He lives in San Francisco and she's in Canada, but before long they clicked, flew to meet each other and a relationship was born
The story is proof, Park says, that the bonds formed while gaming together should not be dismissed when compared to IRL meetups.
Now, the idea is taking off. The startup announced it raised $2 million in seed funding on Thursday. Next, the three-person company plans to use it to hire on engineers and build out features for its 25,000 active gamer users, who Park refers to as “the power users of the internet.”
“They're the best people to build for,” he said. “They're the ones that understand the intricacies and culture of the internet more.”
Park is setting his sights on building out Kippo's user profiles, which he described as a design mashup between Myspace and Pinterest. Profiles ask users to list their favorite games - more than 6,000 games are so far highlighted, Park said - their personality type, horoscope, favorite Animal Crossing character and more. Users specify their gender, with “female,” “male” and “nonbinary” as options and note who they're interested in.