This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best eSports startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the eSports industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
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Top eSports Startups
Athlane is an intelligent marketplace for a new esports league. Athlane has also built out a Shop tool that lets streamers build out a no-code storefront for their fans, which they can link to on their Twitch, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
This storefront can be a repository for all the products that streamer is endorsing, allowing fans to see products from multiple brands in a single place.. .
Vindex is the preeminent esports infrastructure platform. Founded by Mike Sepso and Sundance DiGiovanni, co-founders of Major League Gaming and early esports pioneers, and Bryan Binder and Jason Garmise, successful fintech entrepreneurs and private investors.
The company provides technology and services that power the richest experiences in esports and help the world’s leading game publishers, esports leagues and teams deliver deeply engaging experiences to fans around the world.. .
FanUp is the most interactive sports and esports gaming app (iOS), letting fans and friends compete for cash and the coolest brand prizes; with challenge-based contests, influencers, and engaging content that personalizes every fan’s experience. We’re leading a seismic shift in sports and culture with social gaming experiences to attract every type of fan – especially young professionals.
OUR GOAL: Grow the $23b U.S. sports/esports gaming market and the $2.5b market in India.
OUR MANTRA: Fans and innovation first, always. OUR VISION: Fads are ephemeral; we want to be a household brand and name for young professionals, changing the way they consume and engage with sports and esports.
We want to alter the calculus of how fans experience gaming by introducing proven social-tech, multiplayer features, and personalized content. There’s an incredible opportunity to create an experience that helps to both satiate this ever-growing demand and further stokes fans competitive flames through innovation..
NAG Studios is a Sweden-based gaming startup that gives competitive gaming and esports its Superbowl format. Founded by games industry veteran Peter Stahl (ex-DICE & Resolution Games) and esports expert Johan Skott (ex-Tobii, Survivors Esports, Co-Op.gg), NAG is dedicated to creating competitive games and streaming platforms for players, broadcasters, and spectating audiences, all with the community integrated into the team.
The company was founded in 2020 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.. .
Riot Squad Esports is a professional esports organization building the next generation of future professional esports for gamers. It maintains teams in CS:GO, Fortnite, Rainbow Six: Siege, Apex Legends, and PUBG, and also has a two-person “Twitch Squad.
They believe in putting their players first, competing at the highest level, and never compromising their values. Riot Squad Esports was founded in March 2019 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL, USA..
Blocksport is a Swiss Sports Tech specialized in digital identities, collectibles, market place as well as ecosystem solutions. We provide Esport and Sports clubs, streamers, influencers, federations, and leagues with their branded and exclusive white-label mobile app.
Our B2B SaaS license model starts from 99€/month and is ready to roll out in 30 days.. .
EsportsLAB provides the most advanced and comprehensive esports performance analytic platform to date. We achieve this through the integration of many data sources: in-game behaviors, wearable devices, interface usage patterns, cognitive test performance, momentary ecological assessments, mental and physical health measurements.
We combine over five years of academic research in areas of cognitive science and artificial intelligence with knowledge of esports professional players, analysts, coaches, and managers.. .
Skibre (www.skibre.com) is a social and mobile-based competitive Multiplayer Mobile Esports platform that hosts skill-based casual Mobile Gaming Tournaments for players across genres like arcade, puzzle, action, strategy, quiz, AR/VR and more. Skibre helps amateur mobile gamers compete professionally on its platform and get recognized for their talent, earn prizes, and become famous.
Leveraging Amazon’s cloud-based technology architecture and robust payments platform, Skibre can host millions of real-time casual esports tournaments securely daily for mobile players worldwide and distribute prizes in cash and in kind. Skibre partners with local and international game developers by enabling social competition in their games and hosting it on Skibre’s super app available on Android & IOS..
ARENA connects streamers with their fans to play together, provides smart brand integrations and co-operates with game publishers. With ARENA streamers generate engaging content, make extra income and drive viewership by playing with their fans LIVE on streams.
Streamers can challenge each other, gather teams and make mini tournaments using ARENA toolkit. To book a place in a streamer’s game fans can go to ARENA website or use ‘game request’ widget on streams..
Kronte Gaming Analytics
Kronte is a Professional Network for the eSports. We base our technology in Big Data, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and AI.
Focusing always on the metrics and the data that the Gamers have in every game they play, we can predict talent, create dashboards, and connect them with Amateur Teams, Professional Teams, Coaches, Events & Tournaments Managers, and Companies that want to invest in the eSports Industry. We offer different solutions as Talent Predictions, High-Performance Gamers, Automatic Tournament Results, Scouting, and much more.
