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Banksy sale funds Manchester mobile gaming world

A signed artwork by the elusive artist, Banksy, has helped support a Manchester games studio.

Mark Wools, the founder and Creative Director of VisaVenus sold Girl with Ballon for £425k.

“When I purchased ‘Girl with Balloon’ for £150 back in 2012, I was drawn to its profound message of hope. As much as I deeply cherished the painting, the opportunity to contribute its value to something as innovative, purpose-driven and meaningful as VistaVenus felt right,” explained Wools.

“Selling it for £425,000 (a record-breaking amount for its signed edition at time of sale) to fund a game that promotes inclusivity, creativity, discovery, balance and positive progression, is a decision that aligns with my values, and I believe Banksy’s too! Art has the power to inspire and transform, and I’m excited to see how VistaVenus will touch the lives of young players around the world.”

VistaVenus is an open-world multiplayer mobile game offering an immersive, safely-social, story-led experience that promises to “ethically engage younger gamers.” 

Wools said the sale would not only solidify VistaVenus’s financial footing but also “complements the entire company and brand ethos.” 

The cash will be used to further develop the game.

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