Backers Inc.'s original offering opened on June 5, 2020 and was completed on May 1, 2021. Except for the Updates section which may contain more recent information, the information on this page was accurate as of May 1, 2021.

Backers Inc.


Backers is revolutionizing eSports competitions by creating crowd-funded prize pools on the Ethereum blockchain. Fans gain a form of equity in the team during the competition and receive their share of the prize pool when their teams win. eSports is only the beginning with Backers as they have their eye on changing the way we fundraise for our schools and communities. The Backers platform is being built to take advantage of current evolutions in distributed finance, including yield farming and staking, allowing our members to grow their savings and put their assets to work.

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Deal Highlights

  • By giving fans ‘equity’ in their favorite team, we turn fans into fanatics
  • Founded by industry veterans
  • Bridging the gap between eSports and De-Fi


eSports teams have fans that number in the hundreds of millions, yet these fans are limited to passively enjoying the streams from their favorite teams. At the same time, eSports teams are looking to increase revenue by further engaging with their fans. eSports teams must invest millions of dollars in franchise fees just to compete and are paying millions per year in player salaries. Recent metrics show that streaming hours for games like Fortnite are beginning to slow down which can cost eSports teams and streamers revenue.



At Backers we solve this problem by restructuring eSports competitions to include crowdfunded entry fees that allow the global audience to participate in the competition by Backing their favorite teams and players.

Currently prize pools are funded by in-game purchases of the global player pool combined with advertising dollars.

With Backers, we add team entry fees to the prize pool and let fans share in the prizes. By backing your favorite team, you gain access to a portion of their winnings in a specific competition or series. As the competitions play out, the prize pools are awarded to the winning teams and their Backers.

We facilitate this using cryptocurrency and smart contracts to secure these transactions.

Our system is designed to convert fiat currency to digital currency, so players can pay with dollars. Once a player backs their team, funds are transferred to a smart contract, similar to an online escrow account, and winnings are automatically distributed as the results of the competition are finalized.

Our system is built on Ethereum and we are continuing to evaluate other crypto platforms to further facilitate our business. By using these systems, Backers never has to take custody of the funds, which saves us from liability.


Business Model

We plan to charge fans a 2.5% transaction fee when they engage with their favorite teams. We plan to charge the fee on top of their contribution. For example, if a fan wants to back a team for $50, they will be charged $51.25. We are building a platform that is designed to handle millions of Backers per competition.

Business model



66% of the U.S. Population are gamers[1] who watch 6 hours of eSports per week[2] and spend $32 per month on in-game purchases[3]. In 2019 880 million viewers watched 10 billion hours of eSports content online[4]. Global Streaming Gaming Market is on track to generate revenue of 3.2 billion by 2023[5]. League of Legends has over 100 million unique players every month[6]. In 2019 over 1 billion hours of League of Legends was streamed on Twitch[7]. The 2019 League Championship Series had 44 million concurrent live viewers, (45% of the 2020 Super Bowl) with over 260 million viewers total. The global eSports viewing audience is approaching one billion viewers. The hours spent watching eSports videos is increasing by 1 billion hours each year[8]. The number of hours spent watching eSports in 2019 reach 6.6 billion hours[9]. A Twitch streamer with 2000 subscribers can earn $5,000 per month[10].


Competitive Landscape

While we don’t believe there are other companies in our industry offering these products, we have seen similar companies have success with similar models in other industries. One such company is, which deals exclusively with poker. There you can ‘stake’ a poker player for a tournament and earn a share of the players awarded prize. Fantasy sports do not offer a direct relationship between the competitors and the fans. Backers creates smart contracts that allow the Backers to engage directly with their favorite teams, gaining equity in the team and prize pool.


We partner with eSports creators and franchises to build platforms that integrate with their existing games and networks. Our “customers” are these companies, yet we provide our services to them at no charge. Rather, we offer them an opportunity to engage like never before with their existing fans and teams. We are confident that our applications will increase their revenue, fan base and branding opportunities. These gaming companies and eSports teams already market to their million of fans and we expect them to bear the burden of advertising their Backers campaigns to their existing fan base. Our services are provided at no charge as our fees are paid by the fans utilizing the platform.


