first published on September 17, 2019 by Funker
A soon to launch video game network has attracted significant sponsorship and intends to be the MTV of the gaming world.
Video Game Entertainment & News Network (VENN) will broadcast from studios in Los Angeles and New York City 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is set to launch in 2020. The network will air on platforms like Twitch and Youtube with content including gaming related documentaries, series shows, and featured streams.
The VENN project has so far sourced $17 million in funding from notable investors such as; Marc Merrill, cofounder of Riot Games, which created League of Legends; Kevin Lin, cofounder of Twitch (which is now owned by Amazon); Mike Morhaime, cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment (Starcraft, Warcraft, Diablo, and more recently Overwatch; and Axiomatic Gaming, a conglomerate of sports executives that own and fund video gaming enterprises.
Video Game Entertainment & News Network was founded by Ben Kusin, the former global director of new media at Vivendi Games, as well as Ariel Horn, the former head of Riot Games’ esports productions.
The venture hopes to provide highly polished, entertaining content for both hardcore and casual gamers across a wide spectrum of genre types.
Gaming industry veterans raise $17 million to launch VENN, an esports network https://t.co/9jr0ZJze9E
— CNBC (@CNBC) September 17, 2019