What are esports investors, gamers, game-makers and sponsors spending their time thinking about with respect to esports right now?
I wanted to answer that question during my time at SXSW Gaming and GDC during the last two weeks. Below, are my thoughts on key takeaways based on conversations with various industry leaders at these events. Continue Reading
As a new VC, I often ponder the investment theses that drive other, more established investors. I look at their clear focus, specific direction, and well-articulated investment goals with a bit of envy. I’m not sure how other investors were able to develop their strategies. However, I wanted to share my thoughts on why Deep Space Ventures has thus far primarily focused where we have. We are a seed and series-A investor and we started out with a B2B focus (which we still have) and we have recently started building a portfolio, and a thesis around the Esports space as well. If you’re a founder in one of these spaces with a seed stage business, then we want to meet you.
As previously discussed in The Birth of a Venture Capital Investment Thesis, we are passionate about investing in early stage esports startups.
When I tell people about this focus area (family, friends, other investors, etc.), I usually get a pretty tight shot-group of questions about esports. Often the questions are accompanied by a look that conveys what I call “nerd shaming.” You know that look, when people feel sorry for you because you are just not cool – oh wait, maybe you don’t.
Video games aren’t just for nerds in their parents’ basements. These competitions often take place in arenas such as the one shown here, full of 50,000+ fans, just like a professional sports event you may be more familiar with already. Continue Reading
As I’ve written about before in The Birth of a Venture Capital Investment Thesis and Why Invest in Esports, the Esports market is huge, has intense user engagement and is growing at an astronomical rate. There is great potential for incredible founders, with excellent ideas, to build businesses that generate outsized returns for early-stage investors in the space.