Through all of this, we aim to become into a Leading Platform, giving a professional background to this fast-growing Industry. Our value proposal is the following: we are one single platform for all the profiles; we are Data-Centric, working for making the Gamer´s Data their best CV; and we discover talent, aspiring to become one of the largest pool of players globally.
What makes us different from all the other platforms is that Kronte is a brand. We help gamers to become the best version of themselves through data analytics and proven methods, always supported by long-experience professionals and people who really knows and understand the industry..
Amuka Esports creates local esports hubs in cities across North America. Each hub consists of an esports venue, tournament organizer, content team and incubator all rolled into one complete ecosystem.
We are finishing our flagship hub in Toronto and looking to expand to new markets.. .
Twire is a statistics platform helping esports competition organizers enrich their streams to get the attention of viewers and level up. Esports competition organizers need to attract a lot of viewers in order to get sponsors.
Twire was founded in 2019 and is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.. .
We are creating a real economy, centred around gamers, by gamers, for gamers. GeeGee’s focus is on the monetization of gaming and the gamification of money.
The platform will be a web-based subscription service that connects and monetizes all users’ and content across all social media and content hosting platforms. We aim to offer an alternative solution to the current industry models..
Esportz Entertainment Corp
Esportz Entertainment Corp. is a Digital First Fan Centric Global Esports Media Company.
Operating under the name of Esportz Network, the company is the Number 1 esports news agency in the world with over 85 professional freelance reporters, photographers and Videographers active on our news and entertainment platform. Content is delivered through a proprietary EsportzNetwork.com web-based platform along with Reuters as the Global partner for esports, news, photos, video, and podcasting.
Key Features of Esportz Network Platform: • Itemized news and information of major esports games: teams, matches, & player pages • Integration with Reuters Connect, Reuters Global distribution for over 3,000 news outlets • Esportz Network virtual tournaments which can be fully branded for sponsor participation. • An entire operating system for hiring, incentivizing and managing freelance reporters, photographers, and videographers for approvals, story processing, and payments.
• Mobile Responsive – display for all devices and screen sizes – Mobile app in process • Designed from the ground up for multiple languages • Freemium model for both the casual and dedicated gamers • 24/7/365 Streaming to a global audience across multiple games • Leading Podcasting and integration with traditional media for esports reporting EsportzNetwork.com also features a Cosplay section with a rapidly growing number of cosplayers from around the world. Esportz Entertainment Corp.
holds a California Talent Agency license to provide representation for Cosplayers and Influencers. In November 2019, the company launched www.esportsIMG.com as a dedicated stock esports photo subscription site serving advertising agencies, social media managers, website builders, and other content creators looking for a fresh supply of professional esports photography.
In 2020, the site will add hundreds of esports photos and esports videos. The EsportzNetwork website works with global esports and mobile gaming companies along with national advertisers to offer ad placement on the esportznetwork.com website which currently receives over 1.5 Million views per week..
Organization.GG helps vetted gamers and streamers to boost income and grow the audience by offering online shared Experiences to their fans. Through Experiences Pros offer interactive activities such as Play with a Pro, Show matches, Challenges, Coaching sessions, Personalized Greetings, Raid and Host requests on Twitch, etc.
Pros are boosting their income and grow the audience by utilizing OrganizationGG’s automated infrastructure that includes payments, scheduling, game servers, and stats.. .
Wiser | Sponsorship Measurement
Social Media Post Valuations: Determine the value of your sponsored posts on social media. Wiser measures all types of ads including product placement, branded content, hotels, fashion, and apparel.
Influencer Benchmarking: Track influencer campaigns across social media. Identify which influencers generate the most impressions, engagements, and sponsorship value for your brand.
Sports Measurement: Discover the most valuable physical and digital locations to promote your partnerships across teams, leagues, and stadiums. We perform social media, broadcast TV, and streaming valuations to help maximize your sponsorship ROI.
Digital Studio Partnerships: We help digital studios and content creators integrate brand partnerships across their different media channels and platforms. www.lovewiser.com.
Splits.io is how speedrunners improve through data. It gives a split-by-split analysis of individual runs, viewed through a lens of all runs.
On Splits.io, speedrunners share more than their time — they share their entire history of attempts, successful or not, and get feedback on how to improve long-term through statistics and comparisons with themselves and other runners in their weight class. The company was founded in 2019 and based in Seattle, Washington..
