GRID Esports, the provider of data solutions for the esports and gaming industry, is announcing the completion of a $10m Series A round of funding.
The round includes prominent investors in the gaming, iGaming and tech industry: the industry leaders behind Alinea Capital, Bumble Ventures, Tar Heel Capital Pathfinder, as well as NFL Pro Bowl Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
The three year old company has made a significant impact on the esports and gaming ecosystem providing the technical capabilities for tournament organizers and game publishers to unlock the engagement and monetization potential of their official in-game data.
Data as an asset and the value of data reliant use cases have proven to be a critical part of traditional sports business. Emulating similar dynamics that overcome esports and gaming specific data challenges has the potential to bring immense value and sustained growth to the industry’s ecosystem.
“2020 proved to be a massive growth year in the gaming and esports industry and for our company. We saw wide adoption of our technology across the most renowned players in the ecosystem, and with it, our coverage of esports events and roster of clients grew exponentially,” says Moritz Mauer, CEO and Founder of GRID. “We are in a unique position to leverage technology to standardize esports data by embracing the digital nature of the sport and do so in alignment with rights holders in the space such as game publishers and tournament operators.”
The Berlin-based tech company launched its data platform in 2018 during the FACEIT London CSGO Major and quickly expanded its foothold securing partnerships from other major tournament organizers like FLASHPOINT and WePlay. Within three years the company’s tech infrastructure supported all major esports titles and was integrated by a significant majority of top tier tournament organisers.
“We are impressed by the early success of Moritz and his team, already establishing GRID as the esports data market leader,” Says William Hatle, Portfolio Manager and Partner of Alinea Capital. “We believe GRID’s unmatched esports knowledge and intense focus on delivering top service to its partners and clients is the reason for their success and will continue to be so in the future.”