Manatt Digital is sponsoring the Esports Startup Launchpad contest as part of Naruscope’s Esports & Casino Resorts conference at the SLS Las Vegas Casino and Resort on October 25 and 26. Entries must be submitted no later than October 4, 2016.
Designed to explore what creative minds are developing in the emerging esports industry, the contest is searching for innovative businesses to be judged by an expert panel of thought leaders. Finalists will pitch their business ideas live at the Esports & Casino Resorts conference. The winning startup will receive a $50,000 service package from Manatt Digital and Narus Advisors. Esports-focused startups at any stage of development can apply, but companies must have at least a minimum viable product built. For full details, visit www.naruscope.com/launchpad.
“Esports continues to gain incredible momentum from both the investment and startup communities, and the pitch competition will highlight some of the latest innovations in the space. At its core, the esports industry has been propelled by ongoing technology disruption and devoted community engagement, and we are excited to help showcase the opportunities in the space to not only the casino industry, but also to investors and brands at the inaugural Naruscope event,” said Eunice Shin, managing director of Manatt Digital.
“The esports sector is a thriving hive of passion and creativity,” said John Caldwell, partner, Narus Advisors. “We’re excited to collaborate with Manatt Digital on the Startup Launchpad as part of our Esports & Casino Resorts event, and give a boost to a startup that exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit of the esports space.”
The Esports & Casino Resorts conference looks to bridge the gap between commercial gambling and esports industries. Sessions will feature executive voices from the esports industry alongside speakers with direct experience integrating esports and gambling. Topics include: nuts-and-bolts breakdowns of esports event hosting, connecting virtual reality to esports and gambling, how esports events can bring new customers into tribal and regional casinos, potential direction of regulated esports gambling, whether esports is the answer to skill-based gaming, a survey of the investment landscape for esports, and practical strategies for maximizing an esports fan’s casino visit — for both the casino and the fan.