Gaming startup OWN3D receives six-figure investment for foundation
Austrian investor KaPa Ventures backs gaming startup OWN3D New streaming expert aims to become number 1 service provider for gamer community
Posted at 2021-03-06T00:00:00.000000Z UTC
Steyr, 03/14/2018 - On March 14, 2018, Thomas Rafelsberger, Lukas Hoffmann and Andreas Hanne founded own3d media GmbH. The company was launched to provide a high-quality and unique portfolio of products and services in the gaming, e-sports and streaming sector. Thus, OWN3D is expected to grow into the global market leader in gaming.
As early as 2009, own3d.tv was one of the largest gaming and streaming sites in the world, but in 2013 the Austrian website did not have an easy time of it, as international competitors such as Twitch caught up strongly and the operators eventually had to file for bankruptcy. Thomas Rafelsberger, as a gifted viewer of the site, learned of the impending fate and at the same time recognized the potential of the domain. So in 2014 he seized the opportunity without further ado and bought the domain and brand own3d.tv at auction. Three years later, he met his co-founders and they got the project rolling together in 2017. Shortly after, investors proactively approached the team. KaPa Ventures supported the team with a six-figure investment, so that own3d media GmbH could finally be founded in 2018.
The team's collaboration worked right away. Andreas Hanne is a brilliant designer, Lukas Hoffmann the technical genius and Thomas Rafelsberger brings the necessary passion for gaming and marketing. The trio also entered the market at exactly the right time - the competition was still manageable at the time, but the demand was already there. "On twitch.tv, over 100 million gaming enthusiasts are on hand every month to watch streamers play. But they don't just play, they also act as a kind of TV channel of their own. In order to stand out from the ever-growing number of providers of game streaming products, we offer a variety of products. With stream overlays or our own avatar makers, we enable a more professional appearance," says Rafelsberger. Our know-how and the negligible competition in the segment also impressed the investors in the end. KaPa Ventures founder Frank Kappe: "The bold idea, in combination with the broad offer and the creative team, convinced us. KaPa Ventures is sure to support with OWN3D a company that will soon show a steep success curve."
In the long term, the gaming startup aims to improve and expand its portfolio to the point where it reaches the top of the market. The motivated team has a number of projects and ideas in the deck for the future and is looking forward to playing them out. "In the coming months and years, thanks to the close contact with our users, we will offer an exceptional portfolio that will allow us to compete in the global market. We are an extremely agile team in the dynamic gaming sector. We support gamers and businesses, showing them everything they need to stream successfully on Twitch. This ranges from gaming mice and a green screen to online tools for graphics and animation. This is a strength that no competitor can currently offer in this way," says Rafelsberger.
Thus, OWN3D wants to continue to invest heavily in the team and its expansion in the future. The criteria: Handpicked and close to the community. In order to show that gamers are behind the service and that the needs of users are understood, the company's own OWN3D channel will be launched in the coming months. This channel will be run by employees and partners from the community.
In addition to Thomas Rafelsberger, who acts as CEO & CMO, two entrepreneurs from Germany complete the trio in the company management. Illustrator and co-founder of digital agency Webidol Andy Hanne will hold the role of CDO & CBO. IT specialist Lukas Hoffmann will be responsible for technical management as CTO. The pool of employees for the start-up phase is currently being built up and will comprise around 10 people.
KaPa Ventures Holding GmbH currently holds sixteen investments in several countries and is one of the most active and financially strong Austrian investors in its field. The focus is on early stage investments in IT-oriented, innovative and highly scalable companies. Other well-known investments include Meisterlabs, himoment and mything. KaPa Venture Holding was founded by Frank Kappe and Gerhard Pail.
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