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Jeremy Lin and The 49ers Back Gaming Startup

Brooklyn Nets Jeremy Lin and San Francisco 49ers Invest in Plays.TV Series A Round

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A startup that allows gamers to review their playing, similar to watching tape in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MBL has attracted some big named talent in the real world of sports to their series A round. Tenaya Capital, Shasta Ventures and the Founders Fund led the financing.

Plays.TV announced a $15 million dollar series A round last week. Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin and an owners/executive investment group from the San Francisco 49ers participated in the round.

Sporttechie.com reports that the company started in 2015 as part of another gaming company called Raptr.  Raptr optimizes pc gaming to make it “fast, beautiful and hassle free”.

Plays.tv was initially added to the Raptr platform as a social network so that gamers could share video clips of their best performance. It simultaneously became a platform for analyzing play video for hardcore gamers.

“Plays.tv grew very quickly since its launch and our community really embraced the platform not just for the social sharing but for replaying and improving as players,” Plays.tv CEO Dennis Fong said in a statement. “With Shasta and our other investors, we are in a great position to make Plays.tv the most personal and relevant source of gameplay content, and the de facto platform to replay and share videos to get better at your game.”

Jeremy Lin added “Similar to watching game tape after NBA games, I love how Plays.tv allows gamers to analyze their own replays. This enables players to identify what’s working and what can be improved. I’m excited to see the pros continue to transform their game with tools like Plays.tv.”

Chief Investment Officer for the San Francisco 49ers called the platform “as essential to gamers as reviewing tape is to NFL coaches.”.  The investment was made by a group of owners and executives and not the team directly.

With the investment Plays.tv users can look forward to improved tools to capture, edit and share video game clips with friends and deep integrations with more of the top PC game titles. Plays.tv will also continue to improve the personalization of users’ feeds to offer the most relevant gaming content based on many factors, including a player’s gaming history, champion pool, favorite roles, favorite maps, and skill level. This advanced understanding of a player’s preferences allows Plays.tv to deliver highly personalized gaming content at an unparalleled level.

You can check out plays.tv here.