Resources for Founders

Starting your company and fundraising can be overwhelming. Here are some helpful resources
to lean on, no matter who you're speaking to.

How To Put Together
The Perfect Pitch Deck

Demystifying Fundraising:
5 Things To Do
Before Pitching

Venture Deals

Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson

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Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook

Dan Shapiro

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The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

Carmine Gallo

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Hello My Name Is Awesome

Alexandra Watkins

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Books for Founders

Gay Gaming Professionals (GGP)

Gay Gaming Professionals (GGP)

Through livestreaming, social platforms, and community development, Gay Gaming Professionals (GGP) is a non-profit that works to provide the LGBTQ+ community with systemic access to professional opportunities in the games industry and enables diverse voices to be heard.

They work with both community and industry to promote and cultivate the professional LGBTQ+community with results-based content and programmes focused on education, expertise, employment, and entrepreneurship.

GGP also partners with organisations to provide scholarships, which nurture inclusivity, academic excellence, and community service.

Connect with the GGP community on Twitch ▸

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pitch for funding?

You can share your game startup with us through our funding form:

We review each application and try our best to respond to each and every one.

Are we too early for Play Ventures?

We invest in the best pre-seed and seed stage gaming startups. This means we invest in companies that are pre-product, pre-revenue, and sometimes pre-incorporation.

What kind of gaming companies is Play looking for?

Play Ventures is looking for the most promising free-to-play and Web3 gaming startups, and gaming services. We're looking for those with the ambition to build at least a $100M+ gaming powerhouse in the next few years.

What geographies or markets does Play invest in?

Play invests globally! We've invested in startups across Europe, Asia, and North America. We're also looking for interesting opportunities in LATAM and CIS countries.

What do you look for in a founding team?

Strong experience in the gaming industry, complementary skillsets, product-founder fit, and of course, nothing beats founders having the shared experience of working (and disagreeing) together successfully.

How many companies does Play invest in each year?

Play reviews thousands of funding applications each year and selectively invests in the best 12-15 new companies every year.

What is Play's process for making investments?

Your application and any pitch materials you share will be reviewed by the team. We may request for additional info via email and for an intro chat to get to know you, your team, and vision better. We'll let you know quickly if Play Ventures is a fit with your opportunity, and communicate what the next steps might be, which will likely include more in-depth calls and meetings with yourself and your co-founders.

What size investment does Play typically make?

Play's initial investment into a company typically ranges from US$500K - US$1M.

Does Play Ventures invest more into an existing portfolio company as they grow?

Yes! Play is committed to helping our founders build the next generation of gaming powerhouses, so we do allocate capital for follow-on investments in subsequent rounds of funding.

Besides funding, how else does Play Ventures help its portfolio companies?

Play is committed to adding value and supporting our portfolio companies. Every company and founding team is different so we provide tailored support based on what is needed and appropriate for their stage of development. We help our companies with access to resources like App Annie, and help them with our unique network and in-house experience in areas like recruitment, design, fundraising, PR, and more. We also encourage and facilitate sharing amongst our community of portfolio founders in multiple areas, from user acquisition to tech stack discussions.

How involved is Play with your portfolio companies?

Play is in it for the long haul. We are in regular contact with all our portfolio companies and are always available for chats through Slack (we have private shared channels for each company). We also support our portfolio companies through access to resources and in other areas, as needed by the founders and the company.