When ProGuides pulled the covers off of its service earlier this yr, the younger Los Angeles-based startup supposed to present avid gamers a method to practice with skilled and semi-pro esports gamers from all over the world.
However as customers signed on to the service, it grew to become clear that they weren’t searching for coaching essentially… As an alternative, what gamers needed was a ringer.
“After we launched the beta, we discovered some attention-grabbing consumer habits,” says Sam Wang. “We discovered that avid gamers had been skilled already and needed skilled gamers who’re higher than [the matches] the sport can present… On the finish of the day you do get to play with somebody fairly superior and is one thing that I feel could make video games higher.”
That’s proper, ProGuides is pitching a market for skilled avid gamers in order that its clients aren’t randomly matched with some noob if they will’t recreation with their traditional companions.
“Our tagline is ‘Play with professionals’ now,” says Wang. “We have already got over 5,000 classes that had been performed within the final two months.”
The skilled avid gamers who listing their providers on the location cost a mean of $10 per session and ProGuides takes a few 25% lower. The corporate lowers its charges for fashionable avid gamers or avid gamers who’re keen to spend extra time on the platform both promoting their providers or really teaching esports gamers.
Wang says that professionals on the platform are making wherever from $750 to $2,500 monthly and that there are at the moment 250 coaches on the platform.
A typical session on ProGuides lasts round 45 minutes and gamers can be found for Fortnite, League of Legends, Tremendous Smash Brothers, CS:GO and Hearthstone.
ProGuides raised $1.9 million in pre-seed funding final June. The corporate is backed by Amplify, an LA-based early-stage investor and firm accelerator, Quest Venture Partners, Greycroft Tracker fund and the GFR Fund.
The LA-based firm additionally has some venture-backed competitors on the East Coast. Gamer Sensei, which has raised roughly $6 million (in accordance with Crunchbase) has the same proposition. It’s backed by Confederate and Advancit Capital.