Varys Capital (“Varys”) has partnered with FundRock Investment Management Services (ME) Ltd (“FundRock”), a fund management company, licensed by the FSRA, to manage a feeder fund, that will invest its assets into a Master Fund with a mandate centered around blockchain, Web3 and infrastructure. The entity is named the Varys Capital Ventures (CEIC) Limited in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).

The feeder fund will invest its assets into a Master Fund (“Fund”), which was initially established as an early-stage, equity-focused venture fund with a mandate centered around blockchain innovation, Web3, and infrastructure. The Fund has identified commitments across DeFi, GameFi/Web3, Infrastructure, and Emerging Technologies, all centered around blockchain.

Varys will invest in multiple domestic companies and has entered the UAE because of the local government’s supportive directives, the country’s high level of innovation, robust local infrastructure, and forward-thinking minds. Since securing initial investment from prominent family offices, institutions, and high-net-worth investors, Varys has actively closed the gap on its $75m round.

The feeder fund’s appointed investment manager, legal counsel, fund administrator, and auditor are FundRock, Al Tamimi, Apex Fund Services (AD) Limited, and Crowe Mak LLP, respectively.

Darius Askaripour, Director of Varys Capital, said, “Due to the government’s leadership and vision, ADGM has created limitless opportunities and attracted the most brilliant and talented minds in the digital asset space. As a unique venture fund with the capacity to quantitatively execute deals, we are honoured to be a significant contributing entity in the region. We have immediate plans for deployment, adding to our high-performing portfolio and reinforcing the global appeal of the United Arab Emirates as the nation continues to expand the wide use cases of blockchain technology.”

Matthew Pykstra from FundRock, said “We are thrilled to have partnered with Varys Capital on this feeder fund and are enthusiastic about the diverse offering that the fund brings to the region”

Arvind Ramamurthy, Chief of Market Development at ADGM, added “We congratulate Varys and FundRock on joining hands to manage a feeder fund, here in the ‘Capital of Capital’ – Abu Dhabi. This initiative aligns with ADGM’s growth strategies for the digital assets space, focusing on progressive regulations and initiatives encompassing DeFi, Blockchain, and other related sub-clusters.

ADGM’s vibrant community includes a range of domestic companies in the new-age finance sector, and we look forward to this fund strategically bridging the investment gap for these companies that will foster significant growth within the sector and enhance overall industry development.”

MetaTrace, a GameFi venture, has secured a license from the UAE RAK DAO within the free economic zone. Embarking on its third investment round, the project aims to amass $25 million for global expansion, fortifying its market presence globally.

In May 2022 MetaTrace raised $500,000 for its NFT collection. By August 2022, a successful MVP on the geolocation platform MetaFora, powered by Polygon blockchain, was unveiled.

The second investment phase garnered $5,150,000, supported by angel investor Alexey. This marked the beginning of an extensive blockchain product ecosystem and a team of 50+ professionals. In September 2023, the MetaTrace TRC token debuted on exchanges, showcasing a 400% increase and maintaining a leading market position.

Metatrace is now launching its Series A investment round of $25 million. Mezen consulting group values MetaTrace at over $296 million, with projections soaring to $700 million within the next year. Despite the high valuation for a yet-to-be-fully-launched game, MetaTrace’s substantial user base and vibrant ecosystem provide a distinct advantage in this dynamic project.

Venture capital fund Varys Capital is looking to enter the GCC market, and is working to raise $75 million for its equity fund focused on blockchain innovation. The fund aims to achieve long-term growth from a curated portfolio of high-quality, early-stage businesses utilising blockchain to solve addressable needs in the wider software, gaming, and finance industries. 

To govern its entry into the UAE, Varys Capital has secured reputable local services, including Al Tamimi, one of the GCC’s most prestigious law firms, as its primary counsel.

According to the press release, the company has received inquiries from local institutions and prominent investors. The fund has 12 commitments in place across decentralised (DeFi) and centralised (CeFi) finance, GameFi/Web3, infrastructure, and emerging technologies.

Darius Askaripour, Managing Partner, Varys Capital said, “We are looking at entering the UAE market first encouraged by supportive local government directives, its high innovation levels, robust infrastructure, and forward-thinking mindset, but plan to deploy across the Middle East and North Africa with multiple deals already at the final stages of due diligence.”

The move comes as the International Market Analysis Research & Consulting Group (IMARC) forecasts the GCC’s digital asset management market will be worth US$222 million by 2028, registering a compound annual growth rate of 12.9% over the next five years.

Since 2018, Varys Capital has managed an equity-focused venture fund and a distinguished quantitative trading fund. Its blockchain venture fund boasts a total value to paid-in capital returns of 440% and over triple-digit internal rate of return since capital deployment in March this year.

