One of the largest E-sports organisations in the World.
Founders: Jack Etienne (CEO), Paullie Etienne
Equity Raised: $73 million
Estimated 2018 Revenue: $22 million
Lead Investors: Valor Equity Partners, Founders Fund, Craft Ventures
Cloud9 (C9) is an American esports organization, which fields teams in Rocket League, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Super Smash Bros. Melee, H1Z1, Fortnite, Clash Royale, Overwatch, Rainbow Six: Siege, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Rules of Survival.
The company competes in various esports leagues, and just like traditional pro sports, better performance from Cloud9 teams bring in increasingly lucrative sponsorships, like its deals with Red Bull and HP. 2018 was a banner year, with championships in top games like Counter-Strike and Overwatch. Now it plans to build a 20,000-to-30,000 square foot training facility in Los Angeles and expand its popular merchandising line (mousepads, headsets, jerseys).
Cloud9 has since grown into one of the largest esports organisations in the world, gaining thousands of followers across social media daily. Cloud9 currently sits at #7 on the list of biggest esports organisations by social media following.
What’s the Difference? Innovation:
Cloud9 tops from a competitive standpoint, its North American LOL team made its sixth-consecutive appearance this year at the World Championships, the longest streak of any team in the esport. In July, its London Spitfire became the first ever champion of the Overwatch league. Cloud9 is leading esports industry worldwide.