SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Unikrn (#unikrn), a gaming (#gaming) and eSports (#esports) company, today announced the launch of Unikrn Arena Global for markets around the world. Unikrn Arena Global is a new and fun virtual arena where users can earn “Unikoins” by participating in various activities and then use them to increase their odds of winning amazing prizes. To support the launch of Unikrn Arena Global, the company is also announcing its first companion App, Unikrn Vault, which will be available shortly after launch for Android in the Google Play Store and for iOS in the Apple App Store.
In addition, Unikrn today announced that Ashton Kutcher (#ashtonkutcher) and Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures (#soundventures) are joining Unikrn’s recent Series A investment round announced on June 30, 2015. Kutcher and Oseary have previously invested in tech industry-changing startups such as @Airbnb, @FourSquare, @Skype, @SoundCloud @Square, @Zenefits, @Uber and many more.
“I’m thrilled to be launching Unikrn Arena to the world, and releasing the Unikrn Vault App to allow our users to generate Unikoins is something we’re all really excited about,” said Rahul Sood, CEO Unikrn. “At the same time, bringing Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary on was a big deal for me. They are well known for picking winning consumer technology companies and are incredibly connected. We’re looking forward to working with their team to help make Unikrn Arena a big success.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of investing and being involved in a number of outstanding startups, and Unikrn stood out because they are completely changing how people engage with eSports,” said Ashton Kutcher. “eSports are mainstreaming, and Unikrn Arena provides fans with an additional level of excitement not found elsewhere.”
To help Unikrn users become more engaged with the platform, Unikrn is now offering daily “quests” that provide the chance to earn Unikoins, which can be used to win prizes from companies such as: Alienware, Caseking, Funko, Gunnar, HP, HyperX, and Logitech. We’ll also have additional prizes from professional eSports teams including, Enemy Esports, Team Dignitas, Team Liquid and others. Types of quests include “Betting Quests,” which reward users for placing bets on Unikrn; “Social Quests,” which reward users for engaging with their friends and/or social networks; and “Trivia Questions,” where users can answer questions about the games being played on Unikrn.
Users can sign up at www.Unikrn.com and immediately start going on quests and earning Unikoins. Prizes are given away through an interactive raffle system, and users will be able enter their Unikoins into the daily, weekly, and monthly draws. The more Unikoins they enter, the greater the chance they have to win.
The Unikrn Vault App will allow users to earn additional Unikoins through trivia and creating their own questions. Users have the opportunity to answer up to four questions per day, and they can also submit as many questions as they want. The more they engage, the more Unikoins they can win, which can be exchanged in the Unikrn Marketplace.
By visiting www.unikrn.com, Unikrn customers can watch the world’s best professional gamers participate in live gaming tournaments around the world. Unikrn features tournaments for AAA titles such as League of Legends, Dota2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with Starcraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, and Call of Duty around the corner. The Unikrn Arena platform provides an opportunity for customers to bet (using real currency or Unikoins) on the outcomes of matches and tournaments through a range of bet types common in more traditional sports betting markets.
Unikrn is a world-leading gaming, eSports and Entertainment Company co-founded by Rahul Sood, who, up until recently, was the General Manager of Microsoft Ventures. Sood resigned from Microsoft to create Unikrn. A serial entrepreneur, Sood spent 18 years in multiple startups; he founded gaming computer creator VoodooPC, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2006. Unikrn has built partnerships with Hewlett-Packard, Logitech, Razer, Tabcorp, and is continuing to forge strategic relationships in the gaming, eSports and entertainment space. Since November of 2014 Unikrn has raised $10,000,000 from an international group of investors. For more information, please visit unikrn.com, follow us @unikrnco and find us on Facebook.
About Sound Ventures
Sound Ventures is a venture capital firm founded in 2015 by actor Ashton Kutcher and entertainment manager Guy Oseary to opportunistically invest in technology start-up companies.