We have been actively developing the Backers Platform to finalize our Phase0 Proof of concept. The Backers platform is live on the Ethereum Ropsten test network. You will need the Ethereum MetaMask wallet and some test Eth, once you have that, visit The contracts are being tested for security vulnerabilities as we prepare for our first real money event on the live Ethereum blockchain.

Backers is hosting its first live real money event in late October. The event will be a poker tournament with the fans ‘backing’ their favorite players to create the prize pool. We will simulate the payout structure from the 2020 League Championship Series. Backers will be matching the prize pool up to $5,000. Stay tuned for details..

We are prepared to take our existing proof of concept and convert it to our minimally viable product (MVP) and launch with an eSports partner within 8 months.

There have been recent breakthroughs in smart-contracts and wallet technology that allow for crowd funding mechanisms to be integrated on major blockchains. We expect to create further innovations in wallet technology with regard to non-custodial financial transactions and in-wallet staking.

Backers Finance
  • Migrate project to Ethereum. - Complete
  • Update smart contract structure that allows for ‘backing’ via crowd-funding. - Complete
  • Establish relationships with eSports franchises or creators. - Ongoing
  • Complete Hackathon to test smart contract structure. - Initializing
  • Establish terms for MVP initial product launch with eSports franchise. - Initializing
  • Integrate Backers application with eSports application via API.
  • Complete Hackathon to test smart contract structure.
  • Launch MVP with eSports Tournament.


Backers was founded by veterans in online security, digital currency and financial technology. Our engineers are insiders who have worked on some of the latest Blockchain developments. Their expertise in full stack and smart contract development have accelerated our development timeline while solving some of the most complex technical issues.

Brian Tinney
CEO & Founder

Brian Tinney has over 20 years of experience in IT infrastructure design and architecture as well as network security and data privacy. Brian has been involved with Bitcoin and other Blockchain applications since 2012.

Matt Smart
Vice President

Smart Software Solutions Inc. is a computer consulting company headquartered in Pierre, South Dakota. The company was founded by Matthew Smart in 2004. Smart Software Solutions specializes in the creation and hosting of web based information management systems, dynamic websites, and custom applications for businesses of all sizes. Smart Software Solutions Inc. has a dedicated team of developers with the motivation and desire to write great software.

Nicholas Bonetto

Nick is a passionate software developer with a business background, and specialize in web development and decentralized applications.

Rodney Recker

Rodney has been functioning as President and CFO of a business consulting firm focused on performance improvement using Lean Six Sigma Training and Deployment, Lean Manufacturing, Supply Chain Optimization, Business Process Reengineering, and Organization

Colton Griffin

Colton’s experience is in developing ERP and supply chain solutions for various industries. He has successfully developed and delivered products to market. He has successfully raised capital and executed his development plan on time and on budget.

Walter Karshat

Walter Karshat is an Innovator and Entrepreneur in Blockchain Technologies, FinTech, Mobile Apps, Wireless Health, IoT and Embedded Communications. Walter graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in both Computer Science and Physics.

Use of Proceeds

If the offering's maximum amount of $1,070,000 is raised:

UseValue% of Proceeds
COO / CFO$72,0006.7%
Marketing Campaign$180,57016.9%
Developer Labor$720,00067.3%
Legal and Regulatory$14,5001.4%
MVP Launch$12,0001.1%
Branding / Social Media$18,5001.7%
Intermediary fees$52,4304.9%


This is an offering of Common Stock, under registration exemption 4(a)(6), in Backers Inc.. This offering must raise at least $10,000 by May 1, 2021 at 12:59am ET. If this offering doesn’t reach its target, then your money will be refunded. Backers Inc. may issue additional securities to raise up to $1,070,000, the offering’s maximum.

If the offering is successful at raising the maximum amount, then the company’s implied valuation after the offering (sometimes called its post-money valuation) will be:

$2 per share
$9,630,000implied valuation

Pitch Deck

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These financial statements have been reviewed by an independent Certified Public Accountant.

SEC Filings

The Offering Statement is a formal description of the company and this transaction. It’s filed with the SEC to comply with the requirements of exemption 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933.

We’re also required to share links to each of the SEC filings related to this offering with investors.

Understand the Risks

Be sure to understand the risks of this type of investment. No regulatory body (not the SEC, not any state regulator) has passed upon the merits of or given its approval to the securities, the terms of the offering, or the accuracy or completeness of any offering materials or information posted herein. That’s typical for Regulation CF offerings like this one.

