The gaming market speeded up in recent years. Thinking of protecting gamers from online fraud, Brazilians Maria Oliveira and Rodrigo Tamellini created GameSafer in Silicon Valley in 2019. The online gaming security and experience solutions startup, raised BRL 3.2 million in a round with Brazilian early-stage venture capital manager Indicator Capital, Vivo‘s open innovation hub, Wayra Brasil, TheVentureCity, Harvard Angels, GV Angels, and Kerpen Ventures.
The company was incubated within U.S. accelerators UC Berkeley Skydeck and MassChallenge and developed a digital identity for the games market to protect players and make it impossible to create duplicate or fake accounts. Today, the startup works with Minecraft, which has more than 140 million players worldwide.
“We act with player verification and authentication through computer vision and artificial intelligence and this better understanding of the user allows for a more secure and customized in-game experience,” explains the company’s COO, Maria Oliveira.
To perform authentication, the company scans the player’s face, and, from that, a biometric analysis of the face is performed. This process can occur at different times: access, purchases, tournaments, and chats.
“With this information, we can improve the matching between players and create a safer environment, able to prevent social interaction problems and allow the exchange to happen healthily and safely,” says Rodrigo Tamellini, CEO of GamerSafer.