Swiss eSports start-up attracts Louis-Dreyfus twins as investors

Billionaires Maurice and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus joined Ovation eSports as seed investors. Ovation, founded in 2020 and based in Zurich, accompanies and develops athletes on their journey to become leading eSports players.

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus caused a stir recently when he became owner of the football club AFC Sunderland. He and his twin brother Maurice, born 1998, are the sons of Margarita Louis-Dreyfus and the late Robert Louis-Dreyfus who were also active in the professional sports business as owners of Olympique Marseille and shareholders of Standard Lüttich. According to Forbes the family are worth over CHF5 billion. Maurice and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus have now joined Ovation eSports as seed investors

Maurice Louis-Dreyfus commented: „Being part of a family with long-standing ties to professional sports, and myself having grown up with video games, it was a natural extension for us to move into the Esports market. The principals of sustainability and innovation at the heart of Ovation made them a perfect fit. We look forward to supporting them in developing their vision of becoming a sustainable, vibrant and leading player. We believe that by leveraging Ovation’s know-how and expertise combined with our experience in traditional sports, we have a very solid foundation to achieve our goals.”

Ovation eSports is a Swiss team with players from the DACH region. OVA was founded February 2020 in Zurich. The athletes build the core of the organization. The aim is to accompany and develop athletes on their journey to become leading eSports players by creating a personalized plan for each athlete to help them reach their goals efficiently and sustainably. These targets go beyond good rankings in eSports disciplines. They include their education, their health in general and their social media presence – to just name a few. According to its website Ovation has already build the biggest and fastest growing eSports community in Switzerland with an international reach.

Patrick Gobonya, Co-Founder Ovation eSports, said: „After weighing up various options, we are more than happy to have found the perfect fit for us. With Maurice and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus we were able to gain two young, committed entrepreneurs for our project, who understand eSports and want to promote and sustainably shape the eSports market on a national and international level. Their existing engagements and projects in professional sports result in many synergies that we from now on explore and utilize together.

(Press release / SK)Picture: Maurice Louis-Dreyfus, Patrick Gobonya, Kyril Louis-Dreyfus (from left to right)