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We are currently looking for investors. Please view our current overview at https://studiowayfinder.com/StudioWayfinderOverview.pdfWayfinder Studios, Inc is a new Game Development Studio looking to redefine the MOBA genre.
We are developing from the ground up a new online MOBA that will be deployed PC first, Mobile and Console second.. .
Insights is an esports coaching platform designed to provide users a deeper understanding of their gaming performance. Insights helps professional gamers and enthusiasts alike collaborate on their gameplay while enhancing the user experience through quick uploads, annotations, distribution of analysis, and more.
Insights was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.. .
Streamers are offline for 12+ hours a day and any additional time offline like taking a couple days off or going on vacation can directly impact their revenue potential. In short, anytime away from streaming is money lost.
It causes a drop in viewership and engagement which leads to a decrease in subscriptions, donations and bit cheers from twitch followers. It can also lead to a drop in advertising revenue from twitch, weaker results for their sponsors, and decreased merchandise and affiliate sales.
Our team has developed a platform that enables streamers to host their own gaming tournaments for their fans and viewers to play in. We’re making it easy for streamers to find sponsors for their events by automatically providing them with a list of companies willing to sponsor the event and give away prizes like merchandise, digital experiences (for example, playing with the streamer during their stream), free trials, and much more.
Our mission is to make esports competitions available to all gamers and we’re working with streamers to make that happen. Now, anyone can compete in tournaments with games like Fortnite, League of Legends, PUBG, and CS:GO..
Got it App
Hi friends. I am Armen founder of Got it App.
Mental guide for 8.5 million US student-athletes. The App helps them overcome mental problems in Sports & Life in COVID & post-COVID time Pitch Deck: https://rb.gy/x2qyzk Our round open in September.
Happy to work with you & jump on a call to discuss this further on this week. I am Silicon Valley now (US Pacific time).
FEEDBACK: – from Early adapters (3 min video): youtu.be/e2MJD_ETHPk – from Business experts (3 pages): shorturl.at/bmzH3 Got it App allows athletes to act as their OWN MENTAL COACH through: 1) Q&A-ALGORITHM allows users distancing themselves, that they normally get from third party 2) POP-UP HINTS guiding users Ask and Answer effectively 3) WITH ACCESS to the App anytime with full privacy & knowledge own situation better than any professional or service NCAA Research about the problem we solve: shorturl.at/cenqT Who is investing in Mental Health startups & Why: https://medium.com/what-if-ventures/top-100-mental-health-startup-investors-a66b8cc18fce. .
Indie Esports League
The Indie Esports League is an exciting new opportunity for indie developers and gamers of all levels seeking a place and reward in esports. The IEL provides the first true multi-game league system allowing users of any level to compete in, create, manage and monetize leagues for games they love.
Our technology puts users in control of the future of competitive gaming – indie esports. The Indie Esports League has developed proprietary API technology to create, manage and monetize esports leagues for any game on any platform.
We provide infrastructure and tools to transform access and scaleability of esports for all gamers and developers globally. As gamers and entrepreneurs we have strategically positioned the IEL to provide long term sustainable growth for all in esports.
The Indie Esports League is an innovative player generated / player directed league system. Leagues performing at higher levels are fostered into a ‘Premier League’ model for scaleability and higher revenue generation.
We designed the IEL to be a fully inclusive platform for casual gamers to the pro-esports athletes and developers of tomorrow. Giving all a real opportunity to rise and succeed..
Bobble Sports is a fan-driven technology company that enables sports leagues and broadcasters to elicit, capture, and analyze authentic fan reactions in real-time from anywhere in the world. We use artificial intelligence (AI) to convert physical and emotional fan reactions into high-quality, clean, and customizable audio streams, which can be mixed into venues and live broadcast streams.
The value to the fan is their ability to remotely participate in the game and have their reactions be an actual part of the game, providing a fun and shared experience with their friends, family, and fellow fans. The value to teams, leagues, and broadcasters is increased fan engagement, renewed traffic to their apps, and incentives to re-engage and maintain subscribers and season ticket holders.
Our proprietary technology enables us to learn and predict how fans react to their favorite teams and events, so we can ensure that their reactions are synced up with a live broadcast even if there is significant broadcast latency.. .
Pole Position is a fully intergraded professional automotive events agency that loves to get creative, with its primary aim to bring together cars, people and motorsports events. For manufactures and car dealers Pole Position is the go-to agency for creative new activation ideas and a single source for turnkey automotive event management and delivery.
