Legendary Play raises $4M for esports-themed cell video games for followers



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Legendary Play introduced it has secured $4 million in funding for its newest venture: A sequence of cell video games for esports followers. It has already produced its first title, Rivals, and it goals to make extra.

Bitkraft Ventures and MTG led the spherical, with participation from 1Up Ventures and Stage Up. Legendary Play has additionally partnered with ESL to make digital variations of the latter’s esports occasions and maintain the video games feeling genuine. It additionally plans so as to add acquainted esports groups, athletes, and influencers to all of its video games.

Rivals Esports MOBA Supervisor, Legendary Play’s current cell title, is at present out there on Google Play and the App Retailer. The developer plans to make additional video games, to recreate the complete esports expertise. Its subsequent sport is a co-op RPG about being an esports professional.

Roman Frank, Legendary Play CEO, mentioned in a press release, “By 2026, there shall be 970 million esports followers worldwide, and 70% of these followers play cell video games. We’re creating cell titles that present a method for engaged followers to dwell their ardour in a extra informal setting. Whereas we’ve began with supervisor video games, our long-term imaginative and prescient is to roll out a various portfolio of esport-themed video games together with informal video games, role-playing video games, and story journey video games.”

Jens Hilgers, Bitkraft’s founding basic accomplice, added, “By growing cell video games that handle all the viewers of esports followers worldwide, Legendary Play is tapping right into a passionate but underserved market. The staff has laid a robust basis with the success of RIVALS and I’m excited to see them deliver their further video games within the pipeline to life as they proceed to cater to the wants of esports followers.”

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