From the bustling boroughs of London and the sunshine-splashed beaches of Lisbon, Malte Barth is known to subtly saunter into the offices of BITKRAFT Ventures, where he modestly reigns as the Founding General Partner. Back in 2014, Malte thought it'd be a jolly good idea to guide the growth of Modern Times Group, so he grabbed the Esports reins and, 'lo and behold, ended up growing the company into a veritable cornucopia of esports. This glorious portfolio, brimming with bigwigs like ESL, DreamHack, ESEA, and others, caught the eye of someone with very deep pockets, fetching a cool 1.5 billion USD in 2022, as casually as finding a tenner down the back of the sofa.
Now, don't let his humble exterior fool you. Malte has been quietly making waves in the esports sector, holding board roles at ESL and DreamHack with the subtlety of a ninja. Not to mention, he's been working EQT, a heavyweight private equity firm, since 2010. It's almost as if he enjoys wearing many hats. Or maybe he just likes the hats.
BITKRAFT seems to be Malte's playground since 2016, where he's taken a punt on 28 early-stage investments across the globe. From the tech-crazed avenues of Asia to the high-tech highways of the Americas, he's got his fingers in many pies, all while juggling video games, entertainment, and technology sectors with the grace of a seasoned juggler.
Now, let's rewind to when Malte was just 15, already fiddling code with his first PC while at the same time, he decided to throw himself into the world of skating, windsurf graffiti art - because who says tech nerds can't be street cool? Did we mention he has a degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Management from Nordakademie? Yes, that's right, Malte has got the dyslexic brains to boot. He's been beavering away in the media, video games, entertainment, and technology spaces for over 25 years, quietly influencing the industry and modestly making an impact. But, despite his achievements, you wouldn't catch him making a fuss about it. He just continues on, gentle as a lamb, subtly steering his companies, and making us all look like underachievers.