India’s leading Esports gaming platform Gamerji has raised $ 1.1 million in a Pre-Series A round led by Unicorn India Ventures.
The round also saw participation from Stadia Ventures, the Urmin Group family office, and existing investors.
Gamerji plans to use the fresh funds to enhance tournament organization technology, build social features for the gamers & and expand to MENA and Southeast Asia.
Founded in 2019 by gaming expert and serial entrepreneur Soham Thacker, GamerJi is India’s leading Esports tournament platform where users can play tournaments of their favorite games, host matches, communicate, share content & win prizes. Headquartered in Ahmedabad, the company has consolidated procedures such as registrations, player management, and payments, making it a one-stop platform for Esports tournaments.
An increasing number of young video gamers view competitive gaming as a career opportunity, rather than just a recreational activity. Today, gamers need platforms that can provide them with competitive exposure to help in their Esports journey and hone their skills. Gamerji believes in bridging the gap between amateur to professional level gamers through their tournaments.
Gamerji is currently serving 2.3 Million gamers from India and has conducted more than 29K tournaments to date. Since the seed round in Dec 2020, Gamerji has increased its user base by 3X and is conducting more than 200 tournaments every day for more than 15 titles.
The company plans to be the first step for all aspiring gamers to start their Esports journey by organizing tournaments and plans to gain more than 5 Million users from India, while also expanding its tournament services in MENA & SEA in 2022.
Speaking on the investment in a gaming platform, Bhaskar Majumdar, Managing Partner, Unicorn India Ventures said, “The gaming industry in India is finally coming of age as the government is setting up the AVGC hub in Bangalore and against the backdrop of metaverse and Web 3.0. ESports is growing the fastest within the overall gaming market. Gamerji has demonstrated this thesis well given their growth numbers. We continue to share the vision of the company and back them as they look to expand to other international geographies.”
Commenting on the funding, Soham Thacker, Founder & CEO of Gamerji, said, “At Gamerji, we strive to provide gamers with a platform to begin their Esports journey by participating in daily competitive tournaments, building their stats & stand a chance to make a mark in the gaming world. Esports is still at a very early stage in India and there is a lot of talent that needs to be explored. Gamerji intends to be a platform of choice where gamers can showcase their skills, build their stats & grow the community. We are glad to receive constant support from Unicorn India Ventures along with our other investors”
“In the past 12 months, we have added 1.7 Million users, conducted 21k+ tournaments, launched tournaments IPs in Gamerji Community Challenge & College Gaming league. We will use the fresh funds to improve our product experience with innovations in technology and upgrade the infrastructure to serve the next set of 7 to 8 million users along with expanding the platform to other strategic territories,” Valley Patel, CTO, Gamerji added.