Watch: How to gain funding in esports

BITKRAFT Esports Ventures Founding Partner, Malte Barth, provided an overview of how VCs make investment decisions at Casual Connect London.

Esports is gaining some momentum, as it's expected to break $1 billion in revenue this year (according to Newzoo), but it's still far from a mainstream phenomenon. As with any nascent market, investors are going to be careful and highly selective about where they place their bets. BITKRAFT Esports Ventures is the only esports-exclusive VC fund and it has $140 million set aside to invest. But what does it take for your company to secure investment in the world of esports? What are VCs looking at? BITKRAFT Founding Partner, Malte Barth, spoke at Casual Connect London about this very topic.

Barth noted that there are four key themes when it comes to investing in the esports landscape, and those are generally investments in horizontal tech (live streaming, graphics cards, design software, etc.), platforms (distribution, hosting, and more), all digital e-comm brands, and of course, games. You can watch his full presentation below.

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