14 Gaming and Esports Investors You Should Know

Published October 21, 2020

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  1. What esports investors look for in esports investments
  2. BITKRAFT Ventures
  3. Play Ventures
  4. Makers Fund
  5. 1Up Ventures
  6. Black Sheep Ventures
  7. CAA Ventures
  8. Dune Ventures
  9. GameFounders
  10. Gamerforce Ventures
  11. Konvoy Ventures
  12. London Venture Partners
  13. Remagine Ventures
  14. SeventySix Capital
  15. Griffin Gaming Partners
  16. Connect with esports investors with Visible

The gaming and esports scene has been on a decade-long rise and is continuing its upward trend. Over the past year, there has been a surge in online gaming engagement due to quarantine isolation. From 2020-2025, GlobeNewswire forecasts a CAGR of 12% with emerging help from the VR/AR industry.

Visible looks to help connect founders with investors all over the world. Below, we highlight 10 of our favorite gaming-focused venture capitalists. Search through these investors and 11,000+ more on Visible’s Connect platform.

What Esports Investors Look for in Esports Investments

At Visible, we oftentimes compare a venture fundraise to a traditional B2B sales and marketing funnel. At the top of the funnel, you are adding new investors, in the middle of your funnel you are taking meetings and updating your potential investors, and at the bottom of your funnel, you are hopefully closing them as new investors.

With a traditional B2B sales and marketing funnel, you need to deeply understand your customers and potential customers — the same should be said for a venture fundraise. By understanding what your potential investors are, you’ll be able to better pitch your business and team for investment. Learn about some key things esports investors look for below:

Growth & Performance

At the end of the day, venture capitalists need to generate returns for their investors (LPs). In order to do this, they need to find companies that have the ability to turn into huge exits. In order to best spot overperformers, investors generally look to strong growth or traction and past performance. This can be used to forecast out the trajectory of the business and the likelihood of generating returns for LPs.

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Strong Team

A startup, especially early-stage startups, are largely driven by their team and leaders. When venture investors are trying to understand a company’s ability to grow into a large company, they will often turn to the team to see if they have the ability and experience to scale a company.

Healthy Financials and Economics

Investors are also looking for a business that is financially healthy and can weather the challenges of building a start-up. At the end of the day, a business eventually needs to generate revenue and profits. While most early-stage businesses might not be profitable yet, they need to demonstrate that they have a business model and acquisition strategy that will allow them to generate revenue and profit.

Related Read: The Startup Metrics Potential Investors Want to See

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BITKRAFT Ventures

Stage: Seed, Series A/B

Investment Location: Global

Key person: Jens Hilgers, Malte Barth, Scott Rupp, and Moritz Baier-Lentz

Gaming investments: Epic Games, Manticore Games, Frost Giant, Anzu, Bit Fry, Carbonated, Koji, Voicemod, etc.

Thesis: Built by founders for founders, BITKRAFT is a global early- and mid-stage investment platform for gaming, esports, and interactive media. We focus on Seed, Series A, and Series B investments in game studios, interactive platforms, and immersive technology.

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Play Ventures

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A

Investment Location: Global

Key persons: Anton Backman, Harris Manninen, Henric Suuronen

Gaming investments: Thirdwave, Azra Games, Fractal

Thesis: We are a global early-stage gaming fund, founded by two gaming entrepreneurs. We invest globally and early into ambitious mobile & PC free-to-play game studios and games services startups that are looking for more than just money.

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Makers Fund

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B

Investment Location: North America

Key persons: Jay Chi, Jiang Li, Lia Zhang, Matthew Ball, Michael Cheung

Gaming investments: Theorycraft Games, Smitten, Xterio

Thesis: We support innovative, ambitious founders. Our fund helps visionary entrepreneurs create their initial foundation and support them as they navigate the waters of early-stage business.

