Edinburgh AI firm hires tech veteran as COO


Kythera AI has appointed tech industry veteran Michael Boniface as COO – and secured £750,000 in funding.

The Edinburgh-headquartered company provides software tools for the creative industries, specializing in ‘middleware’ for 3D game engines.

The seed investment comes from Techstart Ventures and is expected to help the company grow, with ambitions to be a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) technology for video games and adjacent industries.

Boniface brings more than 15 years of experience, including serving as chief executive of games company Reloaded Productions and vice president of technology and operations at JP Morgan Chase.

In 2016, he set up Chinese gaming giant Skymoon’s first Western Hemisphere studio in Edinburgh, before negotiating its sale to a US publisher.

He joined Aberdeen-based private and public sector economic development body ONE CodeBase in 2018 as a director and is also a member of the Scottish AI Leadership Circle, which provides advice on the implementation of AI strategy. of the Scottish government.

Matthew Jack, Managing Director of Kythera, said, “Kythera AI has seen rapid customer adoption over the past couple of years, with game studios increasingly relying on AI middleware to deliver unique gaming experience.

“With the addition of Michael to the team and the experience and support of Techstart Ventures, we are well positioned to continue to push the boundaries of AI in the creative industries and provide our clients with the best tools to create engaging and immersive experiences.”

Boniface added, “Having known the Kythera AI team for some time, I have witnessed first hand how their technology puts the ability to create rich and engaging gaming experiences in the hands of designers and developers of all levels.

“It’s an exciting time to join the organization and I look forward to contributing to the growth of the company and the team to help maximize our success.”

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