Who Are Canada’s Game-Changing eSports Startups Dominating the 2023 Industry?

Welcome to this edition of CanadaVenture.news, where we shine a spotlight on some of the most innovative and exciting startups in the Canadian eSports landscape. In this feature, we will delve into the fascinating world of eSports and unearth fifteen of the most compelling startups from coast to coast. These companies are pioneering new strategies, technologies, and initiatives within the realm of eSports, each with its own unique approach to augmenting the gaming landscape as we know it.

From technically advanced, user-friendly apps and online platforms carving out new spaces for gamers to interact, to companies blazing a trail for women in eSports, these Canadian startups showcase the diversity and ingenuity inherent in this fast-growing industry. While eSports have become a global phenomenon, Canada has been home to a burgeoning eSports scene — a testament to the country’s growing tech economic prowess — where these startups have played a pivotal role in its growth and development.

So, without further ado, let’s embark on a journey to discover these tech pioneers, taking a close look at their revolutionary services and products. Each startup will be illustrated with a brief bio that reflects their dynamic contributions to Canada’s eSports sector and beyond.

Stadium Live Studios

Stadium Live Studios is a start-up ingratiating the sphere of digital playgrounds for sporting and culture enthusiasts. Founded by Kevin D.H Kim and Paul Xu, Stadium Live Studios concentrate on targeting Generation Z with its eSports, fantasy sports, and social networks, all revealed through their mobile apps.

OverActive Media Group

Together, Adam Adamou and Babak Pedram established OverActive Media Group, an integrated global esports and entertainment organization, strategically focusing on multiple eSports titles, grooming them for a widespread gaming audience.


Jill Kenney, Jonathan Bixby, and Stephanie Peloza set up Paidia, an eSports platform for women gamers. Catering to all skill levels, the startup aims to nurture women’s participation in online competitions, espousing inclusivity in eSports.

Award Pool

Offering cutting-edge services merging cryptocurrency, eSports and software, Award Pool were formed by Ahmad Al Jamal, Alex Falconer and Brenda Cohen. Their service helps manage and gamify customers’ experiences with NFT’s, which can be viewed on the startup’s website.

Eon Media

Eon Media, launched by Ashish Agrawal, provides sponsors and content providers with precise ROI data for their sponsorships. They concentrate on eSports, sports, media and entertainment fields, integrating their services with video streaming.

Brickhouse Ventures

Brickhouse Ventures, under the leadership of Evan Kubes, Matt Hoffar, and Spencer Smyl, is a technology venture that invests in early-stage sports, eSports, and entertainment companies. Visit the Brickhouse Ventures website to learn more about the startups in its portfolio.


Arwina Mogul envisioned Beam.gg, an online community management software for the esports and gaming space, catering to a range of platforms, from apps and mobiles to software and video game development.

Amuka Esports

Founded by Aaron Meckler, Amuka Esports focuses on creating local esports hubs in cities across North America, providing a consolidated community-driven platform for gamers.

Alberta Esports Association

Established as a non-profit organization, the Alberta Esports Association is dedicated to aiding the organization of esports events and connecting with local gaming communities in Alberta.

Esports Tickets

Arwina Mogul also founded Esports Tickets, a free-to-use event platform for gaming and esports events, delivering more ease and accessibility to esports ticket sales.

Versus Reward

Versus Reward, the brainchild of Daryl Hemingway, has developed platforms through its website for sports fans to enjoy sports events, predict outcomes, and win along with their favorite sports teams.


Co-founded by Jim Ko, John Kim, and Kevin H, Insights.gg offers a platform specifically designed for gamers, offering collaborative coaching tools for professional development in the eSports industry.


Nick Bideshi’s Blue/Meta seeks to make digital experiences more accessible for medium businesses, optimizing technology to enhance the customer experience. Blue/Meta is positioned in various sectors, including brand marketing, CRM, digital marketing, and eSports.

TGS Esports

Spiro Khouri is behind TGS Esports, a community eSports centre serving players of all skill levels to watch and compete year-round, fostering a rich, inclusivity-centered gaming environment.

Emote AI

Last but not least, Emote AI offers an unprecedented service in the industry, providing mental health analytics, insurance, and clinical services for eSports athletes and teams, underscoring the holistic support necessary in this fast-paced industry.

In conclusion, each of these fifteen startups exhibits a vibrant vitality, contributing to the burgeoning eSports scene in Canada while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of what’s possible within the sector. It’s evident that the future of eSports in Canada is in capable hands with these innovative startups leading the way — today and beyond.

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