Efuse has raised $6 million for its “LinkedIn for gamers” platform, which helps esports amateurs and gamers find jobs and a sustainable way of life. Notable investors include NBA player Seth Curry (Philadelphia 76ers) and NFL players Denzel Ward (Cleveland Browns), Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys), and Chase Winovich (New England Patriots). Today’s round follows the startup’s initial $2.3 million funding in November 2019, which the Ohio Innovation Fund also led.
The funding came after the Columbus, Ohio-based company signed up more than 500,000 new users to its platform in the past year. Efuse will use the capital to fuel product development and user acquisition and make key hires as it progresses toward profitability in 2021. Efuse users build a profile, share their passions, broadcast their highlight reel, and engage with over 24,000 scholarships, internships, and job postings in design, game development, business and marketing, and other roles.
“Gamers network, connect, and share differently,” Efuse founder and CEO Matthew Benson told GamesBeat in an email. “They need a place to showcase a highlight reel, connect their credentials to validate ‘rank,’ and chat with their unique meme-heavy shorthand. Also, Efuse is purpose-built to help gamers get discovered so they’re only presented with gaming-specific opportunities, like studio internships or job postings, college scouting events, and pro-team tryouts. You just can’t find that on Reddit or LinkedIn.”