With the gaming industry having a rise in its popularity, many opportunities have opened up in media landscape to tap into and expand in this budding market. And as such two veterans from the esports and video games industry will be launching VENN ( Video Game Entertainment and News Network) which will be a round-the-clock post-cable network dedicated at content creation around gaming and esports entertainment aspect.
The duo of Ben Kusin, (son of Gamestop co-founder Gary Kusin) and Ariel Horn (former LCS executive producer) serving as co-CEOs of the VENN, will launch the service sometime in 2020 with live studios based in Los Angeles and New York.
VENN was able to secure an investment of $17 million which includes names of many major backers such as Twitch, Riot Games, Blizzard Entertainment, and Vivendi. VENN will be broadcasting its content on streaming platforms including Twitch and YouTube, as well as on social media platforms. VENN will also partner with Pluto TV, YouTube TV and Sling to stream its content over.
To fill the weekly programming, VENN will be running streams of esports events, talk shows and documentaries which all will be coupled with their in-house content.
With the expertise of 4 time Grammy winner and pioneer of televised esports, Ariel Horn and marketing expertise of Ben Kusin, VENN will prove to be a pivotal point for gaming and gaming entertainment.
In a press release, the company said:
Kusin in the release said:
Horn also said:
Both the veterans have received a sizeable vote of confidence from the industry and with that moment many of them have also openly invested in the idea of VENN. With a backing so strong we hope for the success of such ambiguous idea, which in future will pave way for more entertainment-filled content in the gaming industry.