I remember the day we started Hitbox as if it was yesterday. It was early 2013 – Rene and I were in a room much too large for two people. We were lucky enough to get the old Google office for free for a couple of months. Right in the center of Vienna, Austria. Rene Weinberger, a genius coder and avid gamer and I, coming from the financial industry for nearly 10 years and both of us having hundreds of days of playtime in Quake, Counter-Strike and WoW. Gamers at heart.
We were excited to create something unique, something people would love. A technology connecting people in real time, to stream and talk about everything gaming. A social network in which both streamers and viewers could celebrate good times together. We added Markus to our founding team, a brilliant product designer and strategist.
I vividly remember many of the late nights… and weekends, which were normal working days for us. Thousands of lines of code later, we launched the platform in September 2013. At the same time we received our initial investment through our long term partner SpeedInvest and kicked off.
We were lucky to bring in super talented people who made our dream their dream. Their passion, their loyalty in good and bad times, their dedication to gaming and towards the community is something I had never experienced before.
And we wouldn’t be here without you – our community. You are our foundation. We made mistakes, messed up some things, but we listened and continued to work hard. Together we grew Hitbox to millions of active users.
Today, I am happy to announce that we have been acquired by Azubu. This might come as a surprise to many of you. But I can assure this is a great opportunity. We chose Azubu because with them we can continue to do what we love most: create great technology for gamers and esports fans. Azubu’s new CEO Mike McGarvey and his team share our values and long term vision and they believe in the community as we do.
Together with Azubu, we’ll be able to scale our service, expand the team and infrastructure, and most importantly, continuing to grow and support you, the amazing community at Hitbox.
So what will change? Hitbox will continue to exist separately for the time being and take care of users & partners as usual, to provide you with the tools that help you create the most interactive broadcasts around. Together, Hitbox and Azubu will launch a new platform, focused on optimizing the mobile user experience and monetization technologies, strengthened by our internally developed technologies, technical partner relationships and a passionate team dedicated to pushing the boundaries of video game live streaming.
I want to take the opportunity to thank each and every single member of the Hitbox community for getting us to where we are today. There is no way we would be here without you guys. I also want to take the time to specifically thank our investors SpeedInvest, Wargaming, AWS and our great business angels who supported us through our growing pains and stumbles.
I am so proud of the team at Hitbox. Thank you for everything. This is just the beginning of something new, even better. I couldn’t be more excited. Let’s rock!
-Martin Klimscha, Hitbox co-founder & CEO