One of the biggest boom areas in digital entertainment – with both players and fans of the best betting apps UK – esports is never too far away from the gaming news headlines. Be it strategy forums, or discussions centering around the latest releases and updates, the burgeoning esports industry is trending upwards at an ever more impressive rate.
In recent years one of the major subjects for debate, which keeps on cropping up in Reddit forums and elsewhere, is how exactly to go about finding new teammates. With the scene now being more competitive than ever before, finding allies of similar skill levels can be close to the number one requirement for those seeking to climb the gaming ladder.
At present, the service at most games extends to little more than in-game search bars aimed at instant gaming rather than the forging of longer-term alliances. However, that may all be about to change thanks to a new Software as a Service (SaaS) platform set to be provided by the UK-based LF.Group.
Founded by Alexey Moiseenkov, Dmitry Beseda, Alexander Karetin, and Stas Kapinus, LF Group has already made a splash with their LFG Discord bot centered around the Travelling Merchants tracking function in Lost Ark, and partnerships with high-profile streamers and guilds in World of Warcraft.
Turning to the latest step in the development of the business – which has raised $1m in pre-seed funding in partnership with UK and Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, Grishin Robotics – the aims are perhaps best summed up by two of the business’s founders.
Alexey Moiseenkov stated, “Online games helped me become a stronger leader and drastically improved my decision-making. In high school, I was already among the top 200 World of Warcraft players in the post-Soviet space, and to date, I have almost 9600 hours spent playing. We know first-hand how difficult it is to team up with like-minded people who can take you to the next level within your favorite game” Dmitry Beseda added, “Most of the solutions we compete with today are the in-game search bars or looking-for-group threads on forums. They are either built for instant gaming or lack the wide range of parameters for selecting new players for your team.”
So what can players expect from the LF.Group, which already boasts over 50,000 individual gamer profiles and a waitlist of 200 teams looking to recruit new players. Currently, the business aims to help players form teams across three of the most popular games – League of Legends, World of Warcraft, and Lost Ark, although plans are already in place to expand the service to encompass other games.
Taking World of Warcraft as an example, Guilds are able to create a community page complete with customizable filters, enabling guilds to search for new players using a range of customizable filters. Application forms can also be created, complete with detailed questionnaires which, in combination with a live player chat facility, can help both existing teams and new players come together. With plenty more to come, including news feeds, an AI helper, and community support, this looks set to be a hugely popular development in the gaming community.