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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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Dot Esports

Condé Nast parent company Advance Publications acquires The Esports Observer

Nicole Carpenter – October 25th, 2018

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VentureBeat

Advance Publications buys The Esports Observer as a new sport emerges

Dean Takahashi – October 25th, 2018

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The Business Journals

L.A. startup helps gamers make money even when they’re not playing

Annlee Ellingson – May 16th, 2018

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UPROXX

The First Dedicated Esports Apparel Company Reveals Its Launch Line

Bill Hanstock – February 20th, 2018

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heavy.com

Moniker Debuts New Esports Apparel Line

Eli Becht – February 20th, 2018

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Rolling Stone

New Esports Performance Wear Line Launches

Brian Crecente – February 20th, 2018

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The Esports Observer

High-Level Esports Executives Launch Communications Consultancy Firm

Thiemo Bräutigam – February 13th, 2018

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.