Paktor Umbrella M17 Entertainment Raises $25 Million in Funding Round

M17 Entertainment, the parent company of Singaporean dating platform Paktor, has announced it secured $25 million (USD) from a funding round featuring Temasek Holdings-linked Pavilion Capital.

Investors include Hong Kong gaming company Mad Head, Stonebridge Ventures, and multiple existing shareholders.

The company says the new money will go towards improving technical aspects of the service, as well as introducing new features.

In addition, some of the funds will be allocated for persuading top streaming talent to join the site.

M17 has said that it expects to secure more funding soon, with annual turnover set to reach $180 million (USD).

The private fundraising comes after M17 shelved an IPO earlier this year. The IPO had raised just over 50% of its target at the time of cancellation.

There was some scepticism at the time around the revenue model, as a few generous video gifters account for a large proportion of the company’s income.

Fellow streamers The Meet Group have seen great success this year introducing a similar product to European markets. LOVOO recently expanded across the continent, driving up run rates at a significant percentage each month.

Momo stock has just taken a hit, however, after its Q3 earnings call put out uninspiring projections in the Chinese streaming space.

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Scott Harvey

Scott is the Editor of Global Dating Insights. Raised in Dorset, he holds a BA from The University of Nottingham and an MSc from Lund University School of Economics and Management. Previously he has written about politics, economics and technology for various online publications.

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