Legendary Play raises $4 million for esports-themed mobile games for fans

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Legendary Play has announced that it has secured $4 million in funding for its latest project: a series of mobile games for esports fans. It has already produced its first title, Rivals, and is looking to make more.

Bitkraft Ventures and MTG led the round, with the participation of 1Up Ventures and Level Up. Legendary Play is also working with ESL to create virtual versions of the latter’s esports events and keep the games authentic. It also plans to add well-known esports teams, athletes, and influencers to all of its games.

Rivals Esports MOBA Manager, Legendary Play’s existing mobile title, is currently available on Google Play and the App Store. The developer plans to create even more games to recreate the full esports experience. The next game is a co-op RPG about being an esports pro.

Roman Frank, CEO of Legendary Play, said in a statement: “By 2026 there will be 970 million esports fans worldwide, and 70% of those fans are playing mobile games. We create mobile titles that provide engaged fans with a way to express their passion. experience a more casual setting. Although we started with manager games, our long-term vision is to roll out a diverse portfolio of esport-themed games, including casual games, role-playing games and story adventure games.”

Jens Hilgers, Bitkraft’s founding general partner, added: “By developing mobile games that appeal to the entire audience of esports fans around the world, Legendary Play taps into a passionate but underserved market. The team has a strong foundation. RIVALS’ success and I’m excited to see them bring their additional games in the pipeline to life while continuing to meet the needs of esports fans.”

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