The fund has made five investments in prominent blockchain, cloud technology, and games projects such as modular blockchain network developer Movement Labs, games studio SunSpear Games, blockchain enhancer for mobile operators Bloxtel, competitive multiplayer first-person shooter games producer Shrapnel, and cloud hardware and software developer, Nirvana Labs. Two of the projects have already experienced significant uprounds boosting returns

Canadian, Spirit Blockchain Capital, an entity operating in the Blockchain and Digital Asset sectors with the primary goal of creating value in a rapidly growing environment through recurring cash flows and capital appreciation and UAE based Masary Capital, consulting platform for blockchain and metaverse, sign MOU to partner to bring DeFi, Web3, and crypto asset management services in UAE.

Masary Capital will allow Spirit Blockchain to provide an optimal environment for global Blockchain enterprises and growth for Spirit’s shareholders. Under the strategic partnership agreement, Spirit will leverage its relationship with Masary Capital to grow its presence in the Middle East and it will use Masary Capital as the advisory provider with respect to any potential growth within the region.

In addition, Spirit will support Masary Capital’s Dubai Blockchain and Metaverse Strategy by providing assistance for important Web3 infrastructure projects, including public blockchain, scaling solutions and decentralized applications such as DeFi and GameFi. As part of the partnership, Spirit will establish an office in Dubai.

Khalil Abdulla, Chief Executive Officer of Masary Capital, expressed his excitement about Spirit Blockchain Capital being its Swiss-Canadian based public company partner commenting: “We are thrilled to work with Spirit Blockchain. We strive to work with companies that intend to contribute to the region’s immense ecosystem. We know that having a local partnership is the only way to create significant inroads and allocate capital appropriately.”

Spirit and Masary shall become the preeminent strategic partnership for Decentralized Finance, Web3 and asset management companies in MENA.

Lewis Bateman, CEO of Spirit Blockchain said “This relationship exemplifies strategic opportunities in the Digital Assets and Blockchain space and the commitment that Spirit Blockchain Capital is able to provide. We couldn’t get to where we want to go without Masary as a key local partner,”. “Masary is the best partner in the region and the partnership will be the foundation of great opportunities and growth for both companies. This is only the beginning and soon we intend to list on the Nasdaq Dubai.”

UK investment company InfoDriver Capital is launching a $10 million fund for DeFi, GameFi and AI startups targeting UAE, UK, Europe and USA.

The company has expertise in supply chain solutions, automated lending platforms, exchanges, DeFi, and AI applications including digital identity, authentication, content generation, and has already developed successful technology products over seven years.

InfoDriver Capital anticipates a 3-5x return on investment in just 2-4 years and is currently seeking experienced and accredited investors with a minimum investment requirement of $100,000. The investment strategy charges only 5% investments and diversifies the total portfolio of the startups from Seed to A round with a working revenue model and user base.

According to Kirill Mishanin, CEO and Founder of InfoDriver Capital stated, “Investing in startups in the Web3 space is a wise decision, as it is the future of the internet. InfoDriver Capital is committed to shaping that future by supporting innovative startups in this field. We are thrilled to be able to support these innovative startups and help them reach their full potential. We believe that Web3 is the future, and we are committed to helping shape that future by investing in startups that are working on innovative solutions.”

Infodriver Capital has already identified several promising startups, including Certhis wallet with utility collections, Aspis DAO asset management, Banger’s gaming DeFi, Toscale’ super app for liquidity and social trading, Main’ community-building platform, Stage’ only-music-fans for Zen Z, and Babylon Voice for Metaverse as Media Wallet with Digital ID – VoicePrint, that is Face ID did for iPhone.

UAE based Blockchain gaming entity, iBLOXX,Studio has secured a $5 million investment in a recent funding round led by PrimeXM. The capital will be utilized to expand the company’s GameFi division. The investment brings the gaming division’s post-money valuation to 30 million USD.

The funds will be primarily used to develop iBLOXX Studios, the group´s Web3 gaming arm. iBLOXX Studios is focused on building blockchain games using Unreal Engine and Unity, developing GameFi economy health- and monitoring solutions, as well as creating trading-related blockchain applications. With this funding, iBLOXX Studios will be able to accelerate the development of its gaming offerings and expand its reach in the blockchain gaming market.

“PrimeXM, who is amongst the world’s leading providers for foreign exchange and cryptocurrency trading solutions, caters to some of the industry’s largest players, such as Saxo Bank, IG,, SwissQuote or OKCoin. Their decision to invest in iBLOXX is a testament to their unwavering confidence in our company’s potential for growth.” said Domenik Maier, CEO of iBLOXX.

iBLOXX recceived its license from Dubai DMCC in December 2021. 

Web3 technologies in gaming represents one of the fastest-growing segments of the nearly $200 billion global gaming industry. Currently standing at $1.8 billion, revenues generated by the gaming industry in the MENA region are expected to reach $5 billion by 2025. 

Dubai based Ultron Foundation, a Blockchain DeFi entity is sponsoring the Future Blockchain Summit being organized by DWTC in partnership with VARA (Virtual assets Regulatory Authority) from October 10-13th 2022

Ultron CEO, Shukhrat Shadibekov, stated, “We highly respect the people behind the Future Blockchain Summit. It is a brilliant idea to gather Blockchain companies and give them a venue where they can explore and share innovations (to fellow experts and enthusiasts) in the ever-evolving tech industry. We are happy to be included here, as the fastest growing layer-1 blockchain company is an honor for Ultron Foundation.”

