San Francisco-based esports startup Juked, which brings together streams for popular esports titles, has launched its open beta.
The company launched in February 2019 and is now ready to roll out the site to all. Juked’s goal is ‘to create a better way to discover, watch, and engage with the best events and content from across the global esports community.”
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Juked is ran by CEO & Co-founder Ben Goldhaber and COO & Co-founder Chris Chan. Goldhaber previously worked at Twitch, having served as Director of Content Marketing and Senior Manager of Partnerships, League & Events. Chan comes from a software engineer background and co-founded HearthSim and ChanmanV TV.
Goldhaber discussed the launch in a release: “Esports has grown exponentially over the last decade, but there is still too much friction between becoming a fan of a game, player, or team, and being able to actually follow that esport, We built Juked as a single comprehensive destination with the goal of lowering the barrier to entry to enjoying esports. Our vision is to help every single esports community grow, since it will be a win-win for fans, developers, publishers, and the players who are invested in seeing their scene succeed.”
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At launch, Juked will support the following titles: League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Overwatch, Rocket League, Smash Bros. Ultimate & Melee, StarCraft II, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Hearthstone, Fortnite, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11, World of Warcraft, Rainbow Six Siege, StarCraft: Brood War, FIFA, Apex Legends, Teamfight Tactics, Magic: The Gathering, and Quake Champions.
Chan added: “We are excited to launch the open beta to the world today. We look forward to Juked helping fans follow the esports they love more easily and to enjoy new esports content they may not have watched otherwise.”
Esports Insider says: Juked is starting out with a solid idea — providing viewers with a single place to watch and catch up with their favourite esports title. In the busy world of esports – where more and more titles are trying to get in on the action – it can be a tough ask to keep track of what’s going on. Only time will tell how it works out for the team, but we’re hopeful that this can consolidate a lot of the action.