Esports is one of the fastest growing areas in the game sector and more importantly is likely the fastest growing spectator sport in the world now. Esports playing and viewing are very popular hobbies. LVP has been looking closely at esports for a while and learning more about what is happening and why. And in fact, when i specifically would find a potential interesting opportunity then i would ask Jens Hilgers, whom i have known for many years. Jens founded Turtle Entertainment in 2000 and its now the worlds largest esports company and 74% of the company was recently acquired by MTG for 78 million euros.
Earlier this year, Jens reached out and we spoke about about his new startup, DOJO MADNESS. Jens co-founded the company with Markus Fuhrmann, who co-founded Delivery Hero, which is the worlds largest network of online food ordering platforms and was recently valued at $3.1 billion after a recent funding round. The strategy for DOJO MADNESS is to use machine learning and build the best tools for esports gamers to learn and master their favorite hard core games through a combination of online and mobile products.
We spent some time with the team and realised they had the right combination of world class team & technology, warp speed execution and passion to revolutionise esports learning & playing.
We are very excited to have the opportunity to invest in the company alongside DN Capital, March Capital Partners, 500 Startups and the Hive as well as several angel investors including Kristian Segerstrale.
They have launched 2 products so far:
BRUCE.GG is a platform with data-enriched video and coaching features offering sophisticated match analysis, tactical insight and advice as well as all the top scenes from each match a gamer plays. This will enable gamers to get near real-time data and feedback. Currently BRUCE.GG supports Dota2 so if that is one of your favorite games then try it. See below for a Top Plays video example:
DOJO MADNESS is also hiring. See here for current available jobs.