Neither Netcapital nor any of its directors, officers, employees, representatives, affiliates, or agents shall have any liability whatsoever arising from any error or incompleteness of fact or opinion in, or lack of care in the preparation or publication of, the materials and communication herein or the terms or valuation of any securities offering.

The information contained herein includes forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, which are, in some cases, beyond the company’s control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects the current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties, and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy, and liquidity. No obligation exists to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

More Info


  • Jun 15, 2023
    Hello from Backers™️. We wanted to update you...

    Hello from Backers™️.
    We wanted to update you all on our progress, We are facilitating an upcoming charity NFT drive for The charity drive will open June 27th, you can check out our Discord for more details. You can find the link on our website. Stay tuned for more announcements over the coming weeks.


    Backers Inc.

    Check out our NFT Charity drive for Shoes That Fit.
  • Jan 8, 2022
    Happy new year from Backers! We have exciting...

    Happy new year from Backers!

    We have exciting news, our NFT platform is live on the Rinkeby test network. If you registered your wallet address you can go straight to and mint up to five NFTs. You will need Test Ethereum in your wallet. For instructions or to register, please visit us at

    Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about our first drop and our roadmap for 2022.

    The Team

    Come see what we've been building.
  • Oct 14, 2021
    Attention Backers: We had an issue with our...

    Attention Backers: We had an issue with our registration plugin on our website. We have resolved the issues. Please visit to register and stay up to date on our progress.

  • Jul 12, 2021
    The Backers DAO will authorize and manage the...

    The Backers DAO will authorize and manage the investment strategies for all of the assets contained in the protocol. The returns from the investment strategies will be distributed to the token holders and used to fund the development of the protocol. Once the token launches, we NEVER touch the principal. The Protocol will be funded with 10% of the revenue from investments, 10% to the treasury and 80% to the token holders.

    Shareholders have first access to the token purchase, but you must register.
  • Jul 12, 2021
    Backers will be issuing a token. The BFD token...

    Backers will be issuing a token. The BFD token will be launched to a whitelisted audience. 4 million BFD tokens and ALL of the proceeds from the sale will remain in the protocol. TITAN, DOGE and other failures are caused by the simple truth that NOTHING is backing their token. When the music stops and the selling starts, nothing can stop the token from trading to zero. The Backers BFD token will forever be backed by assets in the traditional & decentralized finance space. The Backers DAO will authorize and manage the investment strategies for all of the assets contained in the protocol.

    Register so that you will be issued tokens proportional to your investment.
  • Jul 12, 2021
    At the time of our initial offering, we had a...

    At the time of our initial offering, we had a longer roadmap that began by leveraging some our work in smart contracts to provide services for the eSports industry. Our next leg was going to be using the eSports success as a doorway into other defi applications. That is where we really expected to show our stuff, by building products and protocols that begin to generate wealth for individuals, their families and their communities. We have decided to accelerate and focus our efforts on what we believe will provide the maximum benefit to our shareholders and community.

    Register for updates.
  • Jun 2, 2021
  • May 1, 2021
    Primary offering finalized, selling 15,753 shares
    Sold 15,753 shares at $2 for a total of $31,506
  • Apr 26, 2021
  • Jan 13, 2021
  • Dec 28, 2020
  • Sep 23, 2020
    Backers is LIVE on the Ethereum Test Network. ...

    Backers is LIVE on the Ethereum Test Network. First, visit and install the Ethereum Wallet. Next, connect to the Ropsten test network, then get some test Ether to back your team, visit and finally, load Backers by visiting

  • Sep 13, 2020
    It has been a busy week in development. We are...

    It has been a busy week in development. We are happy to announce that we have made great progress on the platform and are entering the testing phase. We are building a platform that should scale to millions of transactions. Utility, testing and simulation scripts have been published. UI is next.

    Read more
  • Aug 27, 2020
    We are happy to announce that Aaron Jaramillo...

    We are happy to announce that Aaron Jaramillo will be joining the Backers Team. Aaron will lead the development of our Ethereum based platform. Since 2017, Aaron has worked in the Ethereum smart contract space with a fluency in solidity programming and web3 dapp development. We are 6-8 weeks out.

    Read more
  • Jun 5, 2020
    Primary offering of 535,000 shares at $2

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