The 10+ Best Gaming VCs Investing in 2024

Angelina Graumann

As we advance into a technologically-driven future, gaming has evolved beyond mere entertainment. It converges art, technology, and commerce.

For founders in the gaming industry, understanding the intricacies of current technological advancements, especially in AI, is not just beneficial—it’s crucial.


AI’s transformative impact promises to shape the very fabric of gaming experiences, ensuring that they remain dynamic, engaging, and continuously evolving

The investment landscape for gaming in 2023 is still very strong. Key trends spurring VC interest in gaming include:

  • The rise of mobile gaming: Mobile gaming is the fastest-growing segment of the gaming market. In 2021, mobile gaming accounted for 52% of the global gaming market, and this number is expected to grow to 60% by 2026. This growth is being driven by the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets, as well as the development of new mobile gaming platforms like Apple Arcade and Google Stadia.

“Revenue in the Mobile Games market is projected to reach US$286bn in 2023. Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2023-2027) of 7.08%, resulting in a projected market volume of US$377bn by 2027. The average revenue per user (ARPU) in the Mobile Games market is projected to amount to US$148.80 in 2023.” Statista

  • The increasing popularity of esports: Esports is a competitive video gaming industry that has seen significant growth in recent years, driven by the increasing popularity of live-streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube, as well as the growing number of professional esports leagues and tournaments.

Statista Report:

  • Revenue in the Esports market is projected to reach US$3.75bn in 2023.
  • Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2023-2027) of 9.54%, resulting in a projected market volume of US$5.40bn by 2027.
  • The largest market is Esports Betting with a market volume of US$2.13bn in 2023.
  • With a projected market volume of US$871.00m in 2023, most revenue is generated in the United States.
  • In the Esports market, the number of users is expected to amount to 720.8m users by 2027.
  • User penetration will be 7.5% in 2023 and is expected to hit 9.1% by 2027.
  • The average revenue per user (ARPU) is expected to amount to US$6.47.
  • The development of new technologies: New technologies like AI, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) are also driving investment in the gaming industry. These technologies have the potential to create new and immersive gaming experiences that have never been possible before.

Gaming Now and In The Future

Gaming is a massive market that will only continue growing. The growth is easy to see: In 2019, the global gaming market was $152 billion. By 2021, it reached $214 billion and is on track to generate over $300 billion in 2026. Bigger than all other forms of entertainment.NFX

The gaming industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, with a market size of over $200 billion. The industry’s future will be heavily influenced by advancements in AI, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). These technologies are shaping immersive gaming experiences and will continue to hold a significant role. However, the real game-changer will be the effective application of AI technologies.

The five key areas where AI is having an impact on gaming: generative agents, personalization, AI storytelling, dynamic worlds, and AI copilots. By harnessing AI, games can become “neverending”, maintaining their appeal indefinitely through personalized experiences, AI storytelling, and dynamic, evolving worlds.

The rise of social elements in games, powered by AI copilots and intelligent chat functions,.will drive engagement and longevity in the player base, heralding the future of social gaming

Business Implications of AI in Gaming

AI’s integration into the sector offers a transformative experience not just for players but also for gaming businesses. From enhancing player engagement to providing advanced monetization avenues, AI is in fact game-changing.

Monetization Models Enhanced by AI

  • Optimized In-Game Purchases: AI can monitor player behavior and preferences, offering real-time personalized suggestions for in-game purchases. For instance, if a player frequently struggles at a specific game level, AI might suggest a power-up or equipment purchase that can assist them. This not only increases potential sales but also enhances the gaming experience for the player.
  • Dynamic Subscription Models: Instead of a one-size-fits-all subscription model, AI enables gaming platforms to offer tailored subscription packages. By analyzing a player’s gaming habits, frequency, and genre preferences, AI can suggest a subscription model that offers the best value, encouraging higher subscription rates.
  • Smarter Advertisements: AI’s predictive analysis can forecast when a player is most likely to be receptive to advertisements, thereby reducing ad fatigue and increasing click-through rates. Furthermore, AI can customize ad content based on player preferences, ensuring higher engagement and conversion.

