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Adam Chapnick:

Hey, everybody. It's me Adam Chapnick. I'm here at ICO Investor.tv. And I'm happy to have with me Mr. Alex Kokhanovskyy, the CEO and founder of DreamTeam.gg as in "good game." Thanks for being with us.

Alex Kokhanovsk:

Thank you.

Adam Chapnick:

So, tell us about DreamTeam. What is it? How did you get it started?

Alex Kokhanovsk:

Okay. So it's pretty simple. So, 50 percent of my life I dedicated to eSports and to competitive gaming in general. I've started as a semi-professional in StarCraft late 90s then I came up with Counter Strike, and I became a professional player in Counter Strike. I participated in the first World Cyber Games. It was 2001 through a career as a professional player.

And then I was a team manager. There was a team manager of [inaudible 00:05:47] CEO of Navi which is one of the most popular and one of the most successful eSports team on the planet. And last year, me and my partner, we raised 100 million dollars investment from US and Holdings, and we build years for us. Yeah, that's the third biggest eSports entity on the planet.

So utilizing all this experience, all my knowledge, all these 17 years ... you have 50 percent of my life. I've been facing numerous issues which never been resolved. And those issues are appearing on the competing market. And imagine if you will just translate into our real life, imagine how you want to take an interview without the microphones and cameras. How you want to hire people without CVs or without recruiting website or how you want to grow your company with no management tools.

So all those 300 million gamers daily asking the same questions but in their gaming sphere and asking how I can form a team. How I can find a good manager, coach, or teammates. How I can find a group with practice games or a list of tournaments which I can play this evening.

Those questions appear in my head as well. It was my experience as well. And we came up with the DreamTeam. That's infrastructure project for eSports and gaming ecosystems where basically we are solving [inaudible 00:07:11] 300 million gamers who wants to build, grow, manage, and monetize their teams.

And the reason we're kind of blockchain and smart contract technologies, we have unique opportunity to build one-of-a-kind platform and payment gateway like PayPal for eSports. And we are connecting players, teams, tournaments, and sponsors in one platform.

So like in a real sports, sponsorship sales, media right sales, transfer marker, player salaries, tournaments prize money, everything coming through DreamTeam using our DreamTeam toolkit.

Adam Chapnick:

Wow. So that's a couple things you're tackling. [crosstalk 00:07:44]

So if I wanted to get into eSports. That I was just getting in, and I was like, "Oh, I think that I got what it takes. I'm going to start semi-pro." Let's not go pro. But I don't want to play with just my brother, whatever, he's no good-

Alex Kokhanovsk:

You want to play a little bit higher.

Adam Chapnick:

Yeah. So-

Alex Kokhanovsk:

You'll kick his ass.

Adam Chapnick:

Yeah. That's right. So how would I interact with what you're building?

Alex Kokhanovsk:

So it's really simple. So every gamer ... we can say this like, majority of the games, they are competitive. They are team-based games. Just like in real sports, team-based games are much more popular than the single one-on-one games.

So if you want just, as a usual player, you are starting your career just for fun. And then you are understanding that's you're doing really good. And you right now already harming players, yeah, kicking their asses on the server. And then you're trying to make this first leap. Your first step whether you're switching from novice to amateur. And that's the hardest step because there is just no understanding you need to do it.

So DreamTeam is the only one solution. You're coming with the DreamTeam. You are [inaudible 00:08:56] forming your own team, either joining existing team which is like sort of a recruitment platform. Yeah, so like saying, "Hey. This team is requiring such as good guys you as a number one player on the server." Then you're growing as a part of the team or you are starting your own team and trying to recruit players. Then you're recruiting players. Then you're recruiting manager, coach. Then you start to using the platform to find a good practice games for tournaments. Just the list of the tournaments.

And then you want to, for example, whenever you need to manager your team. And we are providing comprehensive tools for team management, scouting, coaching, analytics. So basically providing only one solution like IMDb. You know, whenever you come into IMDb, and you have all movies, all ratings, all reviews, everything in one place. So that's how we're ultimate solution.

