MiHoYo is best known as the studio behind the absurdly successful Genshin Impact, the free-to-play open-world RPG that generates billions of dollars a year. But MiHoYo has another goal: Science.
As Pandaily reports, MiHoYo is a major investor in Energy Singularity, a startup dedicated to exploring commercialized fusion technology. Founded by a team of experts from the world’s top universities, the company was able to raise $63 million in its first round of funding. Other investors include NIO Capital, Sequoia China Seed Fund and BlueRun Ventures.
Energy Singularity is working on a tokamak reactor – a device that uses powerful magnets to confine plasma particles to achieve fusion. The Tokamak reactor has been around for decades, but recent advances in fusion technology have raised hopes that a commercial reactor will soon be possible.
Commercial fusion will have profound implications for the world’s energy consumption, harnessing the power of the sun to efficiently provide limitless clean energy. As we have said, a giant reactor called the ITER, or International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, is being built in France, with the goal of achieving the state of plasma combustion that is so important to sustainable fusion.
To give you an idea of how powerful these reactors are, ITER’s Central Solenoid – its strongest magnet yet – can actually lift an American aircraft carrier out of the ocean.
“Tech Otakus Save the World”
So why is MiHoYo suddenly so interested in fusion energy? It is incorporated into the company’s motto: “Tech Otakus Save the World.” This characteristic has spurred investment in projects such as brain-computer interface as well as a great interest in the Metaverse.
No wonder MiHoYo is interested in science because of its origins. It was founded by Cai Haoyu, Liu Wei and Luo Yuhao. With little interest in making more money – MiHoYo recently turned down a sizable investment from Tencent – the studio has directed its profits elsewhere.
Meanwhile, MiHoYo continues to have great success with Genshin Impact. Earlier this month, Genshin Impact released version 2.5, which features a new playable character, Yae Miko. We’ve also nominated it as one of the best ongoing games of 2021.
For more science, check out this story about an artificial individual species created from human heart cells, as well as NASA’s plans for the International Space Station after it retires next year. 2030.
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Kat Bailey is Senior News Editor at IGN
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