Ultron will discuss at Gitex the latest developments in NFT and metaverse as well as the utility of Ultron’s Blockchain network.

The Ultron Football Metaverse project with Devla will be launched in the coming months. It will allow the players to play, strategize, and earn passive rewards. The features and the structure of the game give much anticipation from ULX users and metaverse enthusiasts.

Aside from the gameFi project, Ultron is also set to launch a one-of-a-kind NFT collection with world-famous tattoo artist Ivana Belakova aka Ivana Tattoo Art, in Dubai. The tattoo artist has worked with celebrities like Chris Brown, Rita Ora, Lil Wayne, etc..

Ivana Tattoo Art NFT collection is not just an NFT asset. Ultron and Cosmic Wire curated a lifestyle-based experience that comes with each NFT piece. It is a digital key to wonders that will make you wander and celebrate life with Ivana Tattoo Art around the world. NFT holders will also engage in a community of NFT enthusiasts and join a luxurious annual yacht party with Ivana Tattoo Art and the rest of the NFT VIPs.

To promote the NFT Collection, Ultron Foundation will bring Ivana Tattoo Art to the US, Europe, and the Middle East. There will be a series of events where NFT pass holders will receive one-of-a-kind merchandise and a chance to win a tttoo session with Ivana.

The project will be pre-launched on October 14, 2022, at Ultron’s Grand Closing Celebration in a private and invite-only yacht party attended by distinguished guests from the media and NFT space, executives, celebrities, and the one and only, Ivana Tattoo Art, in Dubai.

UAE Alawad Fund announced the launch of their 300 million USD Blockchain crypto investment fund which consists of two main sub funds. The first Fund is focused on cryptocurrency mining while the second is on crypto and Blockchain. The chairman of the fund is His Excellency Sheikh Alawad. As per the website the fund has gained regulatory approval out of DAFZA (Dubai Airport Free Zone). The CEO of the Fund is Jojo Jiang.

The fund is said to invest in virtual assets, blockchain startups, crypto exchanges, with a focus on Bitcoin mining. The Cryptocurrency Mining Sub-fund focuses on cryptocurrency miner supply chain finance and cryptocurrency mining farm constructions. As per an article on Bitcoinist, ” The first Fund is a total of 300 million USD.”

The second sub fund is the investment fund, which will invest in project with sufficient industry experience. The main investment areas are Web 3.0, Metaverse, GameFi & DAO. 10 percent of fund will be allocated to the above and 90 percent will be quantitative investment using statistical algorithms and machine learning.

Currently AlAwad Fund has made investments in two entities, MBTC Mining and Ankots. MBTC mining is a next Generation Crypto providing a Cross-chain Trust Standard in the Metaverse. MBTC mining requires hash power from NFT miners using next-gen proof-of-NFT validation with zero energy consumption. The maximum supply of MBTC is 21,000,000. Mining rewards are 50MBTC per 10mins initially and will be halved every four years.

Ankots is a gameFi play to Earn platform that utilizes NFTs.

UAE Based Cypher Capital among leading global Venture Capitalists to have invested in Blockchain gaming platform, MetaOne. UAE Cypher Capital, Huobi Ventures, LD Capital and GSR Capital have invested 2 million USD in MetaOne, a SAAS ( Software as a Service) platform that is working to onboard games and guilds onto blockchain gaming.

“We are beyond enthusiastic about our new investment, MetaOne, the service platform that enables massive gamer communities,” MetaOne is solving key problems in the current Web 3.0 GameFi market by creating a single platform that attracts Web 2.0 gamers to Web 3.0 GameFi and empowers the gaming guilds to take data-backed decisions. By leveraging on our strong influence in the region, MetaOne is looking to tap into the Middle East market to convert more gamers into GameFi, stated, Vineet Budki, Managing Partner and CEO of Cypher Capital.

With more than 242 guilds, over 72,000 gamers onboarded, 33 GameFi titles partnership in the pipeline and NFT asset management across 7 chains, the platform is eager to work with more partners to realize the vision of GameFi empowerment and to become the mainstream adoption platform from Web2 gaming to Web3 GameFi over the globe.

Furthermore, MetaOne  is seeking to localize the platform through their relationship in East-Africa as a MOU has been recently signed with East-African partners who are associated with Mpesa and Sports-Pesa. The partnership looks forward to providing a seamless onboarding experience for the gaming communities in the region.

“We are so excited about communicating this vision to all geographical regions and realizing it into real executable plans where guilds, gamers, GameFi studios and the retail investors can see and feel the tangibles.” said Marrtin Hoon, CEO of MetaOne.

The project is expected to have its official platform roll and utility token launch by year 2022.

Prior to this Cypher Capital invested in Iomob, a Blockchain company developing a decentralized protocol for mobility marketplace and token.