Gankster, an all-in-one competitive gaming platform, announced a $4.25 million seed round co-led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Hetz Ventures with Overwolf and Samsung Next participation. The round was also joined by prominent angel investors, including Doron Nir, President and Founder of StreamElements; Doron Kagan, Founder of Gameplay Galaxy; and Daniel Burns, Partner at Oakvale Capital.
The capital will be used to attract top talent, expand to additional games, fund competitions, and support grassroots and online gaming communities.
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Gankster directly connects to the games it is operating in using a dedicated API that allows for real-time data extraction and automates actions between the platform and the game itself. Currently, the competitive network operates across multiple top titles including League of Legends, Valorant, Rocket League and Dota 2, and plans to add support for mobile and battle royale games.
Uri Marchand, CEO and Co-Founder of Overwolf said “I’m excited to see this team of five lifelong friends and gamers continue to make the competitive gaming scene more accessible by defining and organizing ways to improve outside and inside the game.”
Gankster was built by a group of competitive gamers and lifelong friends, who came up with the idea during the first COVID-19 quarantine in Israel, and has been steadily growing over 20% MoM with zero spend on marketing.