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Nexplay appoints early investor as new president and co-founder

By AJ Chua
Published January 31, 2022

Filipino tech startup Nexplay appoints early investor Miguel Bernas to a more active senior leadership role as president and co-founder.

According to Nexplay, Bernas is backed by 25 years of experience in the media and entertainment business and expertise in both traditional and digital media. He has worked with big brands such as MTV, CNBC, Singapore's Mediacorp, and digital media pioneer Yahoo! He has also led marketing teams in global and the Asia Pacific roles at Nokia, Singtel and PayPal.

"Miguel has been part of our team, backing us when all we had was a prototype and being one of our earliest investors," said Gabriel Benito, CEO and Founder of Nexplay. "To have him step up into a more active role and bring his global media experience to Nexplay will be a huge benefit to the team."

The newly-appointed executive, whose work in the past revolved around driving revenue, building brands, and growing audiences, will be leading Nexplay's strategy and corporate governance, as well as spearhead fundraising as its moves towards its Series A investment round.

Branding itself as Southeast Asia's premier esports ecosystem company with revenues growing at 150 percent year on year, Nexplay is looking to bolster its esports ecosystem, enhance its professional esports teams and content creator offerings to brands and advertisers, and enter high-growth areas.

"The games industry is at an inflection point," said Bernas. "Aside from further expanding our esports ecosystem, we also plan to venture into the high-growth area of Web3.0, NFTs and blockchain gaming. In the same way that games leaped from arcades to the home, from desktop devices to mobile handsets and from offline to online, blockchain technology will be the next revolution in gaming."