Esports data start-up DOJO Madness has today announced that it has raised a $6m (£4.8m) Series A II round. This means the total amount raised by the company now stands at $12.75m (£10.2m). DOJO has a range of data driven products, such as its SUMO coaching apps, Shadow SaaS platforms and its newly acquired Coaching marketplace, and this money will be used to build on and expand these. The capital will also be used to bring these products into new regions starting with Southeast Asia. The financing round was led by Raine Ventures, the venture capital arm of The Raine Group, with help from Kakao’s K Cube Ventures and existing investors such as March Capital and DN Capital.The Berlin based DOJO Madness team Jens Hilgers, the CEO of DOJO Madness stated: “Raine Ventures is an excellent fit for DOJO Madness because of their specific sports and entertainment focus, as well as their access to Asia. Asia is a key market for us as we continue to execute on further scaling our products, and Raine, with its network of relationships and deep partnerships, will be an invaluable partner to us.”“Many popular esports titles exhibit a very steep learning curve. DOJO’s products improve the experience and engagement of players in their favorite games, and as such, are equally of great value to publishers,” added Blair Ford, Venture Partner of The Raine Group. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with such an experienced and passionate team.”Esports Insider says: Jens Hilgers’ company continues on its impressive growth trajetory which began in 2014. Data will play an increasingly major role in all things esports as the industry grows and DOJO are well placed to capitalise.
The fallout over Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s purported racial comments continued Sunday as the NAACP announced he would not be honored with an award next month as planned, and encouraged its Los Angeles chapter to take back a previous award he received from the organization in 2009.The announcement came as a new piece of audio recording purporting to depict Sterling engaging in a racist rant became public, on the heels of another recording published late Friday by TMZ.Prior to the release of the recordings, Sterling was scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP at its 100th anniversary gala on May 15. He preciously received a lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles NAACP in 2009.“Let me make it clear, the NAACP will not be honoring Mr. Sterling at the upcoming Los Angeles branch event and we have strongly urged our Los Angeles unit to take the necessary steps to rescind the previous award they bestowed on him,” NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller said in a written statement. “The remarks attributed to Mr. Sterling are outrageous and remind us that racism is alive and well at every socioeconomic level,” Miller said. “With the election of President Obama, many were sold the idea that the United States would be instantly transformed into a post racial society and racism would be eviscerated. People who bought that idea were sold wolf tickets.”NAACP Chairman of the Board of Directors Roslyn M. Brock added that Sterling’s alleged recent statements, along with others made by other celebrities, draw attention to a wider problem in American society.“The current political climate in our nation has set the stage for the blatant bigotry we are seeing from the likes of public figures like Donald Sterling, Ted Nugent, Cliven Bundy and Phil Robertson,” she said. “As Justice Sotomayer acknowledged in her dissent in Schuette v. BAMN, racism cannot be wished away and must be confronted. The NAACP will remain vigilant in pointing out and fighting against racism in all its forms to ensure it does not infect the next generation of Americans.”Hours before the Clippers were set to face off against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of their ongoing playoff series on Sunday, the website Deadpsin released an extended version of a recording initially made public by TMZ allegedly depicting team owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks to his girlfriend.The new 15-minute-long recording posted on Deadspin.com appears to pick up where the previous 9-minute-long video, posted late Friday by TMZ, left off. “Don’t come to my games. Don’t bring black people and don’t come,” the man purported to be Sterling is heard saying in the newly released audio.The recording made public Sunday was purported to be a continuation of the same April 9 argument with his girlfriend, identified by TMZ as V. Stiviano. In both recordings, the man identified by TMZ and Deadspin as Sterling, is heard telling the woman not to bring black people to Clippers games or post pictures of herself with black people on her Instagram.The woman reminded him that the Clippers roster is primarily black.“I support them and give them food and clothes and cars and houses,” said the man alleged to be Sterling. “Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them?”“Who makes the game?” he continued. “Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?”But he maintained in the recording that he is not a racist.“There’s no racism here. If you don’t want to be walking into a basketball game with a certain person, is that racism?,” the voice alleged to be Sterling said. “We don’t evaluate what’s right and wrong. We live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that culture,” he said. “I don’t want to change the culture because I can’t, it’s too big…”The argument in the recordings stemmed from a picture the woman had posted of herself with Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who has since vowed never to return to a Clippers game so long as Sterling is the owner.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver promised an investigation into the TMZ recording Saturday, adding that the NBA needed time to look into the situation and the authenticity of the recording before taking any potential action against the owner.Silver said Sterling had agreed not to attend Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. playoff game in Oakland, which the Clippers lost by 21 points. They play again Tuesday at Staples Center. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error