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Efuse raises $6 million for ‘LinkedIn for gamers’ platform

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Efuse has raised $6 million for its “LinkedIn for gamers” platform, which helps esports amateurs and gamers find jobs and a sustainable way of life.

The funding came after the Columbus, Ohio-based company signed up more than 500,000 new users to its platform in the past year. Efuse will use the capital to fuel product development and user acquisition and make key hires as it progresses toward profitability in 2021.

“Gamers network, connect, and share differently,” Efuse founder and CEO Matthew Benson told GamesBeat in an email. “They need a place to showcase a highlight reel, connect their credentials to validate ‘rank,’ and chat with their unique meme-heavy shorthand. Also, Efuse is purpose-built to help gamers get discovered so they’re only presented with gaming-specific opportunities, like studio internships or job postings, college scouting events, and pro-team tryouts. You just can’t find that on Reddit or LinkedIn.”

While traditional professionals are comfortable with the formalities of LinkedIn, Benson said gamers communicate differently. They need to showcase themselves in a purpose-driven platform, whether they’re looking to go pro with esports contracts and celebrity-style “partner” streaming agreements or just looking for their next gig.

Above: You can network and connect with other gamers on Efuse.

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Efuse users build a profile, share their passions, broadcast their highlight reel, and engage with over 24,000 scholarships, internships, and job postings in design, game development, business and marketing, and other roles.

Notable investors include NBA player Seth Curry (Philadelphia 76ers) and NFL players Denzel Ward (Cleveland Browns), Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys), and Chase Winovich (New England Patriots). Today’s round follows the startup’s initial $2.3 million funding in November 2019, which the Ohio Innovation Fund also led.

Benson said “gamers seeking a lucrative contract can count on Efuse to help them get discovered — but gaming is much bigger than just going pro. Studios need game designers, developers need 3D modelers, distributors need business executives. Efuse is the place for players to bond over their passion for gaming and get discovered because of it.”

Benson also said Efuse doesn’t have any dedicated gaming rivals. He added that Efuse has built a two-sided marketplace that allows esports organizations, coaches, and studios to actively find the talent they’re looking for instead of just hoping they show up.

“The gaming industry is a noisy mess,” he said. “How does a gamer from Small Town USA pique the attention of a big-time scout? Or, in reverse, how does a commuter college find its next leader for [its] casual club team? It just doesn’t happen, and that means fortunes are left unrealized, friendships are never forged, and memories are never made. That’s not OK — we’re here to fix the talent discovery and diversity problem in gaming.”

The company was founded in 2018 and has 22 employees.

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Oddin joins ESIC as anti-corruption supporter

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Esports live-odds provider Oddin has joined the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) in a bid to help combat corruption and match-fixing within the esports betting domain. 

As a result of the announcement, Oddin has become an anti-corruption supporter for ESIC. This means the provider will assist ESIC when investigating suspicious betting activity, whilst also supporting the commission’s larger goal to combat cheating and betting fraud in the esports industry. 

Credit: ESIC

RELATED: Oddin receives funding from strategic investor group

Ian Smith, ESIC Commissioner, spoke on the announcement in a release: ‘’We are happy to welcome Oddin into our global anti-fraud network. It is very important for us that key esports betting provider such as Oddin becomes a member. They will help us fight match-fixing practices over the multiple jurisdictions they operate in. We look forward to having long-term cooperation with them.’’ 

Oddin is a Czech Republic-based B2B provider of esports odds feed, risk management and iFrame solutions. According to a release, the company focuses on delivering an ‘engaging esports experience with industry-leading uptime and number of live markets’ by leveraging advanced technologies, data science and machine learning algorithms.

RELATED: ExeedMe becomes latest ESIC member

Marek Suchar, Head of Partnerships at Oddin, added: “We are very happy to become a member of ESIC. Given the vast growth of the esports industry, we consider this membership of utmost importance since it will give us more trustworthiness and durability to the online gaming industry. 

“We are ready to take advantage of the benefits this collaboration will bring us to all aspects, and we are absolutely looking forward to it.” 

ESIC’s roster of anti-corruption supporters features a growing number of well-known esports bookmakers. This includes Cyber.Bet, Midnite, Parimatch, Betway, Rivalry, Sky Bet and Unikrn, among others. 

Esports Insider says: Oddin has recently strengthened its position in the esports space through funding from a strategic investor group,  partnering with BetX to introduce a new esports solution, and expanding to the LATAM market. Becoming a member of ESIC is a statement of transparency and fair approach, therefore it’s a great next step for the company. 

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Oddin joins ESIC as anti-corruption supporter

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Esports live-odds provider Oddin has joined the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) in a bid to help combat corruption and match-fixing within the esports betting domain. 

As a result of the announcement, Oddin has become an anti-corruption supporter for ESIC. This means the provider will assist ESIC when investigating suspicious betting activity, whilst also supporting the commission’s larger goal to combat cheating and betting fraud in the esports industry. 

