Atari to sink up to $3.5 million into retro game streaming platform Antstream

Retro game streaming platform Antstream has received a fresh infusion of funding from Atari in order to continue expanding. The sum includes an initial investment of $500,000, but could reach $3.5 million down the road.

A press release from Atari explains that the initial $500,000 is pursuant to a convertible loan agreement that can be converted into equity in a future financing. If that larger $3.5 million investment comes to pass, this’ll mean Anstream has raised over $20 million to-date. The company intends to use the cash to add to its library of games and launch in more countries.

Founded in 2013, Antstream Arcade allows players to access over 1200 titles, including classics like Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, and Space Invaders, through an ad-funded freemium service or paid subscription.

The platform is currently supported on mobile and tablet devices alongside Mac, PC, and Amazon Fire Stick, but Anstream CEO Steve Cottam hopes to add more platforms in the future.

“Cloud gaming is the future of the games industry, and this latest funding will enable us to expand our industry leading library of games, but also make them available on more devices and in more countries than ever before,” commented Cottam in a press release.

Antstream previously picked up a “substantial investment” from Chinese company Tencent in 2019.

Interestingly, the same filing from Atari also paves the way for a potential
Atari acquisition of the Mobygames website and database. As outlined in Atari’s press release, Atari now has the option to purchase those Mobygames assets for
$1.5 million by March 2022.

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