Esports venture capital fund BITKRAFT Ventures expands into Asia

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The BITKRAFT team in San Francisco. Image credit: BITKRAFT Ventures

Gaming and esports venture capital fund BITKRAFT Ventures has announced its expansion into Asia with two key hires.

The firm has appointed former Riot Games President Jin Oh as a Partner, with former Temasek Director Jonathan Huang becoming Principal.

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Both new hires bring extensive experience and expertise in the Asian market, which will help BITKRAFT identify and invest in promising gaming and interactive entertainment startups in the region, across both Web2 and Web3. 

In particular, Oh has served as the President of World-Wide Publishing at Riot Games, CEO of Garena, as well as Managing Director at Blizzard Entertainment. As a Partner at BITKRAFT, Oh will be responsible for leading Asia investments and supporting the firm’s global initiatives. 

On the other hand, Huang is a seasoned technology, media and entertainment, and telecommunications (TMT) investor focused on interactive entertainment. Prior to joining BITKRAFT, he held similar roles at Sea Capital and Associate Temasek. As Principal, Huang will be responsible for the entire investment process, from origination to evaluation, structuring, and closing. 

Additionally, BITKRAFT has promoted Jasper Brand to Partner and Justin Swart to Principal. Brand will focus on BITKRAFT’s game studio strategy, emerging opportunities in AI and UGC, and overall US coverage with his presence in Los Angeles. Swart will remain a key member of BITKRAFT’s Web3 team and continue covering the Africa region.

Jens Hilgers, Founding General Partner at BITKRAFT Ventures, commented on the appointments: “With Jasper’s promotion, Jin joining us, and Carlos as our partner leading the Web3 side, we have rounded out our management team. Jonathan and Justin complement BITKRAFT in two key markets, and we all look forward to their contributions and continued growth.

“BITKRAFT is a truly global investment firm with team members across America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The geographical distribution of our team enables us to see regional trends and opportunities early and execute deals on a global basis.”

Radina Koutsafti
Radina has been a Freelance Journalist for Esports Insider since 2021. When not playing Apex Legends, she enjoys writing about tech, equality and education in esports.