Amateur Sports Startup GameChanger Raises $6.8 Million Series B.
GameChanger Media has announced today that it has managed to secure a total of $6.8 million Series B round of financing that was led by Seattle-based Trilogy Equity Partners. Other existing investors joined in, including Costanoa Venture Capital and Tenfore Holdings, also participating in this round.
Based in the Lower parts of Manhattan, The company employees over 30 people and provides a mobile and web platform to amateur sport teams and their communities of fans.
Coaches use the GameChanger as a digital scorekeeper, stats, scheduling and communications between players, families, scouts and even local media. Users will be able to replace the old paper scorebooks with the GameChanger iOS application, saving hours previously spent tallying stats by hand, gaining better insight on player performance and consolidate team logistics in one. This product is available for free for coaches and scorekeepers.
For the time being, team families and fan can receive live scores and email updates for free, or access premium content by paying for the animated play-by-play “GameStream” experience or instant game recap stories for only $7.99 a month or $39.99 a year.
GameChanger has differentiation itself in the amateur sports market by solving the difficult problems when it comes towards keeping scores and statistics, while having to engage fan communities with content like live game updates. By adding the community management tools like scheduling and messaging has made it a one-stop shop for all sorts of people both young and old.
The growth for GameChanger has been silent buy Amazing. Ever since 2010, over 150,000 amateur teams have scored more than 4 million games and 1.1 billion plays on the scorekeeping application. Its infrastructure supports a grand scale, often scoring and streaming a over 50,000 baseball and softball games within a single weekend, comparing it to a that of twenty years of Major League Baseball. And its recent partnership with one of the most respected brands in amateur sports including, Perfect Game, Babe Ruth, National Pro Fastpitch, Little League Baseball, MaxPreps, USSSA and the Ripken World Series.
The majority of the company’s recent new funding will be placed toward acquiring new employees in software design and engineering. GameChanger will be focused on adding more tools for coaches and fans of currently existing teams, scaling it technical infrastructure and expanding into sports, other than its current baseball, softball and basketball offerings. John Stanton of Trilogy Equity Partners will be joining the Board of Directors of the company.
Ted Sullivan, CEO and Co-founder had commented that:
“Amateur sports communities have been underserved by the kind of simple digital tools that other markets take for granted. Scorekeepers still use paper and pencil to record game information. Coaches spend hours totaling stats and reporting to league administrators or the local paper. Fans that miss games can only hope for the occasional text update or post-game phone call.”
“We think coaches and team communities deserve better, and we’re on a mission to help them be more efficient, informed and connected. This funding will help us build the team and products that will accomplish those goals.”