocurrency exchange listings.

“As a bridge between the East and West, we take a boots-on-the-ground approach by assembling teams of local experts to stoke the growth of our portfolio companies. We’re proud to be off to a fast start and are excited to share our expertise with more innovators,” IVC Partner Brian Lu said in a statement.

IVC’s first investment was Yield Guild Games (YGG), a Philippines-headquartered play-to-earn gaming guild and DAO that invests in non-fungible tokens (NFTs). IVC and YGG joined together to venture-build and incubate their first subDAO, YGG SEA, which will help provide localized support throughout the Southeast Asian region.

“Aligning with IVC’s vision to help the unbanked and the underbanked, these games provide an additional income stream to players during the pandemic,” said Lu.

IVC partners also include Akio Tanaka, Founder of Headline Asia; Herbie Fu, Former Partner at 8 Decimal Capital; JT Law, Co-Founder of VerifyInvestor; Alex Yeh, Co-Founder of AuraBlock Ventures; and Richie Chaval Jiaravanon, Former Chief Executive Officer of Snapask Thailand.

IVC was founded to empower and invest in pioneering GameFi, DeFi and Web 3 startups. The fund’s partners have invested in crypto assets since 2015 and have guided companies through a rapidly-evolving landscape. Since August 2021, IVC has made numerous strategic investments into a diverse range of startups including YGG and the Japanese yen-pegged stablecoin, JPYC. IVC aims to innovate, build, and catapult forward the next generation of founders.

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