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Grant Farewell

Greater Seattle Area
As esports grow — drawing bigger prize pools, tournaments and audiences — esports crowdfunding service Matcherino hopes to be the hub. The Matcherino website is designed to give fans, players and organizers an easier way to see, find and fund matches. The site simplifies the crowdfundingprocess for users, who just log in with Twitch — the Amazon-owned video-game streaming service, where fans watch their favorite gamers play — make a depositwith PayPal and then crowdfund various video-game events taking place in person or online. Matcherino has positioned itself in a fast-growing eSports industry that could produce $1.5 billion in revenues by 2020. In her annual Internet Trends report for 2017, Mary Meekernoted that an equal number of millennials prefer eSports to traditional sports. She also noted that eSports viewership is up 40 percent since last year.

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