Market Analysis and Forecasting

  • Predicting Market Trends: AI can analyze vast amounts of data from forums, social media, and other platforms to spot emerging trends. By identifying what players are discussing or showing increased interest in, developers can prioritize certain game features, genres, or mechanics that are gaining traction.
  • Player Retention Forecasting: AI can predict when players are likely to stop playing, allowing developers to introduce timely interventions, whether it’s through in-game events, updates, or other engagement tactics. This leads to increased player longevity and, consequently, higher lifetime value.
  • Adjusting Game Development Strategies: By monitoring real-time feedback and player behavior within a game, AI can help developers understand which aspects of the game are most loved or which areas need improvement. This feedback loop can be invaluable, especially during beta testing, ensuring that the final product is better aligned with market demands.

AI for Game Design & Player Experience

The infusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the gaming industry is not merely about adding smarter enemies or more realistic visuals. At its core, AI has the potential to revolutionize how games are designed and how players experience them. The intricate dance between game mechanics and player response is more sophisticated than ever, thanks to AI. Let’s dive deep into its multifaceted impact.

AI Integration in Game Design

  • AI in Procedural Content Generation: No longer are game worlds static or bounded by the limitations of manual design. With AI, games can generate levels, terrains, and even entire universes on-the-fly. This not only ensures each gameplay is fresh but also vastly enhances the replayability of games. Imagine embarking on a new adventure each time you play, with unpredictable terrains and challenges.
  • AI in Game Testing: Quality assurance in gaming is paramount. However, with expansive game worlds and intricate mechanics, manual testing can be labor-intensive and might not cover all potential scenarios. Enter AI bots, which can simulate countless hours of gameplay, identifying glitches, and ensuring a seamless player experience.
  • Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment (DDA): One-size-fits-all is a passé concept in modern gaming. AI can continuously monitor a player’s performance and adapt the game’s difficulty in real-time. This ensures that games remain engaging and challenging but stop short of being overly frustrating. It’s about striking the right balance to keep players invested.

AI in Player Experience

  • Player Behavior Analysis: Each player is unique, and AI recognizes that. By studying patterns, preferences, and behaviors, AI can modify game environments or suggest personalized paths, ensuring an immersive experience tailored for each gamer.
  • Customized Game Narratives: Story-driven games have always been popular, but what if the narrative changed based on every choice you made? AI can weave intricate storylines that diverge and converge based on player decisions, ensuring that each gameplay tells a distinct tale. Your choices matter more than ever, and the narrative payoff is genuinely your own.
  • AI in Multiplayer: The multiplayer realm benefits immensely from AI. Beyond crafting smarter Non-Player Characters (NPCs) that challenge even the most seasoned gamers, AI can step in when human players drop out, ensuring the game continues without a hitch. This seamless blend of AI and human intelligence creates dynamic multiplayer arenas that are unpredictable and exhilarating.

Incorporating AI into game design and player experience has shown it’s not about replacing the human touch but enhancing it. It’s about crafting expansive, responsive, and deeply personal gaming worlds where every player feels seen, challenged, and, most importantly, immersed.

Gaming Essentials to Include in Your Pitch Deck

Overview of Your Game:

  • Type/Category
  • Supported Devices
  • Revenue models, Key Performance Metrics (if known)
  • Current progress stage
  • Primary technology (like game engine)
  • Consider incorporating a demo video, early versions, or visual snapshots.

General Info:

  • Brief game concept overview (1-2 sections)
  • Titles that inspire you
  • Fundamental gameplay elements
  • Intended player demographic
  • Game universe/background

(Divide this into 2 or 3 slides for clarity)

Distinguishing Features / Selling Points:

  • What makes your game unique from competitors?
  • Why players will be drawn to it
  • Basic gameplay and overarching game narrative
  • Primary game cycle
  • Secondary game narratives
  • Highlighted characteristics

(Organize this info across 2-3 slides for visual appeal)

Monetization Strategy:

  • Free or Paid model?
  • Plan for in-game purchases, advertisements, or both? Types of in-game offerings envisioned? If it’s a paid model, potential pricing?

