GP Bullhound invests in Quixel
20 March 2018 – GP Bullhound is investing in Quixel together with Back in Black, in a SEK25m round.
Quixel develops tools for 3D artists, primarily in the video game and film industries. The company’s main product is Megascans, the world’s largest and fastest growing library of scanned 3D objects and materials. The funds raised will be used to accelerate the growth of the library and build an ecosystem of time-saving creative tools around Megascans.
The company’s founders, CEO Teddy Bergsman and COO Waqar Azim, remain majority owners of the company.
One of the first users of Megascans objects and materials was MPC, the production company behind Disney’s The Jungle Book, which used an early version of the library to create the film’s Oscar-winning 3D environments. Since then, Megascans has been used in blockbuster films such as Pacific Rim: Uprising (Double Negative) and Justice League (MPC), as well as in AAA games such as Monster Hunter: World (Capcom) and Shadow of the Colossus (Bluepoint Games).
Teddy Bergsman: “When we founded Quixel we had a vision of a future where game environments would become completely photorealistic and where a majority of films would rely entirely on computer-generated environments. This future would be characterized by high-quality 3D scanning.
We have therefore developed our own hardware and software and established a scanning team all over the world who worked for several years to create the world’s largest library of objects and materials.
The production of The Jungle Book was at the cutting edge of 3D cinema production, with not a single camera shot taken outside of MPC’s studio in Los Angeles. It proved to work perfectly with our technology.
We anticipate that the gaming, film, advertising, and architectural industries will all converge towards using standardized workflows to create their content, and we want to offer all the tools needed for artists to create photorealistic environments with simplicity.”
Joakim Dal, Partner at GP Bullhound Asset Management, Investment Advisor to GP Bullhound Fund IV: “Teddy is a brilliant example of today’s entrepreneur, an expert in his field even before he turned 30. Together with Waqar, he has built a fantastic company with some of the world’s largest users of 3D material. We think it’s very exciting to collaborate with Quixel and contribute to their continued growth.”
Enquiries: Joakim Dal, Partner: +46 734 41 23 65, firstname.lastname@example.org
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About GP Bullhound Asset Management
GP Bullhound Asset Management is the firm’s independent investment arm. It currently manages four funds, investing in high-potential and fast growing technology businesses, from early stage to pre-IPO.