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Founded

2015

Employees

5

Location

Axel Springer Str 54b

10117

Berlin, Berlin,

Germany

OUR STORY

BITKRAFT is an early stage investor and company builder focused entirely on the esports sector. We found, support, and scale esports startups along with the industry’s most influential companies. Founded in 2015, we are active in both Berlin and Los Angeles, the epicenters of the western esports world.

BITKRAFT is home to a diverse range of entrepreneurs, operators, and investors who are building businesses, creating and expanding opportunities, and developing new technologies that benefit esports players, fans, and stakeholders around the globe.

FEATURED NEWS

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esportsobserver.com

BITKRAFT Announces Two New Executive Hires, with Previous Tenures at Apple and ESPN

Graham Ashton – August 8th, 2017

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ESports Insider

BITKRAFT Esports Ventures has made two senior hires

Sam Cooke  – August 8th, 2017

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VentureBeat

The DeanBeat: Casual Connect’s mood reflects the highs and lows of gaming

Dean Takahashi – August 4th, 2017

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TechCrunch

LA offers a fertile playing field for esports investments

Minard Hamilton – June 13th, 2017

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Bloomberg

For Investors Intrigued and Confused by Esports, a VC Fund Opens

Eben Novy-Williams – April 27th, 2017

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Forbes

BITKRAFT Launches With 18 Million Euro To Fund Esports Startups

Darren Heitner – April 27th, 2017

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VentureBeat

Bitkraft Esports Ventures will invest in esports startups

Dean Takahashi – April 27th, 2017

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Dot Esports

BITKRAFT invests in Philippine esports talent agency

Thiemo Brautigam – May 12th, 2017

OUR TEAM

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Jens Hilgers

Partner

Jens Hilgers is a Founding Partner of BITKRAFT Esports Ventures. Considered a godfather of esports, Jens began his esports career in 1997. While still in college, he built Gamers.de, a news portal for online PC games, launched the first German Clan League and build and hosted Gamers Gathering, Europe’s biggest Lan-Party. After founding and leading multiple startups in the esports space, Jens founded Turtle Entertainment in 2000. As CEO for ten years, Jens grew the company into the world's most prestigious esports brand and, along with it, paved the way for esports to go mainstream. In 2015, international entertainment company, MTG, acquired a majority stake in Turtle Entertainment, marking the first acquisition of an esports company by a traditional media organization.

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Markus Fuhrmann

Partner

Markus is a Founding Partner of BITKRAFT Esports Ventures. Previously, Markus co-founded Delivery Hero, the Berlin-based food delivery unicorn, currently valued at over three billion dollars. Prior to Delivery Hero, Markus was a Partner at Team Europe, co-founded the Web2Asia incubator, was an advisor at the Austrian VC firm Gamma Capital Partners and has made various angel investments in internet startups.

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Minard Hamilton

Partner

Minard Hamilton is a Partner at BITKRAFT Esports Ventures and leads the firm’s US office out of Los Angeles. Prior to BITKRAFT, Minard spent a number of years as both an operator and advisor of early stage companies in gaming, mobile, sports and consumer internet, including JAMDAT Mobile (IPO), Sports Technologies (acquired), and eByline (acquired).

Minard’s early career experience includes senior executive roles at ESPN and Activision, international film distribution and production for Roger Corman, and investment banking at J.P. Morgan. Minard holds an AB in American History from Princeton University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.