But the most important part kicks in whenever ... okay, you're growing your team, you are amazing, and then you want to monetize it. And that's where the magic of smart contracts comes. So we are saying that eSports is fast-growing, booming market. And whenever it's rapidly developing, but it's still highly fractured, insecure, and non that structured. So it requires more safety.

Whenever I was a progamer, we've been playing with my team, sometimes not getting paid the prize money. I come to an event, and we get completely shutted down. And they were saying, "We will pay you tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow." And then disappear.

Sometimes, when our prize money got paid, that's majority cases. That's a good point. Teams are not paying to their players. And their just saying, "Okay. Players, thank you very much." And disappearing. And if you are sponsored, how you want to scout your entry this market? How do you want to sponsor eSports event or eSports team?

And that's where it's the DreamTeam kicks in. So basically those teams we want to monetize, but they can search for the sponsorship deals. They can sell their media rights. When you are a small team, you can basically transfer your players, buy and sell players, and at the end of the day you can pay the salaries, bonuses, everything. So it's like a full monetization ecosystem.

Adam Chapnick:

A programmed currency. Amazing. So are you guys issuing an ICO around this?

Alex Kokhanovsk:

Yeah. Right now we are doing an ICO which will be like the first phase kicks in ... on the presale [inaudible 00:11:18] starts on December 7th and December 10th. And the main sale will be on December 11th and to December 14th, I think that's correct.

Adam Chapnick:

So do you have any advice or any things you've learned in this process of ramping up to the ICO? What has it shown you?

Alex Kokhanovsk:

Oh, I think it's just the challenge that you need to take. I think the market is changing so fast. And imagine if we can compare the ICO raising like six months ago with now, it's like completely different. Yeah, so market is getting more mature. But the overall ... the crypto hype is changing. Yeah, so everybody moving from ICOs with everything to Bitcoin or Ethereum and then go back. So you just need to follow this one.

I think to get decent ICO, despite on the market changes, you need to have a decent product and good idea. Second, good team, partners, advisory boards. And you need to understand how to implement the blockchain and smart contract in your idea. Or you just want to tokenize, I don't know, send or [tennis 00:12:28] players. That's the thing that's going on right now. And I think it's not that suitable for a blockchain market.

And moving forward and the last but not least, I think you have a good business plan. So is it not only your idea or you can monetize, make the money out of it.

Adam Chapnick:

Got it. So in your experience, what was something that you found that was different from what you understood going in in terms of the ICO part of itself? Or was everything exactly what you expected?

Alex Kokhanovsk:

No. Everything is changing. Look at the market right now. You have a thing over here, a major ICO that had just not getting any kind of [inaudible 00:13:03] of their investment from the trial sale. But it's kind of squeezing into the presale. And I think that's the market a little bit tired of this all. We're having amount of the ICOs. So many projects which will never ever have a product ready or even getting a decent token return.

So I think people right now understand they should dedicate more time, more effort to find these good one ICOs. And the good one to talk about that really raising every month. Like 15, 20, 25, 40 million dollars. But they are only couple of them, yeah? Back in the days it was dozens each month.

So I think the landscape is changing, and you need to be be smart. You need to always have a look on the things that's kind of under the gun and try to hedge the risks. If you cannot find the money on the [inaudible 00:13:56] sale, go to the presale. If you are in the PR, just hire some agency. Don't try to do it by your own hands. It's like things that you need to explore all the time and keep your hand in the pool, so.

Adam Chapnick:

Great. Well, thanks so much for sharing all of your insights about it and letting us know more about you.

Alex Kokhanovsk:

Sure.

Adam Chapnick:

It's been great to learn.

Alex Kokhanovsk:

Likewise.

Adam Chapnick:

And best of luck with everything you guys are doing.

Alex Kokhanovsk:

Thank you very much.

Adam Chapnick:

Alright. Thanks, Alex.

Alex Kokhanovsk:

Thank you.