Fitness center Class, a VR-basketball app, right now introduced it has closed an $8 million spherical of funding. Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) led the spherical, with participation from Y Combinator.
The VR app launched within the Meta Quest App Lab, the place it’s at present one of the crucial fashionable apps, having been downloaded by over 1 million customers. It’s a mix of a sports activities app and a social house, and the creators hope to launch its on the Meta Quest retailer later this 12 months.
Paul Katsen, co-founder and CPO of Fitness center Class, stated in an announcement, “Fitness center Class is greater than a sport, it’s a digital sport. It allows you to dunk like a professional, turn into a basketball star, watch, compete, cheer and become involved in the entire expertise of the game. Similar to with actual sports activities, we imagine digital sports activities will see thriving international communities, leagues, leisure and occasions, vogue, commerce, health and extra.”
Andrew Chen, companion at Andreessen Horowitz, added, “We’re satisfied that video games, digital worlds and digital sports activities would be the new social networks. Fitness center Class indicators the daybreak of digital sports activities. It has the traction and has the suitable staff behind it to comprehend the true potential of social VR. We’re robust believers within the imaginative and prescient and the staff who’ve already confirmed Fitness center Class has an enormous viewers and alternative.”