- Payments platform for digital worlds, Tilia, has raised $22 million.
- The funds come from South Korea-based Dunamu and J.P. Morgan Payments.
- Tilia offers a compliant way for digital content creators to receive micropayments and mints fiat-pegged currency that can be used in virtual economies.
Tilia, a digital payments platform for games and virtual worlds, announced this week it received $22 million in funding.
Today’s funds come from South Korea-based Dunamu. Combined with the funds that existing investor J.P. Morgan Payments invested in Tilia in October of 2022, the venture round boosts the company’s total raised to $22 million. Tilia will use today’s round to scale its platform and address the demand for payments in digital economies.
Originally founded in 2019, Tilia was spun out of Second Life creator Linden Lab in 2022. The California-based company’s payments platform is the backbone for online economies such as those found in online games, creator platforms, social commerce, and other digital worlds. Tilia enables creators to receive direct payouts by processing user-generated content transactions and microtransactions, allowing them to monetize their operations. For games and virtual worlds, the company mints branded tokens that are compliant in the U.S. and have a fixed conversion rate to fiat currency.
Along with today’s news, Tilia also announced two new appointments. The company brought on Brad Oberwager as CEO and Catherine Porter as Chief Business Officer. Oberwager has served as Executive Chair at Tilia for the past two years.
“Today’s payments infrastructure was built for traditional commerce – it hasn’t caught up with the new way of living and working in a digital, creator-driven economy,” said Oberwager. “At Tilia, we have a massive opportunity to unlock new revenue streams for both online creators and the platforms they build in, whether they are gaming worlds, social platforms, or next generation marketplaces. As I take the helm at Tilia, my focus will be on providing a payments system that enables these expanding digital economies.”
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