Tier One Entertainment, a gaming and e-sports talent agency recently launched by cosplay queen, Alodia Gosiengfiao, and e-sports veteran, Tryke Gutierrez, announced today a significant investment from BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, the world’s first e-sports specific fund.
Tier One Entertainment, which launched in April of this year, aims to revolutionize the e-sports landscape in Southeast Asia by developing gaming talents with a focus on shoutcasters, streamers, and professional teams in the region while also helping brands work with top e-sports influencers to reach the coveted gaming audience. The infusion of capital will enable Tier One to purchase equipment for production, expand their team, and build a studio for talents.
"We are fortunate that BITKRAFT has shown faith in the region," said Tier One Co-Founder, Tryke Gutierrez. "We have always believed that Southeast Asia has what it takes to take off in the international arena. With BITKRAFT on our side, the investment will fast track our plans.”
Tier One Co-Founder Alodia Gosiengfiao added, “There is a lot of potential in the e-sports and gaming world, particularly in the Philippines. With BITKRAFT's investment, we now have the means to create more careers in the e-sports industry by investing in talented people and supporting their growth."
BITKRAFT Esports Ventures is led by Jens Hilgers, a 20-year e-sports veteran and founder of ESL. His team is composed of investors from both the gaming and sports world, including Delivery Hero co-founder Markus Fuhrmann and gaming industry veteran Minard Hamilton.
Based in Berlin and Los Angeles, the epicenters of the western e-sports world, BITKRAFT Esports Ventures incubates, builds, and invests in e-sports startups along with a group of the industry’s most influential companies and executives. BITKRAFT has raised €18M in its first closing, which was announced last month.
"Southeast Asia is the fastest growing e-sports market and we feel that Tryke, Alodia and their team are outstanding entrepreneurs with great passion and undisputable e-sports experience. We are proud to support the Tier One team,” said Jens Hilgers.