Industry-Leading Mobile Gaming Organization Tribe Gaming Raises Over $1M in Seed Funding to Shape Esports, Media and Entertainment

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Star investment lineup includes the Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, mobile gaming veteran Kristian Segerstrale and the WWE’s Cesaro.

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Tribe Gaming, esports’ leading mobile-focused organization and content powerhouse, with 15+ million subscribers and 67+ million monthly views on YouTube, announced today that it raised over $1M in its first round of investment capital. Investors include celebrity and industry leaders Gordon Hayward of the NBA’s Boston Celtics, mobile gaming veteran Kristian Segerstrale, Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro) of the WWE, and angel investor Victor Krahn, who will also serve as strategic advisors to Tribe.

Founded by Patrick Carney, a prominent industry advocate and content creator in mobile gaming, and Jonathan Sakoucky, one of the first mobile esports organizers, advocates and content creators, Tribe Gaming is a leading voice in the growing field of mobile gaming. Analytics firm Newzoo recently estimated that the mobile games market will be worth $76.1 billion in 2020 and that mobile will be the largest segment of the games market overall, accounting for 47.4%. Tribe is one of the few organizations that grew organically from within the community and remains completely mobile-focused today, with a mission to unify content creators, pro players, and fans across mobile gaming.

Tribe’s new investment partners each bring decades of expertise to the core areas that Tribe touches - sports, media and entertainment. As Tribe’s investment partners, celebrity athletes and fan icons Gordon Hayward and Cesaro plan to be active members of the Tribe and the mobile gaming community, and produce content alongside Tribe’s creators to address the community that they feel at home in.

“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,” said Gordon Hayward, NBA player for the Boston Celtics. “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.”

Claudio Castagnoli, professional wrestler for the WWE, said, “I’ve been watching Pat for over five years - he was the guy to watch in Clash of Clans and Clash Royale, and still is today. I first met him through a collaboration with the WWE - we did a workout competition (guess who won) and some Clash Royale 1v1 (guess again) and 2v2s. We hit it off right away. What brought me to watch his videos in the first place is the same reason why I’m a fan of Tribe and Pat today - he’s authentic, he loves what he does, and he brings people together from all walks of life who love video games. To say I’m very excited to be part of Tribe would be an understatement. Fear the Tribe.”

Tribe’s new funding will boost its plans for expansion over the next few years including immediate plans in its hometown of Austin, Texas, such as a brand new headquarters and content creator lab specifically designed for mobile gaming and entertainment.

“Just a few years ago, mobile games were dismissed as simple puzzles and time-wasters - now mobile has grown into its own ecosystem of complex games and world-class competition, with an extremely passionate fanbase at its core,” said Patrick Carney, Founder/CEO of Tribe. “We started Tribe to help mobile gaming grow into the best it can be, and I’m grateful for the confidence our new investors have placed in our vision to help it reach the next level.”

About Tribe Gaming

Tribe Gaming was founded in 2017 by Patrick “Chief Pat” Carney and Jonathan “DonJon” Sakoucky to drive the growth of mobile media, entertainment and esports. Exclusively representing some of the biggest names in mobile content and most talented players in esports, Tribe’s powerhouse of creators have garnered 15+ million subscribers and 67+ million monthly views on YouTube alone, and Tribe’s esports teams compete in five major mobile titles. Mobile is a rapidly growing segment within gaming and esports, and Tribe believes the “tribes” within it - the competitors, content creators, and fans - are what make mobile special. Tribe Gaming is based in Austin, Texas with employees located around the world. Follow the Tribe on Twitter (@TribeGaming) and check us out at

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