Unikrn Inc, a Seattle-headquartered venture focused on e-sports betting, has acquired Gurgaon-based e-sports statistics startup DotaProHub for an undisclosed amount.
As part of the deal, DotaProHub founders Swaroop Hegde and Aditya Mukherjee would move to Unikrn’s base in Seattle, the companies said in a press statement.
DotaProHub (run by Funhouse Technologies Pvt Ltd) is a free statistics and analysis website for Dota 2, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) videogame that is played in a three-dimensional setting.
E-sport refers to multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players. The most common video game genres associated with e-sports are real-time strategy, fighting, first-person shooter and MOBA.
DotaProHub provides in-depth statistics in the form of dynamic visualisation for automated analysis, as per the press statement.
It combines historical and real-time data from every Dota 2 professional match.
Unikrn, founded by Rahul Sood (of Indian origin) and Karl Flores, is an e-sport wagering service that helps users to place bets on upcoming video game matches. Sood had previously founded VoodooPC, a high-end computing brand that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard.
Unikrn had recently raised $7 million in a fresh round of funding led by Binary Capital, taking the total capital it mobilised to $10 million.
E-sports is a growing content niche with global draw. Games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Starcraft 2 have large professional following, with teams sporting sponsorship deals from large corporations.
The electronic and mobile gaming space has been attracting investor attention for the last few years. It is believed that mobile gaming will mirror growth of India’s e-commerce industry. Dave Richards, managing partner of Unitus Seed Fund, recently told Techcircle.in that gaming and edu-tech domains could produce the next unicorn from India.
In June, JetSynthesys Pvt Ltd, part of diversified JetLine Group of Companies, acquired Pune-based mobile applications and gaming company Xerces Technologies, for an undisclosed amount.