Artistic Direction:

  • Showcase visual inspirations, preliminary designs, prototypes, animated sequences.

(Recommendation: Integrate visuals from the actual game not just here, but throughout the presentation for consistency and immersion)

Projected Development Journey and Funding Needs:

  • Duration of current production time?
  • Anticipated project milestones?
  • Financial projections and needs?
  • Beneficial to include: Visual representation of the development journey, manpower allocation, and post-release content strategy.


  • Your base location?
  • Team size and roles?
  • Competencies and strengths?
  • Any previous successful launches?
  • Your overarching mission and goals?

Resources & Good Reads


VC Firms Investing in Gaming Companies

Wonder Ventures

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Wonder Ventures
Santa Monica, California, United States
Pre-Seed, Seed
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About: Wonder Ventures invests in entrepreneurs who build the world’s most innovative technology companies.

Thesis: Our mission is to invest earlier than anyone in Southern California’s best founders.


Lumikai logo
Pre-Seed, Seed
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About: We are India’s first gaming & interactive entertainment venture fund. We catalyse game-changing, early stage founders building the future of gaming and interactive media.

Thesis: We are curating and supporting a select tribe of India’s most forward thinking, creative and talented founders. Our vision is to find and fund game-changing early stage founders with a bold vision for the future and to help them achieve outlier success. We bring decades of sector strategic experience and knowledge, while leveraging our all-star local and global networks to help propel our founders to success.

Kakao Ventures

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Kakao Ventures
Seongnam, Kyonggi-do, South Korea
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C
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About: Kakao Ventures (circa 2012 as K Cube Ventures, rebranded in 2017) is the most active seed stage VC in Korea, with over 190 portfolios and AUM of $300M (330B KRW) as of date. Kakao Ventures believes in harnessing the power of startups to change our world. Our mission statement is to be the backers of smart entrepreneurs who set their courses, in the form of startups armed with competitive edge, to solve real-world problems. Hence we hold entrepreneurs in the highest regard, and leads us to our raison d’être – making the world a better place for talented people to continuously make an impact to the world around theirs.

Serena Capital

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Serena Capital
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Seed, Series A, Series B
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About: Serena Capital caters to technology companies with seed, early, and later stage venture investments. Investment strategy: We handpick on average four to five teams per year and focus on helping them reach their maximum potential. We are not looking for early exits. We back Europe-based entrepreneurs willing to build continental or worldwide category leaders. We strongly prefer to lead or co-lead rounds.

Thesis: Serena was founded by entrepreneurs on the belief that your VC should work for you and not the way around. We are not industry-specific as long as your business model is scalable and your product is digital. We have a special affection for DeepTech, enterprise software, marketplaces, and entertainment.


BITKRAFT Ventures logo
Los Angeles, California, United States
Seed, Series A, Series B
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About: 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.

Sweetspot check size: $ 3M

Traction metrics requirements: No hard requirements; preference for second-time or serial entrepreneurs

Thesis: Vision of Synthetic Reality (—the increasing convergence of the physical and digital worlds


WndrCo logo
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth
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About: WndrCo is a holding company that invests in, acquires, develops, and operates consumer technology businesses for the long term.

Andover Ventures

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Andover Ventures
United States
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A
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About: Andover is a venture fund investing in early stage software-enabled start-ups ranging from Pre-seed to Series A. We are sector agnostic; however, our team has a background in software development and financial technology. We make co-investments alongside larger funds, angel groups, and other family offices.

Aura Ventures

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Aura Ventures
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Seed, Series A, Series B
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About: We are an early stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in ambitious entrepreneurs to define and dominate a new generation of commerce.

Velo Partners

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Velo Partners
London, England, United Kingdom
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A
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About: Velo Partners invests and manages a portfolio spanning the global gaming and gambling industry across mobile, online, land-based, real-money, social, B2B, and B2C assets.

