Anything World Raises $7.5M to Launch AI-Driven Animation Platform


Anything World, a platform for developing interactive 3D experiences through the power of machine learning, announced today that $7.5 million has been raised in their Series Seed Plus funding round with investors including Acrew Capital, Alumni Ventures and Warner Music Group.

The influx of capital comes as the company kicks off the launch their high-fidelity animation system enabling rigging and animations for any 3D model at any time. The system is being launched in stages with its first iteration available now.

Anything World further revealed that their service is coming to Unreal Engine in December, describing the move as firmly in line with the company’s mission to lower the barriers to creativity in 3D. This development means more people will have access to AW’s tools of increasing fidelity, in industry-standard formats.

As 3D and virtual experiences become effective strategies for increasing engagement and user interest, Anything World’s platform is pitched as a vital tool in creating 3D assets at a massive scale which are open-sourced, readily available and remixable. Its custom implementations algorithmically assign animations and behaviors, and alongside custom designs of 3D content, creators can access hundreds of thousands of 3D models.

“The capacity for anyone to create immersive and accessible experiences in virtual and 3D worlds has been expanded substantially by this funding round,” says Gordon Midwood, CEO of Anything World. “We’re thrilled to expand further the tools and opportunities we can provide to developers, creatives and the general public. Because of the interest and need from developers who want to create 3D worlds, populate those worlds with assets and immerse users in incredible experiences, Anything World will continue to be the go-to platform.”

The development of Anything World’s high-fidelity animation system will be integrated directly into the company’s platform. Features of this advancement include voice control and low- and no-code options for 3D content creation, lowering barriers of entry for a larger pool of creators and opening the doors to more creativity for users and engagement in gaming, virtual and Web3 worlds.

“What we see in Anything World is the most cutting edge machine learning platform to empower developers of the metaverse. Backed up by a terrific team, we are confident that the company will set the standard in the years ahead for 3D creators of games, the future of work and more,” commented Ron Levin, Partner at Alumni Ventures.

Vishal Lugani, Founding Partner, Acrew Capital, added, “We strongly believe that Anything World can be a key enabler of helping digital experiences become richer and more immersive. At Acrew, we were impressed by the team and the vision. To start, Anything World is leveraging machine learning to tackle the problem of animation and rigging. Developers and designers of games, virtual worlds, and immersive experiences shouldn’t have to toil for hours and hours to bring their characters to life. Anything World speeds time to production for people building for the future of consumer digital experiences.”

This Series Seed Plus funding round also included investments from NGC Ventures, Supernode Ventures, GameTech Ventures and GFR Fund. The funding will be used for two years of runway, expansion of the team and the launch of Anything World’s high-fidelity animation system. AW had already raised $1.8 million in funding prior to this round, bringing their total to $9.3M.

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