Google backs Chinese esports platform

Internet company Google has invested in Chinese esports platform Chushou in a move designed to enhance its presence in a market where its search engine is not accessible.

The Reuters news agency reported that Google has formed part of an investment group in Chushou, whose funding has now reached $120m (€100m). Terms of Google’s investment were not disclosed.

According to Reuters, Chushou is used by eight million people and hosts 250,000 live streams per day.

In a statement reported by the Digital TV Europe website, Frank Lin, Google’s head of corporate development in North Asia, said: “Chushou has built an impressive platform, with a dedicated and quickly growing base of content creators and consumers, and smart expansion plans.

“We’re excited to be supporting Chushou through this investment to help them execute those plans, bringing great mobile gaming content to more people around the world."