In 2020 the world has seen some big changes and we have adapted by offering B2C services for racing simulator rental and sales through its online shop as well as other equipment and services to expand our portfolio. Now Pole Position represents eight leading brands in the sim racing arena, which enable us to offer turnkey solution with the affordable components to build custom racing rigs so that all you have to do is sit back and start your online racing career!.
kaikoo is an All-In-One software made 100% for esports coaches. Our platform is based in three main pilars: · A real time tracker where you are able to see all your teammate’s stats.
· A dashboard where you are able to send tasks to your players and see how they are completing then automatically by synchronization with the API. · A calendar where you will be able to schedule trainings, talks and official matches.
· A video analyst tool where all the team will be able to see synchronously. The platform is also ready to do automated coaching for lonely players with the data collected of all worldwide games played.
A player without a coach is able to use kaikoo and improve his performance with the tasks proposed by the platform.. .
Award Pool is an automated end-to-end esports management system Get the tools! All the tools you need to build and manage a tournament. Define the rules, prizes and schedule then use the Event Dashboard for details, awards, tickets and settings.
Lastly, take advantage of the Financial Dashboard to handle the participants, payments and taxes.. .
Stream-Aid is a new monetization platform for live streaming. We help content creators develop sustainable careers in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries by offering them better tools and fairer financial terms.
We’ve created the first “one stop shop” platform with a full suite of monetization tools for streamers. Other platforms typically give audiences one method to engage or interact with their favorite streamers.
We offer seven. Our tools are specifically designed to create more frequent and deeper interactions between streamers and their audiences.
By giving audiences more than just one way to interact with their favorite streamers, we avoid the Law of Diminishing Returns (and the Law of Diminishing Donations).. .
Hyncha is a free platform for users (and SaaS for teams) where sports fans can connect, play and participate in decisions of their teams. It provides a fully gamified and entertaining experiencie with trivias, predictions, minigames, challenges between users, chats and prizes for the bests in ranking.
In alliance with teams Hyncha posts different polls where fans can vote and decide what the team will do in several topics. Sports teams don’t offer an entertaining experience in their apps/websites, they are boring because they just offer information (scores, news).
Plus, teams are suffering one of the worst financial crisis in their lifetime due to the COVID-19 post pandemic (no live events) so they urgently need to find new ways of monetizing their fans. Plus, fans has changed and they are no longer passive, they want to be part of the action, they want to have a truly interactive and entertainment experience.
So the #1 mission of Hyncha: Help teams to better monetize their fan base while providing a full fledge entertainment experience. Hyncha has its own app where fans can play and participate in different polls (not biding) and also offers a while label solution that it is integratable to the app/web of teams where polls are biding and clubs can offer different custom experience to their fans..
Reality Rift (RR) is a gaming & esports startup company based in Singapore and established by two founders with the background in strategy consulting and investment banking (both passionate gamers & esports enthusiasts). RR business model is focused on bringing online and offline worlds together through two main lines of business: 1.
Building and operating gaming and esports arenas – a place for gamers and esports enthusiasts to play, compete and watch together. Arenas are designed to become a “temple of gaming” and act as a community gathering point.
Despite huge popularity of gaming, gamers have very limited number of high-quality places where they can spend their time in offline world. All other major entertainment industries have such places.
Running own esports teams with the key focus on achieving results. Founders are using their experience in professional sports, solid corporate background and passion for gaming to utilize the most advanced ways of training teams..
Forte is building economic technology for games. Its platform enables the emergence of community economics, a system where the interests of game developers and players are aligned, leading to healthier, sustainable game communities.
The team is composed of longtime industry members (Unity, ngmoco, Riot Games, Electronic Arts, Sony, and Rockstar Games, among others), and is currently working with over 20 acclaimed game developers from across the industry to reimagine the economics of games. www.forte.io.
Gampeon.com – Redefining the way we play and share gaming! Creating an all-encompassing Gaming Network. We are passionate gamers who want to bring the gaming community together in an all-encompassing social Media Gaming Platform.
We love the interactions, friendships, and competition that gaming has brought us. We feel gaming has evolved massively over the years with sharing gameplay over platforms like YouTube and Twitch.
Local tournaments have evolved into huge Esports events. We feel the gaming space is in dire need of a dedicated Social Gaming Network.
We are building the Gaming Network with all the features we as gamers could ever dream of. We make it possible that gamers from all over the world come together to play, compete, and share all their favorite gaming moments.