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1Up Ventures

Stage: Seed, Series A

Investment Location: Pacific Northwest

Key persons: Chris Wheaton, Ed Fries

Gaming investments: Lost Lake Games, Drop Fake, Lightforge Games

Thesis: At 1Up Ventures we are building a diverse and inclusive community of the most talented, experienced, and creative independent game developers in the world. We believe that by working together we can help each other be more successful.

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Black Sheep Ventures

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A

Investment Location: Global

Key person: Nolan Bushnell, Ron Bauer

Gaming investments: X2 Games

Thesis: Black Sheep Ventures seeks visionary entrepreneurs who are unflinching in creating new realities for entertainment experiences and human interactions, including in eSports, Gaming, Blockchain Technology and Immersive Experiences and other sectors, where disruptive technology such as Blockchain and visionary creativity can permanently shift the established order.

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CAA Ventures

Stage: Seed, Series A/B

Investment Location: United States, Canada

Key person: Michael Blank

Gaming investments: Streamlabs, Mobcrush, Dapper, & more.

Thesis: CAA Ventures provides value beyond capital to company founders. These companies are largely in the consumer Internet sector with an emphasis on mobile platforms, social media, crowdfunding, online video, publishing, games, and eCommerce.

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Dune Ventures

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A/B

Investment Location: Global with a focus on NYC

Key person: David Brillembourg

Gaming investments: First Light Games, Oooh TV, Kanga

Thesis: Dune Ventures: a new early-stage venture firm investing in gaming, esports, and interactive technology. We invest globally and back founders building content studios, social platforms and infrastructure that will define the next generation of entertainment.

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GameFounders

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed

Investment Location: Global

Key person: Kadri Ugand, Paul Bragiel

Gaming investments: First Light Games, Oooh TV, Kanga

Thesis: GameFounders accelerate teams or companies with two or more persons with launched games/demos/slices from any country in the world.

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Gamerforce Ventures

Stage: Seed, Series A

Investment Location: Global

Key person: Lance Quek

Gaming investments: Resurgence

Thesis: Gamerforce Ventures is one of the first venture capital firms that is set up specifically to create high-value companies in the Esports and Gaming scene. Our partners are successful entrepreneurs and high flying executives coming from diverse backgrounds to help our portfolio companies succeed. We typically invest between seed and Series A, but may come in at later stages should the opportunity arises.

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Konvoy Ventures

Stage: Seed, Series A

Investment Location: Global

Key person: Jason Chapman, Jackson Vaughan, Josh Chapman

Gaming investments: Bunch, GameFam, Hiberworld, Lootcakes, & more.

Thesis: We invest in the infrastructure technology, tools, and platforms of tomorrow’s video gaming industry.

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London Venture Partners

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed

Investment Location: Europe, North America

Key person: David Gardner, David Lau-Kee, Are Mack Growen

Gaming investments: Treehouse Games, Knock Knock, Singularity 6, Coda, & more.

Thesis: LVP is a venture capital seed fund with a difference – we’re operating experts in the games sector, and we only ever invest in the games ecosystem. That means we bring real experience and deep understanding. We speak the same language, share the same references, understand the same challenges – and we believe in the same vision.

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Remagine Ventures

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed

Investment Location: Europe, Israel

Key person: Eze Vidra, Kevin Baxpehler

Gaming investments: Hour One, Syte, Minute Media, & more.

Thesis: We meet and invest in startups early, help them refine product-market fit and introduce them to our strategic partners in order to kick-off collaborations and accelerate time-to-market.

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SeventySix Capital

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A

Investment Location: United States

Key person: Jon Powell, Wayne Kimmel, Chad Stender

Gaming investments: Nerd Street Gamers

Thesis: SeventySix Capital invests in passionate, smart and nice entrepreneurs who are launching game-changing startups in sports tech, esports, and sports betting.

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Griffin Gaming Partners

Stage: All stages

Investment Location: Global

Key persons: Phil Sanderson, Peter Levin, Nick Tuosto

Gaming investments: Forte, Discord, Overwolf

Thesis: Investing at the intersection of content, software, infrastructure, and gaming-related web3 companies.

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