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The gaming industry is on fire. VR and AR, cloud gaming, and AI-driven storytelling fuel the gaming market growth. And it leads to more accessible, immersive, and diverse gaming experiences. Investor interest is surging, turning the sector into a gold mine for startups.

At Waveup, we know how to leverage market insights to help your venture succeed. Our experts offer all-encompassing fundraising assistance to startups within 80+ verticals, including the gaming industry. We craft compelling market growth blueprints, robust business models, persuasive gaming pitch decks and pinpoint M&A opportunities. We are here to assist you at every step, guiding your business to success.

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2x growth
The gaming market is set to more than double by 2030.

 

1/3
Over a third of the world’s population are active gamers.

Accelerated by technological innovation, mobile gaming, and the rise of esports
577M+

The global esports audience is expected to surpass 577 million.

1/2

Half the global gaming market’s revenue is from mobile games.

63%

VR games are played by 63% of gamers aged between 25 and 34.

VENTURE LANDSCAPE

Gaming startups raised $10.7B in venture capital in 2022

 
With the largest deals going to:

  • Game Development Studios
  • Mobile Gaming
  • Esports Teams and Leagues
  • Gaming Hardware
  • VR and AR Gaming

Leading gaming investors

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WAVEUP VIEW

The challenges of gaming startups

Despite the huge growth and transformative potential of the gaming industry, startups must stay alert to possible risks.

Player engagement

The gaming market is brimming with various gaming options, making it hard for newcomers to attract and retain customers. As players can quickly lose interest and switch to another game if they don’t stay entertained, see value, or feel connected to a community. All this may negatively affect startups, leading to revenue loss, reputation damage, and investor doubt.

Raising funds

It’s challenging to capture investors’ attention, and here’s why. First, you’ll face intense competition not only from numerous startups but also from established giants like Ubisoft or Nintendo, dominating the market. Second, VCs may be skeptical about investing in a gaming project because of the risky industry’s nature. And the inability to secure necessary funding will cause delayed product launches, limited market reach, and poor game quality.

Spurring growth

Gaming startups should know how to scale. It’s pivotal if they want to stay ahead of the curve and capture market share. Otherwise, they may miss market opportunities, lose a chance to adapt to changing user preferences and tech advancements, and experience operational inefficiencies.

How we can help

Startups
Fundraising advisory

From diligent business analysis to storytelling and financial forecasts, we’re helping founders crystallize and structure key business fundamentals and translate them into a compelling investment opportunity wrapped in a winning gaming startup pitch deck.

Investors
Due diligence and portfolio support

Evaluating potential investments, conducting thorough due diligence, and supporting portfolio companies on their new fundraising rounds.

Established companies
Growth hacking

Discovering market opportunities and developing execution strategies to build actionable and scalable blueprints for growth. You can read more about our expertise here.

WHO WE ARE

Unlocking your next stage of growth

Waveup is a leading global advisory empowering companies to fuel growth, attract investments, and secure strategic partnerships.

We turn data into business insights that drive results, helping companies excel in the competitive B2C and B2B spaces across 50+ verticals, discovering and catalizing opportunities for growth.

Our investment consulting services in gaming

Market intelligence

Fundraising support

Pitch decks

Financial models

Investor research

Growth consulting

Go-to-market strategies

Marketing/sales materials

Design support

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FAQs

How attractive is the industry to potential gaming investors?

The gaming industry is attractive to investors because it’s a profitable sector with recurring revenue. Yet, VCs may be concerned about tech and regulatory-related risks while making a decision to back your project.

If you are a gaming startup, how easy is it to raise funding today?

Despite the investor interest in the industry, a fundraising game may be tricky. The competition is tough. Plus, tech issues can make VCs hesitant.

How long does it take to create a pitch deck and financial model for a gaming startup?

In most cases, our team needs two to three weeks to complete the project, yet the time frames may vary depending on our workload and the project’s complexity. Thus, it’s better to discuss the time individually.

What are the key mistakes gaming startups make in their pitch decks?

The most frequent mistakes we’ve met in gaming startup pitch decks are a vague funding request, lack of comprehensive investor story, poor market positioning, and lack of a robust business strategy. Plus, founders don’t include a competition slide in their presentations, failing to show the investors how they’re going to outrun the rivals.

How competitive is the gaming market?

The gaming market is a real battlefield. There are over 47K startups and an abundance of established companies like Nintendo and Ubisoft.

What services do you provide for investors looking to invest or already investing in games?

We assist investors in evaluating their investment opportunities across the gaming sector. Our approach involves conducting thorough due diligence and presenting findings in a concise, visually rich presentation packed with valuable insights. Plus, we ensure comprehensive fundraising services to portfolio companies across the gaming sector and beyond.

Do you provide gaming M&A support?

We do! Our expertise is rooted in pinpointing gaming M&A prospects, creating comprehensive CIMs, and conducting models for both acquisition and disposition deals.

Do you make intros to gaming VCs?

Of course! If your project meets the criteria, such as round size, team dynamics, product quality, and more, we can help you connect with gaming-focused VCs. This service is a cornerstone of our investor relations package, dedicated to forging ties with VCs, preparing startups for the first meetings, and ensuring post-deal collaborations.

Do you have available data or research to purchase on the gaming market?

Certainly! Our experts offer tailored insights into the gaming scene, including sector overviews, competitor analysis, and thorough market studies. We leverage trusted exclusive databases to ensure you fully understand the nuances of the gaming sector, touching on aspects like its scale, variety, and rivalry.

Which growth stage of companies have you worked with in the past?

We specialize in guiding gaming projects from Seed to Series B. Yet, our experience extends to assisting companies during pre-seed and Series C+ stages, as well as partnering with major market players and investment funds.

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