PlayVS

PlayVS

PlayVS is a company providing a platform for e-sports competitions for high school students.

PlayVS is a gaming company acting as an event producer and online platform by enabling high schools create e-sports leagues and host virtual and live competitions.

PlayVS directly works with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NFHS Network in rolling out e-sports competition in high schools throughout the United States. The state championship games are played before a live spectator audience and streamed on the NFHS Network.

Delane Parnell founded PlayVS in 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Its investors include New Enterprise Associates, Samsung NEXT, Adidas, and the VC arm of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Science, CrossCut Ventures, Coatue Management and Cross Culture Ventures, as well as Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin, Pindrop Security co-founder Paul Judge and Anthony Saleh, the manager for rappers Future, and Nas.

Since its launch in 2018, PlayVS has raised over $96 million in funding and now offers a competitive infrastructure for four games, including Smite and Rocket League as well as League of Legends and Fortnite.

Timeline

September 18, 2019

PlayVS picks up $50 million Series C to build out high school esports

PlayVS, the platform that allows high school students to compete on varsity esports teams through their school, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series C led by existing investor NEA.

April 2018

PlayVS provides and manages the technical platform that allows high schools in the United States to create esports teams and participate in leagues with neighboring schools.

Funding rounds

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Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
PlayVS funding round, September 2019
50,000,000
September 2019
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Alinn Louv

Employee

Dawid Loubser

Employee

Delane Parnell

Founder and CEO

Heather Shelton

Employee

Josh Pollick

Attorney

Laz Alberto

Employee

Michael Jones

Investor

Peter Pham

Investor

Sean Yalda

Employee

Will S

Employee

Zach Carter

Employee

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

High school esports goes mainstream

Kendall Baker

Web

September 19, 2019

How a young entrepreneur from Detroit disrupted eSports and why Science got on board

Tom Dare

Web

September 16, 2018

How does the PlayVS league work?

In Just One Year, This Startup Got Two-Thirds of U.S. High Schools to Adopt E-Sports

Web

September 18, 2019

Meet the 26-year-old entrepreneur turning high-school gamers into varsity athletes

J.J. McCorvey

Web

November 27, 2018

PlayVS picks up $50 million Series C to build out high school esports

Jordan Crook

Web

September 18, 2019

PlayVS raises $50 million more for high school esports platform

Dean Takahashi

Web

September 18, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Lucas Matney
July 24, 2020
TechCrunch
Gaming has always been one of the world's most massive niches, but as game-streaming and eSports have drifted to the forefront of mainstream culture, it's clear that there's plenty of room left for the industry to expand. One harbinger of this shift has been the widespread adoption of eSports leagues in high schools and colleges [...]
Aubri Juhasz
January 24, 2020
NPR.org
Today, more than 170 colleges and universities offer esports. And there's money on the table -- more than $16 million in college scholarships. Naturally, high schools have followed suit.
Jordan Crook
January 22, 2020
TechCrunch
Fortnite, one of the world's most popular games, will now be an official high school sport and college sport thanks to an LA-based startup called PlayVS . The company has partnered with Epic Games to bring competitive league play to the collegiate and high school level. This also marks PlayVS's entry into colleges and universities. PlayVS [...]
Jordan Crook
September 18, 2019
TechCrunch
PlayVS, the platform that allows high school students to compete on varsity esports teams through their school, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series C led by existing investor NEA. Battery Ventures, Dick Costolo and Adam Bain of 01 Advisors, Sapphire Sport, Michael Zeisser, Dennis Phelps of IVP and cofounder of CAA [...]

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