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Black, women-owned gaming company in Medford makes history with new venture capital funding

MEDFORD, Ore – A local woman is making history after raising more than $1 million in venture capital funding for her gaming company that launched two years ago.

Jessica Murrey is CEO and co-founder of Wicked Saints Studios in Medford. The company, which launched in 2020, makes games focused on “behavioral technology”.

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On Monday, Murrey shared that she raised around $1.1 million in pre-seed funding through several different companies. Murrey noted that there are less than 100 female black business founders who have raised this much, and she’s proud the company is now on that list.

“It was definitely difficult and there were times when I had trouble getting into the room,” Murrey told NBC5 of the struggles she faced getting there. “Once I walked into the room, I had a hard time getting people to take me seriously or call me back.”

The project that received the funding is called “World Reborn”. Murrey said it was the world’s first adventure activism game. It aims to empower the younger generation through joint activism. The app will also allow users to focus on their mental health and other healthy practices.

“It’s about how to tackle the problem, not the person,” Murrey said. “On the app, young people can choose a mission to complete in real life that will help them change the community for the better.”

Although the road to securing the funding was difficult, Murrey sees this milestone as an inspiration to the next generation of pioneering women in business.

“You think about young women who will follow and so I think there’s that added pressure,” Murrey said. “So we knew we had to knock that out of the park.

“Not just for others to look up to see that we’ve done it and it’s possible, but also to pave the way for it to become a normal thing as well.”

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