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The makers of CryptoKitties unveil swanky new 21,000-square-foot Mount Pleasant HQ (PHOTOS)

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Cecilia Lu May 22, 2019 11:25 am 267

Axiom Zen, one of the biggest blockchain successes to come out of Vancouver, has moved to a massive 21,000-square-foot office on Great Northern Way.

Joining other companies flocking to Mount Pleasant’s emerging tech hub, the expansive office includes an outdoor patio, a library, a “Zen” room for yoga and relaxation, and two kitchens loaded with free snacks — all day, every day.

The bright and airy office features potted plants every few steps, with numerous breakout areas for collaboration. An eye-catching mural by local artist Tierney Milne dominates the library entrance, incorporating elements of the company’s numerous brands.

It’s not a startup without the perks, from bi-weekly visits with a registered massage therapist to individual garden plots for green thumbs, on the building’s rooftop green space. There’s even a secret passage within the library, in the form of a bookshelf that opens into the office’s second kitchen.

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Axiom Zen is growing fast, with over 100 employees working among the different portfolio companies, which include ZenHub and Dapper Labs.

The latter is the creator of CryptoKitties, and marks no small part of the company’s success and scale. Within two short years, the idea of “putting cats on the blockchain” has grown to over 1.5 million digital cats.

And before you write off the trend as the second coming of tamagotchi, there’s some serious cash at play. The biggest individual CryptoKitty sale to date was 600 ether (equivalent of US $172,625.79, at time of sale).

Since the cats are collectible and bred for unique qualities, the rarest have now sold for over six figures each. And yes, some have fantastic names like “Celestial Cyber Dimension,” which went for a cool US $140,000 last spring.

Closing a round of Series A funding in late 2018, Axiom Zen shows no signs of slowing down. Dapper Lab’s next game has already been announced, and it’s called Cheeze Wizards: “the world’s first blockchain battle royale with cheese.”

Image: Axiom Zen / Grady Mitchell

Image: Axiom Zen / Grady Mitchell

Image: Axiom Zen / Grady Mitchell

Image: Axiom Zen / Grady Mitchell

Image: Axiom Zen / Grady Mitchell

Image: Axiom Zen / Grady Mitchell

Image: Axiom Zen / Grady Mitchell

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