Animoca Brands buys major stake in Aussie digital services agency

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NFT investment giant Animoca Brands has acquired a major stake in Australian digital marketing agency Be Media.

Be Media has locations in Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney and has provided Web2 firms with advertising and digital strategy since 2013. While the company isn’t geared up towards the crypto sector, the investment seems to be a part of Animoca’s immediate aim to “shepherd companies into Web3.”

According to an announcement shared with Cointelegraph, Be Media will be tasked with seeking out partnerships with top Australian Brands relating to Animoca’s various blockchain-focused initiatives such as NFTs and launching an “open Metaverse”.

“In line with its expanded scope after the acquisition, Be Media has begun an aggressive hiring process in the fields of blockchain development and project management to support the expanding pipeline of opportunities that the company will handle,” the announcement read.

Be Media founder and CEO Jordan Fogarty — who will retain a minor stake and continue with his current role — outlined his enthusiasm for diving into blockchain tech with his firm, noting that he was “honored” to have the chance to help local companies take the plunge into Web3 and “introduce their customers to the metaverse, NFTs, and the power of digital property rights.”

Speaking with the Australian Financial Review (AFR) on April 19, Fogarty also suggested that there is currently “insane” demand from the local business sector to adopt Web3 tech such as NFTs:

“So many brands out there are saying they need to do something in web3, but how, and there’s not many service providers with the skills and experience because it’s so new.”

“At the corporate level I’d be surprised if there aren’t many companies thinking of a strategy in this space,” he added.

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Animoca, the crypto unicorn valued at around $5 billion, has been on a relentless investment spree over the past couple of years. Last week alone, Cointelegraph reported that the company acquired a 96% stake in Eden Games for $15 million, and a 70% stake in Darewise Entertainment.

Both deals are expected to help the company develop triple-A level games backed by blockchain tech. While the investment in Be Media also adds to Animoca’s two other Australian investments which include gaming firms Blowfish Studios and Grease Monkey Games.