Thesis: Velo typically invests in Series A or early growth stage rounds. Our ideal investment candidates demonstrate strong early traction and a clear understanding of their unit economics and growth trajectory. We also work in association with a gaming accelerator called RNG FOUNDRY for earlier stage investment opportunities. Once invested, we typically follow our rights for later investment rounds and work with management to define good corporate governance and reporting. We will opportunistically evaluate later stage investments on an ad-hoc basis.

Hiro Capital

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Hiro Capital
Seed, Series A, Series B
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About: Hiro Capital invests in UK, European and North American innovators in Videogames, Esports, Streaming and Digital Sports. We invest in Metaverse technology founders and Game creators who are building the future. We believe that Games and Games technologies will be at the heart of next generation human societies. For us, play is deep. We are battle-scarred entrepreneurs who back next generation entrepreneurs. We have founded games and technology disruptors worth billions of dollars. We have led companies from startups to IPO in London and New York. We are gamers and sports nerds. We love games, stories, characters and deep tech.

Thesis: We Invest in the innovators building the future of Games, Esports, Digital Sports

Griffin Gaming Partners

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Griffin Gaming Partners
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C, Growth
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About: Griffin Gaming Partners is a leading venture capital firm singularly focused on investing in the global gaming market. We are founder-friendly, care deeply for our industry and bring decades of investment, advisory and operational experience.

Andreessen Horowitz / a16z

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Andreessen Horowitz/ a16z
Menlo Park, California, United States
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth
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About: Andreessen Horowitz was established in June 2009 by entrepreneurs and engineers Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, based on their vision for a new, modern VC firm designed to support today’s entrepreneurs. Andreessen and Horowitz have a track record of investing in, building and scaling highly successful businesses.

Sweetspot check size: $ 25M

Thesis: Historically, new models of computing have tended to emerge every 10–15 years: mainframes in the 60s, PCs in the late 70s, the internet in the early 90s, and smartphones in the late 2000s. Each computing model enabled new classes of applications that built on the unique strengths of the platform. For example, smartphones were the first truly personal computers with built-in sensors like GPS and high-resolution cameras. Applications like Instagram, Snapchat, and Uber/Lyft took advantage of these unique capabilities and are now used by billions of people.

Makers Fund

About: A venture capital fund created to support founders, combining deep industry experience with multi-stage investment across Seed to Series B.

March Capital Partners

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March Capital
Santa Monica, California, United States
Series B, Series C, Growth
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About: March Capital Partners invest in breakthrough technology companies in Silicon Beach, Silicon Valley, and the world.

Thesis: March Capital is a top-tier venture capital & growth equity firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California and investing globally since 2014. We identify entrepreneurs with a provocative vision to lead the future and later-stage companies poised for hyper-growth, then dare to go all in by leading rounds with deep conviction and concentration risk.


Northzone logo
Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
Seed, Growth
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About: We’re a multi-stage venture capital fund partnering with founders from Seed to Growth. Across Europe and the US.

Bessemer Venture Partners

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Bessemer Venture Partners
San Francisco, California, United States
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth
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About: Bessemer Venture Partners is the world’s most experienced early-stage venture capital firm. With a portfolio of more than 200 companies, Bessemer helps visionary entrepreneurs lay strong foundations to create companies that matter, and supports them through every stage of their growth. The firm has backed more than 120 IPOs, including Shopify, Yelp, LinkedIn, Skype, LifeLock, Twilio, SendGrid, DocuSign, Fiverr, Wix, and MindBody. Bessemer’s 16 investing partners operate from offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Israel, and India. Follow @BessemerVP and learn more at

Sweetspot check size: $ 15M


Atomico logo
London, England, United Kingdom
Series A, Series B, Series C
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About: Atomico is a risk capital group. They are entrepreneurs with global perspectives who invest their own capital in passionate entrepreneurs with powerful ideas. Through their experience building Skype, Joost and Kazaa, they understand the value of game-changing business models and have created a worldwide ecosystem to help accelerate the growth of the companies in which they invest.

The Games Fund

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The Games Fund
Los Angeles, California, United States
Pre-Seed, Seed
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About: TGF is an early-stage VC fund founded by video game industry veterans.

We invest in future leaders: game developers, gaming technologies, and services.

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