WonderFi to Acquire Go BIG! Game Franchise on iOS and Android with over 200,000 users, including launch title “Go BIG! Feat. Godzilla vs Kong” a Licensed IP Property from Legendary Entertainment, through Acquisition of Sun Machine Entertainment
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, February 24, 2022 – WonderFi Technologies Inc. (NEO: WNDR; OTC: WONDF, WKN: A3C166, FTX:WNDR) (the “Company” or “WonderFi”) today announced the launch of a new division, WonderFi Interactive Inc. (“WonderFi Interactive”), which expands WonderFi’s product offering into play to earn gaming and NFTs and will provide a new on-ramp for users into the WonderFi ecosystem. In connection with the launch, WonderFi has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Sun Machine Entertainment Inc. (“Sun Machine”), an industry leading game development studio and owner of the Go BIG! Franchise, which is currently available on iOS and Android.
WonderFi Interactive Launch
“Gaming provides a universally accessible entry point for crypto and NFTs, and there are over 3 billion gamers worldwide” commented Cong Ly, Chief Technology Officer of WonderFi. “WonderFi is in a position to create unique NFT opportunities through the Go BIG! Franchise and offer players the ability to earn IP-backed NFTs that are usable across the Go BIG! Franchise and the WonderFi ecosystem.”
WonderFi Interactive’s roadmap will include the integration of NFTs into the Go BIG! Franchise including celebrity NFTs, and the development of new games in 2022 to bring more gamers into the WonderFi ecosystem.
Sam Bankman-Fried, strategic investor in WonderFi has commented on gaming NFTs being “the driving force behind bringing crypto to the mainstream”. “I’m pretty bullish on a top-tier gaming publisher looking to introduce crypto into their system”, and gaming NFTs could “bring a non-crypto native audience to crypto for something other than financial investing” added Bankman-Fried.
For more information about the launch of WonderFi Interactive, please visit www.wonder.fi/interactive.
Sun Machine, Godzilla vs. Kong and Legendary Entertainment
Sun Machine was founded by Wil Mozell, who previously sold his game development studio BigPark to Microsoft. Wil has been building studios and game franchises for over 28 years and while at Microsoft oversaw flagship products Gears of War and Kinect Sports as well as leading interactive sports experiences with NFL, ESPN and UFC on Xbox.
Sun Machine, in partnership with global content leader Legendary Entertainment, released the action-packed mobile video game Go BIG! feat. Godzilla vs. Kong in Q4 2021. During this period and in advance of commercial launch in Q2 2022, the product has already seen over 200,000 installs while in soft launch across the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in North America and select international markets. “With our soft launch user acquisition metrics, our world class IP partnership with Legendary Entertainment, and our 2022 roadmap, we are very excited about the future of the Go Big! franchise” commented Mr. Mozell.
Go BIG! feat. Godzilla vs. Kong is the first major installation of the Go BIG! Franchise. Created to be "the most fun two minutes of your day," the casual-action "smash, dash and grow" gameplay of Go BIG! will soon extend to other game genres which the team at Sun Machine will be creating next. With its broadly appealing gameplay, captivating characters, and dynamic world, Go BIG! was designed for seamless collaboration with compelling IP such as Godzilla vs. Kong.
"This is one of the deepest collaborations we have done in a casual mobile game for the film Godzilla vs. Kong, and we couldn't be happier with Sun Machine's portrayal," commented Legendary Entertainment's Sam Rappaport, Director of Interactive Media, at the time of soft launch. "Go BIG! feat. Godzilla vs. Kong is non-stop action and pure fun, bringing a playful element to the iconic Kong and Godzilla Titans not yet seen before. We believe fans of the Monsterverse franchise and even those who haven't yet seen the films will love this game."
The Acquisition is valued at $17 million, subject to on-going due diligence, and consideration will be paid in WonderFi common shares based on a 15 day volume weighted average price of WonderFi common shares on the trading day immediately preceding the execution of a definitive agreement, with a minimum issuance price of $2.05 per WonderFi common share and a maximum of $2.85 per share.
The Acquisition is subject to the parties negotiating and entering into a definitive agreement to give effect to the Acquisition and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, subject to Sun Machine shareholder approval, board approvals, the completion of due diligence by WonderFi and other acquisition-related closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
Cong Ly, Chief Technology Officer of WonderFi, previous served as Chief Technology Officer of Sun Machine from March 2019 to October 2020. Mr. Ly has no direct or indirect ownership of Sun Machine.
Crypto APIs Acquisition
WonderFi management has decided not to proceed with the previously announced acquisition of Mena Software Ltd. (Crypto APIs).
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WonderFi is a leading technology company with the mission of creating better access to digital assets through compliant centralized and decentralized platforms. WonderFi has a multi-pronged business strategy which includes a high-growth consumer finance app which will serve as a trusted gateway to the new financial system, and a digital asset portfolio which consists of leading crypto and DeFi assets. WonderFi's executive team and Board of Directors have an established track record in finance and crypto, with previous experience at Amazon, Shopify, PayPal, Galaxy Digital and Hut 8. WonderFi's core team of engineers and technologists believe that everyone should have equal access to finance, and are aligned in the mission to empower people around the world to access DeFi in a simple, smart and secure way. For more information, visit www.wonder.fi.
About Sun Machine Entertainment
Sun Machine Entertainment is a leading developer of original video games, founded in Vancouver, Canada by a team of industry leaders responsible for numerous best-selling and award-winning titles. Sun Machine's debut release, Go BIG! feat. Godzilla vs. Kong, is a casual action mobile game that builds on the hugely successful film Godzilla vs. Kong, the latest chapter of Legendary Entertainment's Monsterverse franchise. To learn more, visit www.sunmachinegames.com.
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