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Digital storage company OpenDrives is planning a move into the lucrative world of esports and gaming and has hired former Activision Blizzard post production lead André Rievers to help lead the effort.

OpenDrives is a backend storage provider for some of Hollywood's biggest studios including WarnerMedia, Disney, NBCUniversal, Dreamworks, Paramount, Netflix and the Los Angeles Kings hockey team.

And it already has three hot names in gaming – Santa Monica-based Riot Games, Culver City-based esports team 100 Thieves and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games – as clients. OpenDrives raised $20 million in January.

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As the entertainment industry comes to rely on high-powered cameras, rapid rendering and new workflows that require sharing across vast networks, professionals are increasingly getting bogged down dealing with IT issues.

OpenDrives, a provider of network-attached storage solutions, hopes to help solve that problem. It announced it has closed a $20 million Series B round, led by IAG Capital Partners, on Thursday.

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