Upsight was created earlier this year as the product of a merger between PlayHaven and Kontagent. Now, the company has decided to shed the advertising side in order to focus on Kontagent’s marketing business.
Andy Yang, Upsight’s CEO, outlined two main reasons for the decision to sell off the ad network: focus and neutrality. Upsight has benefitted from the combination of PlayHaven’s marketing tools and Kontagent, and now it’s ready to go all-in on its analytics roadmap.
“We need to be a neutral party,” Yang said. “Having our own ad network introduces some conflicts of interests.”
Science Inc. and Upsight will continue to work together for the long-term, as both parties will be able to send their clients to the other for analytics or monetization help. “We see this as the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership,” Yang said.
While Upsight will take a short-term hit in profits by selling off its ad network, the company will now only have to deal with a single business model. The lump sum from Science will be invested back into Upsight’s product as it expands to verticals beyond gaming.
“We felt keeping the ad network was going to continue to slow us down,” Yang said. “Long-term this is much better for us financially than the structure we had previously.”
On Science’s end, the startup studio brings in-house another component that it needs for its companies. PlayHaven will merge with Science’s existing ChirpAds business as it eyes how to improve distribution and behavioral targeting for its portfolio. PlayHaven also benefits from having a largely millennial user base, a demographic that Science has gone after aggressively with companies like Dollar Shave Club.
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