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Smash.gg raises $11M for eSports event platform

The eSports-focused tournament organization platform has raised $11 million from the likes of Spark Capital, Accel, and Horizion Ventures.

Alissa McAloon, Publisher

August 2, 2017

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The eSports-facing platform Smash.gg has raised $11 million from the likes of Spark Capital, Accel, and Horizon Ventures in a recently concluded round of Series A funding.

The platform aims to draw more players and viewers into the eSports scene by making tournament organization less of a daunting task and lower the barrier of entry for those looking to become professional eSports contenders.

Currently, Smash.gg supports as many as 2,000 events a month for games like Street Fighter V, Marvel vs Capcom, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros by handling payments, fundraising, and other organizational tasks.

“eSports shares almost nothing in common with [professional sports], there are dozens of games, each rising and falling every year, and each sport can have multiple leagues, with players switching teams at whim,” said Spark Capital partner Nabell Hyatt. “It’s a different ecosystem, more like a network than a media property. And we are excited to be partnering with Smash.gg to continue building the network-enabling infrastructure for eSports.”

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Alissa McAloon

Publisher, GameDeveloper.com

As the Publisher of Game Developer, Alissa McAloon brings a decade of experience in the video game industry and media. When not working in the world of B2B game journalism, Alissa enjoys spending her time in the worlds of immersive sandbox games or dabbling in the occasional TTRPG.

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