Miguel Bernas, an early investor in esports startup Nexplay, is taking a more active role as president and co-founder as the company prepares for the Series A fund-raising. With headquarters in Singapore, Nexplay is founded by Filipinos and is managing the esports team Nexplay Evos.
As an esports ecosystem startup, Nexplay brings technology, esports teams, content creators and influencers, brands, and fans audiences together. Its network of creators has a cumulative follower base of more than 200 million.
As president and co-founder, Bernas will lead strategy and corporate governance, as well as spearhead fundraising as the company moves toward its Series A investment round.
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A veteran executive and business leader, Bernas brings over 25 years of global media industry experience, having worked with some of the world’s best-known media brands such as television networks MTV, CNBC, Singapore’s Mediacorp, and digital media pioneer Yahoo! He has also led marketing teams in global and Asia Pacific roles at Nokia, Singtel, and PayPal.
Bernas is a veteran executive in both traditional and digital media. Based in Singapore, his work in driving revenue, building brands, and growing audiences have earned him a number of industry accolades in Singapore.
Web3.0, NFTs, and blockchain gaming
“Miguel has been part of our team, backing us when all we had was a prototype and being one of our earliest investors,” said Gabriel Benito, founder and CEO of Nexplay. “To have him step up into a more active role and bring his global media experience to Nexplay will be a huge benefit to the team.”
Already operationally profitable with revenues growing at 150% year on year, the gaming tech startup is looking to bolster its esports ecosystem and enhance its professional esports teams and content creator offerings to brands and advertisers.
“The games industry in the region and in the Philippines is at an inflection point,” said Bernas. “Aside from further expanding our esports ecosystem, we also plan to venture into the high-growth area of Web3.0, NFTs, and blockchain gaming. In the same way that games leaped from arcades to the home, from desktop devices to mobile handsets and from offline to online, blockchain technology will be the next revolution in gaming.”