Submitted by Folake Dosu on Tue, 08/13/2019 - 02:37

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Performative analytics startup Statespace announced last week that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, TechCrunch reports. FirstMark Capital led the round, with Expa, Lux Capital and WndrCo also participating. In total, Statespace has raised $4 million.

With its team of neuroscientists, data scientists, video game developers and computer visionaries, the New York-based company focuses on training the next superstars of gamers through AI. It emerged from stealth with Aim Lab as its debut product, which enables players to practice their skills and identify areas for improvement in their gameplay. 

Aim Lab is on track to reach the 1 million user mark soon, as the company makes plans to standardize how gaming talent is evaluated. Statespace is partnering with the Pro Football Hall of Fame for “The Cognitive Combine,” to realize its goal of creating a "combine" unique to esports. Ultimately, Statespace wants to offer a universal metric that publishers, colleges and esports organizations can use to measure talent, while also helping gamers be matched with fellow players at their level.

“We want to go a level beyond your kill:death ratio. Those metrics greatly depend on factors like who you’re playing with. You won’t always be matched against players who are on an even keel with you. So we want to look at fundamental skills like hand-eye coordination, visual acuity, spatial processing skills and working memory capacity.”

“We want to go a level beyond your kill:death ratio,” co-founder and CEO Dr. Wayne Mackey told TechCrunch. “Those metrics greatly depend on factors like who you’re playing with. You won’t always be matched against players who are on an even keel with you. So we want to look at fundamental skills like hand-eye coordination, visual acuity, spatial processing skills and working memory capacity.”

In addition to gaming, Statespace is eyeing the opportunity for its platform to have broader applications. TechCrunch reports that the company is currently rolling out an Aim Lab product designed to help stroke patients recover and rehabilitate.

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