IRL Studios announced it Fitness lesson “Jim .”The popular VR basketball game on the Meta Quest App Lab raised $8 million in a seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) with the participation of Y Combinator.
Other participants include Founders Inc. and Todd and Rahul’s Angel Fund, Balaji Srinivasan, Zaza Pachulia, and a number of other angel investors.
his name is in The road to virtual reality Top 20 free games on Quest, Fitness lesson “Jim .” It lets you shoot hoops and dunk on friends like you probably can’t in a physical ballpark.
The Free Early Access version is rated highly in the App Lab for good reason, in part because of the physics-based gameplay and full-body kinetics, but mostly because it offers one of the most realistic basketball playing experiences that lets you go toe-to-toe. With up to eight other players online. Fitness lesson “Jim .” He also took second place in the Meta Quest App Lab, earning an A [4.9/5] User rating from over 14,000 reviews.
The studio hasn’t specified exactly what it plans to do with the funding, though the team’s mission includes building a digital sports ecosystem “indistinguishable from what IRL sees as one that meets the deep needs of friendship, identity, entertainment, creativity, fitness, fashion, and even competition to become star,” reads his Y Combinator file.
“Fitness lesson “Jim .” It’s more than just a game, it’s a digital sport.” Paul Katsen, studio co-founder and product manager at Gym Class, said. “It allows you to immerse like a pro, become a basketball star, and watch, compete, cheer, and participate in the entire sport experience. Just as with real sports, we believe digital sports will see thriving global communities, leagues, entertainment and events, fashion, commerce, fitness, and more. “
“We are convinced that gaming, virtual worlds and digital sports will be the new social networks,” said Andrew Chen, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). “Fitness lesson “Jim .” Dawn of Digital Sports Signals. It has the oomph, and it has the right team behind it to realize the true social potential of VR. We strongly believe in the vision and the team that has already proven that the gym class has a huge audience and opportunity.”
Fitness lesson “Jim .” It’s scheduled to be released in the official Quest Store sometime in the fall of 2022.