Live e-commerce sports card streaming platform Loupe expanded its platform to Android devices Thursday.
Designed to streamline the experience of participating in box breaks, Loupe offers breakers the chance to live stream and sell cards to collectors on a nightly basis. Collectors can enable push notifications to know when breaks are happening and what products are being offered. There’s a social aspect as well, with collectors able to chat live about the hobby. Watching the live stream and purchasing are all done through the app.
The company launched on iOS last October and secured $3 million in funding in January. Investors include Upfront Ventures and Nat Turner, the new chairman of Collectors Universe, parent company of PSA.
“I’m thrilled to finally release Loupe on Android. It’s one of the biggest milestones I’ve been eyeing since we launched,” says Loupe founder and CEO Eric Doty. “Our team has seen all the tweets and messages over the past few months. We know that Android has been the number one request from collectors who have been waiting to join our passionate community.”
Loupe says it has seen increases in month-over-month revenues exceeding 50 percent since its launch last October.
“As a lifelong collector, I have the utmost respect for the value that Eric and his team bring to the hobby,” Turner stated. “Loupe’s early stage growth has been nothing short of incredible, and it’s exciting to watch every step in this company’s journey. Their approach to tech-enabled tools and fostering a passionate community will prove to be an important asset to the sports card collecting hobby.”
PSA will become the official grading partner of Loupe with additional details surrounding the partnership between Loupe and PSA revealed in the coming months.
Loupe is available as a free download on iOS and Android devices. As of now it’s available only in the U.S., with plans to expand to Canada soon.