eSPORTconf UAH, which presents itself as Ukraine’s first eSports business conference, will be held on February 22 in Kyiv (Kiev). The event will bring together entrepreneurs and investors, as well as representatives of the gaming and gambling industry in Ukraine and other Russian-speaking countries.
Ukraine is among the top six countries with the most developed eSports industry. This market grows by 50% every year, according to Smile Expo, the organizer of the event.
Mobalytics, a startup founded by Ukrainian entrepreneur Bogdan Suchyk, raised a seed round of $2.6 million from Almaz Capital, Founders Fund, General Catalyst and GGV Capital. The news was reported today by TechCrunch.
The funding comes just two months after Mobalytics won the ‘Startup Battlefield’ of this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt, one of the most important contests in the global startup scene. Mobalytics walked away with $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup.
Mobalytics, a startup founded by Ukrainian entrepreneur Bogdan Suchyk, has just won the ‘Startup Battlefield’ of this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt, one of the most important contests in the global startup scene. Mobalytics has walked away with $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup.
Mobalytics defines itself as “the first personal performance analytics and improvement tools for competitive gamers.” The platform analyzes players’ in-game, physical and mental performance, helps them define their weaknesses and strengths, and provides them with personalized advice to improve their game.
The winning team consists of just four members — Vladimir Duchenchuk, Serhii Dotsenko, Yaroslava Girilishena and Iliya Bakurov, — who are students or graduates from National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
Last month a consortium of Chinese investors led by Shanghai Giant Network Technology Co. agreed to acquire Playtika, the social and mobile gaming branch of Caesars Entertainment Corp., in an all-cash deal of $4,4 billion.
Almost half of Playtika’s staff — 600 out of 1,300 employees operating globally — work in Ukraine, noted Ukrainian high tech blog AIN.UA.
Madberry, a startup offering advanced advertising solutions for game companies, has raised $1 million from Ukrainian investment fund SMRK and Swedish company Viewster, a global video-on-demand service.
Madberry’s aims to “help mobile game advertisers in acquisition and retention of loyal and paying users on a performance basis.” Its approach combines in-game behaviour patterns knowledge with high-performance media buying technology.
Earlier this month Eleks, a global software development company with head office in Lviv (Lvov), Ukraine, saw one of its recent digital projects, a multi-device WebGL virtual reality game, honored as People’s Champ at the 10th annual Pixel Awards.
Based on the votes of a digital savvy audience, Back2Pack led the Experimental category. Developed as the company’s interactive greeting for the holiday season, the game is a mix of gameplay with an ingenious technical solution, using a smartphone and with Google Cardboard serving as its screen, and a second smartphone used as the game controller.
With the latest innovation, invented by a Ukrainian company from Odessa, gamers get a real jolt if they bump into a virtual wall while driving a virtual racing car.
The company, MMOne, has created the world’s first three-axis virtual reality simulator, in the form of chair attached to an industrial robot-like arm that moves in response to the action in a video game. MMOne hopes the invention takes the global gaming industry in some entirely new directions.
Madberry CEO Dmitry Sverdlik: “Like Israel, Ukraine may build a fantastic tech sector in spite of external threats”
Helsinki-based Madberry offers a global automated advertising system specially designed for the needs of game companies. The company does not outsource its research and development works; yet it has launched an R&D center in Kyiv (Kiev) in partnership with Ukrainain IT firm Innovecs.
Dmitry Sverdlik, Madberry’s co-founder and CEO, explains the strategy behind this offshore center and speaks frankly about the Ukrainian high tech and business environment.
Crimean gamers were locked out of playing popular online multiplayer games World of Warcraft and Diablo III last week, as the game publisher was forced to suspend the accounts in compliance with Western sanctions.
Major US Internet and tech companies such as Apple, Google and PayPal have suspended services to Crimean users over the last year. The United States in December barred US-registered companies from investing in Crimea or providing services to companies there.