Create their own clans with our clan designer and compete together with their dream teams in tournaments and play placement matches against other clans in our ladder system. Game Publishers, influencers, and content creators can customize their presence on our website and can integrate their own merch store into our marketplace.
We have integrated analytic tools to help influencers and content creators analyze their performance and gamers to improve their gameplay. Check out all our features here: https://about.gampeon.com/gampeon/.
Game Transactionz is one of Europe’s first solution that transforms any mobile game into an eSports platform. It is redefining the mobile game industry by creating a win-win scenario for both players and game publishers.
By distributing the underlying mechanics, game developers benefit from the best monetization method in the gaming industry and enable competitive tournaments in their game for small stakes. This while players enjoy playing their favorite skill-driven games in a competitive environment.
With a free and easy to integrate SDK, games can make use of eSports monetization in a copy of their original game. This way they keep their original monetization methods and will generate an additional revenue stream with head-to-head competition which increases their engagement, retention and ARPDAU.
Game Transactionz provides a complete customizable UI, takes care of tournament management, payment and withdrawal methods, fair player matching, but also fraud & cheat prevention and game skill-determining algorithms. If you have a mobile game and are curious to tap into the emerging eSports industry, Game Transactionz is your best partner..
Disruptive Innovation in the eSport industry! Online and offline selling platform for B2C and B2B customer eSports accessories and services in Seattle, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, New York, Macau, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Manila, Orlando, and Tokyo. Built on the basis of ESPORTs BOX – automated sales points ( autonomous stores) for various customer groups.
Prices from 35 to 60 percent lower than in traditional sales channels (retail chains, specialty stores, online stores). Start in winter 2020.
Hitting the road for creating Premium content for esports fans, eSports360 aims to present the latest news of esports, special contents for gamers and games alike, hardware news and esports-oriented product reviews. Also in future, eSports360 is keeping the stakes up high by staying firm on the goal of providing exclusive contents from many unique actors throughout the esports scene who are well-known to have contributed immensely, primarily in League of Legends, PUBG and CS:GO.
In future, the ultimate target is raising the bar with various categories of contents following the aforementioned items. Exclusive articles, guides, hardware suggestions for esports fans and many more categories of content will be presented with the community in a regular fashion..
Stalwart Esports is a professional Esports organization, headquartered in India. The organization has scaled up in a very short time to become the most successful Esports organization in the country.
With a vision to boost Esports ecosystem and to uplift talents, Stalwart Esports has structured teams in PUBGM, FreeFire, CODM, Clash Royale, PES. Stalwart Esports became one among india’s premier esports organisation in a short span of time, this organisation focused on uplifting and curating gamers from india and participating in competitive gaming, he later moved overseas by introducing and collaborating with gamers from south asian countries) After massive success of Stalwart Esports he started Stalwart Events(An Esports Event management organisation which focused on hosting esports/competitive gaming tournaments in india and globally).
We create the next generation of online events Pipereye allows content organisers to raise the experience of online concerts to the next level. Our technology allows artists to activate their global fan base, allowing each viewer to interact with their favourite artists in real-time.
Viewers can also interact with each other and participate in global fan activities. This allows artists to attract a global audience which is much larger than even the biggest of world tours.
For the concert organizers, we provide a set of tools that allow concert organisers to create interactive shows with full immersive experience for the audience. Our show format allows viewers to interact with the artist in real-time, affect the show and participate in challenges on the global scale.
Viewers can be part of the online audience visible to the artists. Viewers can applause, sing-along and affect the lighting of the stage as if they were right in the front row.
Each viewer can choose between several vantage points, allowing to watch lead singer, his band or the audience at any time during the show. Performances can be organised in unique locations such as roof-tops, libraries, small theatres, beach and have millions of people watching the show, offering them a novel and exciting experience..
Fast Circles LLC
FAST CIRCLES, LLC was established in 2019 to create compelling marketing material and content for use in the recreation, health and wellness industries, featuring the company’s in-house elite cycling team EVOQ.BIKE p/b Enshored. The team will begin e-racing in Winter of 2019 on Zwift, and then compete in a full complement of gravel races, gran fondos and select other National level events in 2020.
The company will be engaging with marketing and content clients by the 2nd quarter of 2020.. .
“Eden Gaming” is a multiplatform with 5 different services for gamers and companies, all services are available with 1 account. In “Eden Gaming” you can find all services you need in an unique place with 1 account.
“Eden gaming” is provided with a latest generation native database made by our company.. .