Join Jay Blac and Smack and interact with battle rap’s biggest stars and preview NOME X live battles.\n
Fri 7/10 @ 5p ET | 2p PT
URL Face Off: NOME X
Tune in for interviews and watch Loaded Lux, Tsu Surf, Daylyt, Tay Roc, John John Da Don, Ill Will, Mike P, Th3 Saga, and the Ultimate Madness finalists square off before their battles.\n
Sat 7/11 @ 5p ET | 2p PT
URL Presents NOME X: Live Battles
Watch battle rap’s biggest live event. Featuring: Tsu Surf vs Loaded Lux, Daylyt vs Tay Roc, John John Da Don vs Ill Will, Mike P vs Th3 Saga, and URL’s Ultimate Madness Finals. Live and free, only on Caffeine.","press_contact_1":"
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Caffeine (www.caffeine.tv) announced today that Cox Enterprises, Fox Corporation and Sanabil Investments have co-led a $113 million Series D investment in the company. Existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock Partners also participated in the round.\n
Caffeine is a new kind of broadcast company focused on the creation and distribution of live, interactive entertainment. The company launched out of beta last November and added two million new registered users over the last year as it developed new, interactive entertainment content. The additional capital will be used to fuel continued growth and rapid onboarding of the world's best entertainers.\n
In February, Caffeine entered into an exclusive partnership with Drake, a collaboration that brought Ultimate Rap League (URL) to the platform. The opening stream “Genesis,” drew 140,000 battle rap fans. Since then, hundreds of thousands of battle rap and hip-hop fans tune in live to its virtual battles, weekly shows, and tournaments.\n
“Caffeine connects entertainers with world-class technology so they can create content that is authentic and connects culture and community,\" said Caffeine founder and chief executive officer Ben Keighran. \"We see this week over week during URL's live battles where tens of thousands of people are experiencing something live and new together.”\n
Caffeine is reimagining live streaming. For a better user experience, the real-time platform delivers low-latency viewing and interactions. Typically sub-190-milliseconds, Caffeine streams are often 15 seconds to a full minute faster than other streaming platforms. Caffeine also has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, hate speech and racism. This is supported by a multi-level moderation system that integrates automated filtering with human moderators and an empowered community that helps self-regulate. Caffeine’s business model is built around in-app purchases that reward creators with “Props” shared during streams. Together, it leads to fresher, more relevant content and unique partnership opportunities for content creators.\n
Caffeine streams a variety of culturally relevant entertainment content. URL launched a series of recurring shows, including “Virtual Battles” that aired during shelter-in-place, the weekly battle rap talk show, “URL Primetime”, and “Ultimate Madness”, an ongoing battle rap tournament series. Recently, Caffeine launched shows featuring recording artists Deetranada and Roy Woods, a new show from Headkrack about battle rap and hip-hop culture, “Gloves Off” and The Leader’s “Eric B. and Rakim 30th Anniversary Special,” a show honoring “Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em.” New streams coming soon include: URL’s “NOME X,” a night of high profile battles featuring top-tier MCs, to Caffeine for free on Saturday, July 11.\n
Caffeine streams a variety of Fox Sports and entertainment content, including Big East basketball, Bundelisga soccer, Formula E races, the FOX SOUL channel, and Anidom Beyond with host and comedian Andy Richter. Additionally, Fox Sports hosts Joy Taylor and Rachel Bonnetta stream their own weekly shows, “Joy Chat” and Bonnetta’s “Worst Cooking Show Ever.” Recently, Caffeine partnered with Fox to help raise millions for pandemic relief through a stream of the “iHeart Living Room Concert For America.”\n
Caffeine is a new kind of broadcast company focused on the creation and distribution of live, interactive entertainment, gaming and sports content. Our social broadcasting platform makes it simple for people to create their own shows and watch new interactive content with friends. Caffeine has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, hate speech, and racism. Find Caffeine in the App Store and Google Play. Learn more at www.caffeine.tv.","press_contact_1":"