Startups Watch: Year in Review 2022

Portoken(POR)
2 min readMar 24, 2023

While we complete the first quarter of 2023, let’s take a look at the Startups Watch 2022 Annual Report to see how far the gaming industry has come.

In the right graph, we see that the gaming industry has the biggest part on its own alongside the Getir. According to the annual report, the top 3 investments reached 1 billion 144 million dollars in total. Apart from the top 3 investments, 449 million dollars too was invested in Turkey. Even though 56% part of the investment consists of Getir, the rest of it consisted of gaming and fintech deals. On the other hand, you can see the top 3 brands which are invested most.

You can see the graphs divided by deal size and by deal count. In the first graph, the hot topics of 2022 were grocery delivery, gaming, AI, SaaS, and marketingtech by deal size.

However, in terms of deal count fintech, SaaS, gaming, AI, and marketplace were the hot topics of 2022.

In 2022, the gaming industry and fintech verticals broke all-time records in their respective verticals in terms of investment amounts! On the other side, the metaverse was the fastest-growing vertical with a huge increase which is 700% in deal count compared to the previous year.

In the next section, we see that Türkiye became the fourth most invested country in relation to game deals in 2022 with 362 million dollars.

In the last picture, we clearly see that the gaming industry has become the most founded vertical by entrepreneurs in Türkiye for 4 years in a row.

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