Build a Rocket Boy, a game that is scotland-headquartered company founded by one of the former lead developers behind the Grand Theft Auto franchise, today announced it has raised $110 million in a Series D round of funding.

The funding comes ahead of the much-anticipated launch of the company’s first titles and immersive world that is open.

Leslie Benzies could very well be better called the previous president of Rockstar North, operating growth of its smash hit Grand Theft Auto series beginning the instalment that is third 2001, through each subsequent title until departing the company in 2016 following a 17-month sabbatical. That year that is same Benzies initiated legal action against their previous manager, arguing which he had efficiently already been kicked on and denied a share associated with game’s earnings. A portion that is substantial of complaints were thrown out in court two years later, with the parties finally reaching a confidential settlement in 2019.

Throughout much of this, Benzies was laying the foundation for his next project that is big

Leslie Benzies

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Initially known as Royal Circus Games (known as after a address that is prestigious the company’s home city, Edinburgh), lawyers representing Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive argued that the “RCG” acronym was strikingly similar to Rockstar Games (RSG), and was deliberately designed to confuse. Whether its name-change was a result that is direct of accusation is not obvious, but Royal Circus Games morphed into Build a Rocket Boy in 2018 and continued to raise at least $40 million in money to build up and commercialize a suite of the latest brands.

While these have actually however to begin to see the formal light of time, the business has actually teased a brand new immersive world that is open called Everywhere, pitched as “community-driven gaming” where players can build their own world — in what could perhaps be construed as something akin to Roblox. And then there is MindsEye, touted as a action that is“story-driven.”

Both brands tend to be slated for launch “in the future that is near” while the company is also introducing a suite of user-generated content (UGC) design tools it calls Arcadia.

“I started Build A Rocket Boy so I love with players and give them a place to create and share,” Benzies said in a

that I could continue to share the stories. “We have confidence in the next where online game creation is invest the fingers associated with people, and we’ll enable these with the various tools to greatly help form this vision with us.”RedBird Capital PartnersBuild a Rocket Boy’s Series D round ended up being led by brand new investment that is york-based

, with participation from NetEase Games, Galaxy Interactive, Endeavor, Alignment Growth, Woodline Partners, GTAM Partners, among others.

Aside from its headquarters in Edinburgh, Build a Rocket Boy has opened development that is additional in Budapest (Hungary) and Montpellier (France).(*)