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Progress & Timeline

End of January 2020, project gobuddy.ai was started

February 2020:

  • Vladimir Funtikov, CEO of Creative Mobile joined as an active advisor in game development, team building and performance
  • Interviewed 98 Twitch streamers and development roadmap created
  • Daniel Roda, ex-UI/UX designer, King joined as an advisor

March 2020:

Avatar V1.0 designed.

  • Kristine Young, Global Marketing Manager, Playstation joined as an advisor
  • Grig Kuznetsov, ex-EVP Global Financial Services, Wirecard joined as an active advisor in payment processing and payouts
  • Arina Tšekanina, ex-Chief Legal Officer, BASIS ID joined as a legal & compliance consultant
  • Georgy Knyazhev joined as a avatar producer

April 2021:

  • Mika Kuusisto, co-founder and CEO, ENCE Esports joined as an active advisor.

Product:

Avatar V2.0 designed.

Soft MVP (Unity-based desktop application) tested by 30 streamers. Feedback collected. AI brain triggers are adjusted based on the numerous tests (11 hypotheses tested, 4 survived).

Business model 2.0 is created. Challenged and adjusted by advisors. To be tested in Alpha version.

Desktop and web app wireframes are ready. Legal paperwork - EULA, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy - ready and adapted to US and EU laws.

Recruitment:

  • 1x 3D artist and 1x Animator are recruited;
  • Consultant: a guy who developed one of the top digital adult content star. Anonymous. A lot of insights and experience to be applied.

May 2021:

Delaware C-Corp is registered.

Game economy is developed and assessed by senior game economy designers from Gameloft and EA.

Go-to-market roadmap is created.

Together with ENCE, we build a brand activation campaigns for Red Bull and Wolt.

CodeMiko is interested to become our ambassador and promote digital avatars for streamers to support mental health.

Product:

Alpha version is launched for 10 ambassadors. Testing and iterating to increase engagement and retention metrics.

Web (website + web app) design is ready. Front-end developer is on it.

Recruitment:

  • 2x Animators are recruited.

June 2021:

Polishing up before Beta launch.

Closed semi-automated tests (moderator manually triggers actions on the stream) show us an increase in:

  • chat interaction: Q/As, viewer username mentions, polls - people communicate more frequently in chat
  • more narrative: streamer have more conversation start points because of the previous point
  • automatically generated content: pics from social media from the stream works well as a real-time stream teaser
  • viewers want to take control over Buddy and activate actions
  • viewer consider Buddy as an interactive bot and want to mock him

Web app is 80% ready and could be seen here. Landing page is ready - https://gobuddy.ai

Together with ENCE.gg, we build a brand activation campaign for Wolt (a scandinavian food delivery giant). ENCE pro-players will ask voice commands and Buddy will distribute promo codes and play branded mini-games with viewers.

Recruited 1x Animator and 1x Unity developer (9 full-time/part-time team).

We are hiring:

  • Head of Community: a person who will be responsible for building and leading our community of streamers and players: senior, marketing background from top game tech company, Twitch, Discord, Steam and similar, California based.
  • Head of Revenue: a person who will be responsible for attracting partnerships: senior, entertainment advertising background from Twitch, YouTube, Playstation, EA, Google, eSports teams or similar, California based.