SVG Sit-Down: VENN Co-CEO Ariel Horn Provides Update on Gaming-Lifestyle Network, What’s Ahead for ‘MTV of Gaming’ – Sports Video Group

SVG Sit-Down: VENN Co-CEO Ariel Horn Provides Update on Gaming-Lifestyle Network, What’s Ahead for ‘MTV of Gaming’ – Sports Video Group


New partnerships, new focus on short-form content are key for young 24/7 network

Since launching in August, VENN (Video Game Entertainment and News Network) has steadily made a name for itself as the first 24/7 gaming, esports, and entertainment network. However, although “Gaming’s Answer to MTV” secured $26 million in Series A round financing, it is still looking for more-consistent viewership across its linear and VOD programming — especially since gaming and esports hit an all-time high as millions continue to quarantine at home during the pandemic.

VENN Co-CEO Ariel Horn

With that in mind, VENN has inked a series of distribution partnerships – including deals with Nexstar, Microsoft, The Roku Channel, Plex, and LG, Samsung, and VIZIO smart TVs — and announced a full slate of new programming for 2021,
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