If you could earn 5X of your monthly income by playing a game, would you? Not only do such games exist in Southeast Asia, but they could also be changing the future of gaming—and gig work—around the world.

The proof of the pudding lies in the VC investment pie, and San Francisco-based Andreessen Horowitz—known as A16z—made a rare Southeast Asia-based investment this month. The VC—which counts WhatsApp, Instagram and Stripe among its portfolio—chose to back Yield Guild Games (YGG), a Philippines-based startup formed in December 2020 that runs a community of 45,000 gamers, as part of a US$4.6 million deal.


Jon Russell

Jon Russell is Southeast Asia editor for The Ken based in Bangkok. Originally from the UK, Jon moved to Thailand in 2008. He’s passionate about telling thoughtful business stories, and tracking the impact of the internet in his adopted home of Southeast Asia.

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