Credit: ESIC

RELATED: Oddin receives funding from strategic investor group

Ian Smith, ESIC Commissioner, spoke on the announcement in a release: ‘’We are happy to welcome Oddin into our global anti-fraud network. It is very important for us that key esports betting provider such as Oddin becomes a member. They will help us fight match-fixing practices over the multiple jurisdictions they operate in. We look forward to having long-term cooperation with them.’’ 

Oddin is a Czech Republic-based B2B provider of esports odds feed, risk management and iFrame solutions. According to a release, the company focuses on delivering an ‘engaging esports experience with industry-leading uptime and number of live markets’ by leveraging advanced technologies, data science and machine learning algorithms.

RELATED: ExeedMe becomes latest ESIC member

Marek Suchar, Head of Partnerships at Oddin, added: “We are very happy to become a member of ESIC. Given the vast growth of the esports industry, we consider this membership of utmost importance since it will give us more trustworthiness and durability to the online gaming industry. 

“We are ready to take advantage of the benefits this collaboration will bring us to all aspects, and we are absolutely looking forward to it.” 

ESIC’s roster of anti-corruption supporters features a growing number of well-known esports bookmakers. This includes Cyber.Bet, Midnite, Parimatch, Betway, Rivalry, Sky Bet and Unikrn, among others. 

Esports Insider says: Oddin has recently strengthened its position in the esports space through funding from a strategic investor group,  partnering with BetX to introduce a new esports solution, and expanding to the LATAM market. Becoming a member of ESIC is a statement of transparency and fair approach, therefore it’s a great next step for the company. 

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Atlanta Reign announces HyperX as peripherals partner

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Overwatch League (OWL) franchise Atlanta Reign has announced a partnership with gaming peripherals company HyperX.

The deal will see the company become Atlanta Reign’s exclusive peripherals partner, with HyperX providing a range of gaming accessories to the franchise’s players and coaching staff.

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RELATED: A guide to: Overwatch League sponsors, past and present

This is Atlanta Reign’s fourth announced partner. Hyper X joins the likes of McDonald’s, telecommunications company Cox Communications, and gaming furniture manufacturer RESPAWN Products.

Paul Hamilton, President and CEO of the Atlanta Reign, spoke on the partnership in a release: “We’re very excited to be partnering with HyperX for the 2021 Overwatch League season. HyperX understands the needs of our players and staff which is why we’re thrilled to welcome them to the Reign family.”

RELATED: HyperX extends partnerships with Knights and NECC

2021 has already been a busy year for HyperX. The company has inked multiple partnerships with esports entities, such as Virtus.pro and esports education company Esposure. The brand has also secured several sponsorship deals with the likes of tournament organiser FACEIT.

Kitty Nguyen, Esports Sponsorship Specialist at HyperX, also commented on the deal: “HyperX is thrilled to join forces and partner with the Atlanta Reign, equipping them with best in class gaming peripherals, players will showcase and demonstrate how HyperX products are tuned with the gamer in mind. We’re excited to see what the Atlanta Reign can accomplish and look forward to collaborating with them for the 2021 Overwatch Season.”

Esports Insider says: Peripheral partnerships are nothing out of the ordinary in esports but the deal will be beneficial for both parties involved. For Atlanta Reign, securing the peripherals company as a partner is another solid addition to its commercial portfolio. For HyperX, the deal sees the firm establish yet another partnership with an esports entity.

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Atlanta Reign announces HyperX as peripherals partner

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Overwatch League (OWL) franchise Atlanta Reign has announced a partnership with gaming peripherals company HyperX.

The deal will see the company become Atlanta Reign’s exclusive peripherals partner, with HyperX providing a range of gaming accessories to the franchise’s players and coaching staff.

Atlanta Reign x HyperX
Image credit: Atlanta Reign

RELATED: A guide to: Overwatch League sponsors, past and present

This is Atlanta Reign’s fourth announced partner. Hyper X joins the likes of McDonald’s, telecommunications company Cox Communications, and gaming furniture manufacturer RESPAWN Products.

Paul Hamilton, President and CEO of the Atlanta Reign, spoke on the partnership in a release: “We’re very excited to be partnering with HyperX for the 2021 Overwatch League season. HyperX understands the needs of our players and staff which is why we’re thrilled to welcome them to the Reign family.”

RELATED: HyperX extends partnerships with Knights and NECC

2021 has already been a busy year for HyperX. The company has inked multiple partnerships with esports entities, such as Virtus.pro and esports education company Esposure. The brand has also secured several sponsorship deals with the likes of tournament organiser FACEIT.

Kitty Nguyen, Esports Sponsorship Specialist at HyperX, also commented on the deal: “HyperX is thrilled to join forces and partner with the Atlanta Reign, equipping them with best in class gaming peripherals, players will showcase and demonstrate how HyperX products are tuned with the gamer in mind. We’re excited to see what the Atlanta Reign can accomplish and look forward to collaborating with them for the 2021 Overwatch Season.”

Esports Insider says: Peripheral partnerships are nothing out of the ordinary in esports but the deal will be beneficial for both parties involved. For Atlanta Reign, securing the peripherals company as a partner is another solid addition to its commercial portfolio. For HyperX, the deal sees the firm establish yet another partnership with an esports entity.

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