An ever increasing-time of our lives is spent in immersive, virtual worlds. In fact, entire generations are already growing up with and inside them. This convergence of the physical and digital—a trend we call synthetic reality—is led by visionary entrepreneurs in gaming, esports, and interactive media. We’re proud to provide venture capital and partner alongside these extraordinary founders.
Built by founders for founders, BITKRAFT is a global early- and mid-stage investment platform for gaming, esports, and interactive media.
Thought leadership since 1997
Founded by serial entrepreneurs
Global presence and strategic network
We focus on Seed and Series A investments in game studios, interactive platforms, and immersive technology.
The Advent of Synthetic Reality®
Physical and digital worlds converge, and gaming and esports lead the charge.
Global team members
We partner early—sometimes, when a company is no more than an idea fueled by creative spirit and resolute talent.
Raph KosterCEO of Playable Worlds
Legendary polymath game designer, widely recognized for his work as lead designer of Ultima Online and creative director behind Star Wars Galaxies.
Jeri EllsworthCEO of Tilt Five
30-year leader in chip design in augmented / virtual reality at Valve, HTC Vive, Commodore, and TiVo.
Ariel Horn and Ben KusinCo-CEOs of Venn
Four-time Emmy Award recognition, production of BlizzCon, and behind the global broadcast of League of Legends reaching over 100 million worldwide.
Ben FreidlinCEO of Bit Fry Game Studios
High-school dropout upending the multi-billion dollar sports game category with Ultimate Rivals—an all-new franchise and a standout success on Apple Arcade.
Dmitry Shapiro and Sean ThielenCEO and CTO of Koji
Former Founder and CEO of Veoh and CTO of Myspace building the next-generation content creation engine for the mobile Gen Z audience.
Travis BoatmanCEO of Carbonated Games
Experienced mobile games executive and operator with a long history in the space, including senior leadership roles at Electronic Arts, Zynga, and Mattel.
Calin PacurariuCEO of Spatial
Former product, marketing, and business development lead at Apple, building foundations for iPhone software, Healthkit, and Apple TV.
Frederic DescampsCEO of Manticore Games
Former Head of Corporate Development at Zynga, building a digital playground to unleash imagination and explore new AAA gameplay experiences.
Don’t just take our word for it.
From the first conversation, we knew that we wanted BITKRAFT to lead our investment. Now, after working together for some time, I can say that we couldn’t have asked for a better partner. BITKRAFT’s next-level connections in the gaming sector combined with the strategic support in perfecting our approach, have proved invaluable to our growth.
BITKRAFT has been an incredible partner for us as we work together to develop the next generation of online entertainment. Sometimes investors are merely sources of money—BITKRAFT’s deep domain knowledge, network of connections, and ongoing support have been invaluable, helping us with potential partners, fundraising, and strategic direction.
BITKRAFT has been extremely helpful in many aspects of our company’s growth including strategy, recruiting, fundraising and partnerships. We can’t think of any other investor that matches their expertise, experience, and connections in the esports industry. It’s great to have them in the foxhole with us and we look forward to continuing to work with them into the future.
One of the keys for us to accelerate our business is expanding our business profile and being able to jump on opportunities. BITKRAFT has done that and more, providing us with great connections within the gaming and esports industries, as well as the backing to be able to move fast.
BITKRAFT has unmatched experience in the esports and gaming industries. They’ve materially increased our probability of success with their strategic guidance and deep network. Plus, they’re truly kind and great to work with.
As long-time industry veterans, we know that the games business is tough, and it’s important to surround yourself with hard-working, knowledgeable, and talented partners. BITKRAFT delivers on all three and brings passion and empathy that we find refreshing.
We’re a distributed team with a global presence.
Based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, London, and Madrid, we’re among the gaming industry’s longest-standing veterans and enthusiasts—ready to meet anyone excited about the future of our sector.
Pitch your company, schedule a meeting at the next big event, or drop by one of our offices.
There are many ways in which we can accelerate your ambitions.
Together with our distinguished investors and strategic partners across the globe, we provide entrepreneurs with profound expertise, network access, and capital sources.
We’ve partnered up to bring esports investing to the public.
Gaming and esports as the future of entertainment—and a segue into synthetic realities.
To allow players, fans, parents, and professional investors alike to invest in this exciting industry, we’ve teamed up with Roundhill Investments to create $NERD.
”Roundhill believes that esports and video games are the future of live media, sports, and entertainment. That’s why we created the first pure-play esports ETF.Will HersheyCEO of Roundhill Investments