Yesterday was a red letter day for the Tribe Gaming crew. The organization officially announced a $1.04 million investment round that will allow them to expand their presence in the mobile esports market. This impressive first round consists of investors like NBA player Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics, Claudio “Cesaro” Castagnoli of the WWE, Super Evil Megacorp CEO Kristian Segerstrale, and seed investor Victor Krahn.
Tribe Gaming was founded in 2017 by mobile gaming influencer Patrick “Chief Pat” Carney, and competes only in mobile gaming tournaments. They are most notable for winning the 2017 Vainglory World Championship just out of the gate, propelling them well into the esports spotlight.
In a release about the funding round, Gordon Hayward issued a statement about his investment into the company:
I’ve been an NBA All-Star and made it to the NCAA championship, but I still get a rush when I’m taking down my enemy’s towers in a game of Clash. Tribe is about celebrating mobile gaming, whether it’s by cheering your team on the sidelines or watching your favorite streamers on your couch. I’ve been a mobile gaming fan for a long time, and I can’t wait to help bring those experiences to more people around the world.
In Tribe Gaming’s official news post, the organization laid out some motivation behind their future goals: “We want Tribe to be a trailblazer of mobile gaming and content creation, and our goal has always been to grow the mobile space in a big way. Bringing on new capital and partners will open countless doors for Tribe’s content creators and pro players, and it’ll give us decades of superstar wisdom to guide us in making Tribe the greatest mobile gaming organization in the entire world.”
Currently, Tribe Gaming has has 15 million subscribers and 67 million monthly views on YouTube, along with a growing social media following. You can check out Chief Pat’s announcement video here for more on Tribe’s plans for hometown and global expansion, or read the organization’s full funding announcement.