Tier One Entertainment, the gaming and esports entertainment pioneer and leader in Southeast Asia, has raised an undisclosed amount of financing on its recent Pre-series A round.
The Pre-series A round was led by Gobi Partners through its Gobi-Core Philippine Fund, a joint-venture fund with Core Capital. In addition, Warner Music Group joins the round as part of their strategic investments in the region. Warner Music Group Corp. is an American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate that is considered is one of the “big three” recording companies worldwide. Meanwhile, Gobi Partners is one of the longest-standing venture capital firms with a Pan-Asian presence across North Asia, South Asia, and ASEAN, with over US$1.2 billion in assets under management (AUM).
Octava, a Singapore-based family office, KAYAC Inc, a Japan-based internet company, and Tier One Entertainment’s early stage investor, Atlas Ventures have contributed to this round.
Started as a professional talent agency, Singapore-registered Tier One Entertainment is now the largest gaming and esports entertainment provider in Southeast Asia, housing 420 talents with a cumulative reach of 100.9 Million on Facebook, 23.5 Million on Youtube, 11.8 Million on Instagram, and 9.1 Million on Tiktok.
The infusion of finance will power Tier One Entertainment, currently operational in Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines, to set up local operations in other Asian countries.
The proceeds of the financing will be specifically utilized to hire back-end teams that will further support their talents, expand their esports operations in Blacklist International, Tier One’s Esports team, and set-up their first content creation hub in the Philippines.
“The gaming industry is going through a golden age and this funding will help accelerate our growth by allowing us to replicate our success in other markets. In just a few years of operations, we’ve found a winning formula in esports and gaming by developing a robust business model around top tier content creation and authentic distribution. We firmly believe that we are an Asian behemoth in the making and now that we have more support from established venture capital firms around the globe, Tier One Entertainment is now poised for explosive growth,” Tryke Gutierrez, Founder, and CEO, Tier One Entertainment, said.
Tier One Entertainment was founded in 2017 by esports veteran Tryke Gutierrez, cosplay and gaming superstar Alodia Gosiengfiao and seasoned entrepreneur Brian Lim. Together, they sought to revolutionize Southeast Asia’s esports landscape, bringing their expertise in creating winning formulas to turn their talents into gaming superstars.
“We have come a long way since our first business meeting at my home in 2017. With the growth of mobile gaming, streaming and esports as an avenue for youth entertainment, we came up with the foresight to develop and house these talents by building our very own YG Entertainment of gaming. We are truly grateful for our new backers for believing in our vision that we can take this company to the next level,” Alodia Gosiengfiao, Co-founder, Tier One Entertainment, said
The company has locked in top talents in the Philippines, Myanmar, and Malaysia to date. As COVID-19 accelerated gaming and esports’ interest, they plan to take advantage of this growth by acquiring more up-and-coming talents in other markets.
“Tier One showed their resilience and agility through their meteoric rise in the industry. Not only did the team understand the complex space of esports and entertainment, Tier One continues to thrive by expanding its footprint across the region. We’re excited to have Tier One join our portfolio of startups under the Gobi-Core Philippine Fund”, Carlo Delantar, Partner, Core Capital, noted.
The esports company is also backed up by Bitkraft Ventures and Atlas Ventures during its seeding round and has clients such as Foodpanda, Unilever, Riot games, Samsung, Smart communications among others under its business portfolio. The company positions itself as capital efficient and generating multimillion in annual revenues.
Dubai Racing Club Opts for TPD’s Horse Tracking Solution
Total Performance Data, the world’s leading horse racing live data provider, has announced today that Dubai Racing Club is a new client.
Following successful live trials at last Spring’s Super Saturday and Dubai World Cup meetings, Dubai Racing Club has signed a multi-year deal to use TPD’s services beginning with the new season at Meydan Racecourse on Friday 10 November. This extends TPD’s content footprint in the fast-growing Middle Eastern horseracing scene where both of Saudi Arabia’s racecourses are already live.
TPD will produce live and post-race timing stats for every horse as well as live running order graphics for the world’s biggest set of on course screens, including the new 4k big screen.
Will Duff Gordon, CEO of TPD, commented: “We are very excited to be further enriching the wonderful racing that takes place at Meydan and look forward to a successful partnership. I’d like to thank our engineering partners at Gmax for so rapidly delivering the live service back in March.”
Mohammed Riaz, Head of IT for Dubai Racing Club, said: “When Trakus ceased trading we were impressed with the speed of set up and quality of output when Gmax and TPD met our needs for the climax of last season. We are excited to use this content on our new 4k big screen as well as for our international audience.”
The new season at Meydan Racecourse begins on Friday, November 10th and concludes with the $30.5million Dubai World Cup meeting on Saturday, March 30th.
Niko Partners ‘India Games Market’ Report – India retains title as Asia’s fastest-growing video games market in 2023
- Meteoric rise in revenue: Niko Partners projects India video games revenue across all platforms to reach $868 million in 2023, up 21.2% YoY. India’s video game market is the fastest growing by gamers and revenue, which is forecast to reach $1.6 billion by 2027, growing at a 5-year CAGR of 17.2%. The report excludes revenue generated from Real Money Games.
- Player base keeps on expanding: The number of gamers in India across all platforms is forecast to reach 444 million in 2023, up 12.1% YoY, and reach 641.2 million in 2027, growing at a 5-year CAGR of 10.1%.
- Dominance of mobile gaming: India is a mobile-first market with 96.8% of total gamers playing on a smartphone or tablet.
- Game-spending is on an upward trajectory: 31% of the 444.4 million gamers will spend on video games in 2023, with annual ARPPU reaching $6.38.
- Esports continues to gain momentum: 71.8% of the total gamers have engaged with Esports by either playing an Esports game, watching or participating in an Esports tournament.
- Encouraging factors in terms of revenue growth and brand investment: The return of BGMI and Free Fire are positive signs for the industry and foreign game companies looking to enter the market.
PAGCOR Taps Development Academy of the Philippines for Reorganization Push
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) today announced another major move towards the privatization of its casinos by partnering with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in facilitating its reorganization process.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for PAGCOR, Alejandro Tengco (pictured), said it tapped DAP’s technical assistance to comply with the requirements of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) in the implementation of its Compensation and Position Classification System or CPCS needed prior to privatization.
“We thank the Development Academy of the Philippines for being a prime mover of competency building in government,” Tengco said. “We need its help to comply with the (documentary) requirements of the GCG and in our efforts to eventually implement the CPCS that our employees have been eagerly waiting for.”
Tengco made the remarks after he and DAP President and Chief Executive Officer Atty Engelbert Caronan Jr signed the memorandum of agreement for PAGCOR’s reorganization at the New Coast Hotel in Manila last September 12.
PAGCOR Human Resource and Development Group Vice-President Angelito Domingo and DAP Mindanao Vice-President Dr Mark Lemuel Garcia also signed the agreement.
Tengco said he also wants to engage DAP in the facilitation and conduct of trainings for PAGCOR officers and employees to enhance their skills and competencies.
For his part, Caronan expressed gratitude to PAGCOR for believing in DAP’s capability to help implement organizational changes that would be beneficial to the state gaming firm’s workforce.
“We would like to thank PAGCOR for its trust and confidence in this partnership,” Caronan said. “We are ready to provide the necessary technical services to make the agency GCG-compliant and help it carry out its reorganization efforts.”
The DAP is a government-owned and controlled corporation mandated to assist agencies and local government units in their development efforts by acting as a change catalyst and as capacity builder. It helps facilitate the shaping of new government policies, crafting development programs and modernizing the management structure of government agencies and private enterprises alike.
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