Gaming Battle Ground (GBG), a new local eSports platform has placed the South African gaming scene under the international investment spotlight in front of the world’s top tech investors and set to profit from the billion dollar , eSports industry.
Pitching to investors at the EIG Expo Startup Launch Pad in Berlin, Germany, GBG was the only South African gaming startup to make it into the top five of the competition, beating out hundreds of other hopefuls for the opportunity to deliver a seven minute pitch to the gaming world’s top experts and investors. While not the overall winner, GBG was the top eSports contender in the competition.
Led by panel chair Melissa Blau, Director of iGaming Capital, the judging panel of the competition consisted of Jon Bradford, the ex-MD of Techstars, Mark Blandford of Burlywood Capital, Evan Hoff of Velo Partners, Carla Maree Vella, CEO of Optimizer Invest, Chris North of GamCrowd and Ewa Bakun of Clarion Events. Hoff was particularly impressed with the startup and told the audience that GBG was a great investment.
In South Africa and globally more than 70% of the gaming market are millenials between the ages of 18 and 30, who spend a large portion of their disposable income on bandwidth, hardware, software and internet-enabled devices.
GBG has its own messaging platform, crypto-currency and national leaderboards – to empower the local gaming community to bring more amateur gamers into the professional leagues and ultimately help legitimise the growing eSports market in SA.