Shadow Raises $57 Million
It’s raining money for startups and the latest startup to get funding is a French company called Shadow. Also called Blade, this company has raised a series A funding of $57.1 million. It had already raised more than $14.6 million from some prominent angel investors like Nick Suppipat and Michael Benobou among others.
It is attracting so many investors because of its unique idea. It treats your computer as being a part of a data center, so it treats your phones and laptops as a thin client. This is a different way to make your computers more powerful and portable than before.
The good part about this idea is that this company is not reinventing the wheel, rather it is building on the latest developments in the world of technology and are even leveraging it to give you a powerful service. As of now, this service is mostly geared towards cloud gaming, though it can be extended to other services as well in the future.
Currently, this startup company is running thousands of virtual machines on a 800-grade Xeon processor that comes with a dedicated Nvidia GTX 1070 for each instance of virtual machine. This means, as a user, you a private and powerful machine for gaming, but everything is in the cloud.
Imagine the benefits that come with it. First off, it helps you to save a ton of money. You no longer have to spend loads of money in buying a powerful computer and the necessary hardware that come with it. Rather, you can simply pay a monthly subscription to this service and avail the same infrastructure.
Secondly, it gives you the flexibility to opt for more powerful computers as they become available. For example, let’s say, you bought a computer with an advanced chipset for gaming. A few months down the line, the same company introduces a more advanced and powerful chipset that could potentially change the entire gaming experience. To enjoy this power, you’ll have to buy another chipset again or be contended with what you have.
But with Shadow and cloud gaming as a whole, the infrastructure is something you don’t have to worry about. It’s up to the company to upgrade its system and maybe charge you a little bit more to use the same service. Still, you get to leverage technology as they become available, without ever worrying about the costs involved.
Thirdly, all the infrastructure is managed for you, so you can sit back and enjoy the game. No more worrying about security updates and patches. Gaming doesn’t really get easier than this, and this is why Shadow is attracting so many investors.
As of now, this service is available only in France, but we can expect it to become available in other countries too, as the company has decided to accept a lot more customers. The demand for this service is going up, as users are spending an average of 2.5 hours each day over the last 30 days.
To offer a better service, this company is working on its encryption and other features too.