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Strafe, the leading companion app and social betting game for esports fans closes a $3 million seed round led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures

George Miller



Strafe, the leading companion app and social betting game for esports fans closes a $3 million seed round led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures
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Strafe’s experienced executive team includes leaders behind King’s popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga


Strafe, the world’s leading companion app for esports fans, announced today it has raised $3 million in seed funding, led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures. Designed as an easily accessible central hub for esports enthusiasts, Strafe enables users to completely customize their in-app experience based on personal preferences. Users can stay up to date with their favorite teams and players through real-time updates, view the widest tournament coverage while on the go, compete against other users in a social betting game, and access deep statistics before, during and after matches. Strafe will use this funding to focus on additional user acquisition and to expand its development team to enhance product features and scale its platform to reach more esports fans.

“We are extremely excited to welcome BITKRAFT Esports Ventures as an investor in Strafe,” said Einar Ahlström, CEO and Co-Founder of Strafe. “BITKRAFT is the leading esports VC in the world and they bring much more than just capital to the table. They are deeply connected with all main entities within the esports community and will help propel our business as we execute on our game plan going forward.”

Strafe has one of the world’s biggest esports databases with live coverage of 58,000 matches, 12,000 professional players, 2,600 teams, eight different esports titles and users across 150 countries. The app aggregates and curates esports news and data and gives users the ability to customize the app according to their personal interests. Strafe has also developed its own ranking system which enables odds setting for every esports match covered. Using this odds-system, Strafe has developed a unique entertaining social betting game where users vote on the outcome of games, gain points, climb the leaderboards and compete with other fans.

“Strafe is unlike any app currently on the esports market with extremely high user retention and organic growth and an impressive executive team including Marcus Jacobs, the former director of King’s popular mobile game Candy Crush, who is working to tap into the vast potential of social betting in esports,” commented BITKRAFT Founding Partner, Malte Barth. “We are excited to back an incredible entrepreneurial team from the developing esports and gaming ecosystem in the Nordics that provides more structure to the esports competitive landscape and additional entertainment value to the esports community.”

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