Former Echo Fox owner and NBA Champion Rick Fox is doubling down on the game industry, announcing his new video game company HiDef Inc. with co-founders Jace Hall and social impact expert Dr. David Washington.
The group secured $7.5 million in a Series A round led by Wick Capital Partners and has now raised more than $9 million with the new funds allows HiDef to ramp up development of its flagship video game, described as “a genre-defining metaverse that places users of all ages at the creative center of its daily programming.” George Toulson from Wick Capital Partners will join HiDef’s Board of Directors.
“Our mission at HiDef is to make games that have a meaningful impact on people’s lives,” said CEO Anthony Castoro. “We know that for many, games are part of their lifestyle and culture. We create games as-a-service that are designed to allow people to creatively express themselves and connect with one another in ways no other form of entertainment can.
We feel that we have a responsibility to make sure that what we build is not only fun and engaging, but also has a positive impact on communities across the globe.”
Rick Fox has remained active in the gaming space, but in a comparatively quieter context than he was during Echo Fox's era in North America's League of Legends Championship Series. Since Echo Fox's desolvation, Fox has co-founded esports organization Twin Galaxies and launched the gg Podcast. Both ventures, like HiDef, involve Hall, who served as Echo Fox's CEO for the majority of the organization's existence.
Fox and Hall's clashes over racist remarks with Echo Fox ownership led to the eventual end of the Echo Fox organization, but HiDef Inc falls right in line with Fox's passion for community-led competitive gaming and development at all levels in every facet of gaming and esports.