The European iGaming Congress & Expo (EiG) Announces 5th EiG LaunchPad and the Judging Panel
EiG, the European iGaming Congress & Expo, has now opened submissions for its fifth annual LaunchPad taking place on16-18 October 2012, at the Fira de Barcelona Granvia, Spain.
During EiG’s highly-competitive LaunchPad initiative, startups seeking to gain exposure and thrive in this multibillion-dollar industry will have the opportunity to display their wares and connect with high-level 1,700-plus delegates, gaming executives, regulators, investors, and a select panel of judges whose vote will evaluate their outcome. The finalist participants also have the chance to showcase their company at the Startup Zone with a stand on the EiG Expo floor.
This year’s judging panel is comprised of a mix of investors and industry veterans on the hunt for ‘the next big thing’ in gaming. It includes Edward Pfeiffenberger, Managing Director of Venatus Interactive and investor in the LaunchPad 2010 winner, Passoker; Phil Cronin, industry veteran and founder of one of the most successful bingo sites, Tombola; Uri Levy, VP for Business Development of Playtech, responsible for the company’s M&A activities and Mark Blandford, founder of Sportingbet and a known investor in the iGaming space.
“Several of my investments came about as a result of connections made at EiG. The start-up LaunchPad is the best industry opportunity for me to spot new trends and interesting companies,” Mark Blandford commented on his continuing involvement in the Startup LaunchPad.
The Startup LaunchPad was first created five years ago to spotlight innovation in the European iGaming and has successfully expanded its global editions with the recent successful foray into the heart of Silicon Valley at Clarion’s North American event GiGse. With the support of the LaunchPad partner NVPR, even savvier VCs and investors took note of the LaunchPad’s relevance in the marketplace.
The addition of the format received widespread press in the US, ranging from social media press luminaries like Mashable and VentureBeat, to the esteemed business outlet Reuters, and many other publications in between.
Additionally, Startup LaunchPad participants receive press attention and garner mindshare. Three of the four past EiG winners have either raised the capital they were seeking, or partnered with industry giants shortly after winning. This was not just true exclusively for the winners: Crowd Park who was just a runner-up at EiG 2011, for example, also raised capital shortly after participating at LaunchPad.
The EiG LaunchPad is open to all gaming startups that offer innovative solutions to the iGaming sector, whether on the B2B or B2C basis, that include, but are not limited to, areas such as game software, mobile and the sought-after social gaming.
Applications to the LaunchPad must be received before Friday, September 7, 2012 at 4.59 p.m. GMT. Interested startups can submit their applications at www.eigexpo.com.
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(Las Vegas) -- If Facebook were an actual street, it would give the Las Vegas Strip a run for its money. Slot machine maker WMS Gaming announced Wednesday it was joining...
article Waukegan-based WMS forms online gaming unit
(Illinois) -- WMS Industries Inc., announced Tuesday the formation of Williams Interactive LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that will focus on the growth, development and...
article WMS establishes i-gaming subsidiary
(Illinois) -- WMS Industries has announced the formation of Williams Interactive to advance its i-gaming products and services.
article Poker Site Skillbet Claims To Be Legal In 28 US States
(USA) -- There is a new online poker site in town, and it claims to be legal in not one but in 28 states, that also includes Colorado. It was just over a year ago, when...
article UK Contributes To Global Mobile Betting Growth
(UK) -- A new report released this week by Juniper Research highlights the incredible growth of mobile betting around the world. The report shows that over $13 billion...
article Betable offers game developers real-money gambling
(UK) -- Persuading players to pay real money for virtual goods represents the biggest challenge for developers and publishers pursuing the “freemium”...
article Betting On Betting: Gaming Play Betable Raises Big Seed Round
(UK) -- Chris Griffin thinks there’s money to be made in gambling. Lots of money. Griffin is the founder and CEO of Betable, a London-based startup that wants to...
article Bwin.party hit by predictable Euro 2012 results as tax rises
(UK) -- BWIN.PARTY Digital Entertainment, the world’s largest listed online gaming group, said yesterday that a run of predictable results in the Euro 2012...
article Angels ante up for Betable’s real-money gaming
(UK) -- Betable today launched its real-money gaming platform in private developer beta. In addition, it announced a seed round from investors including Greylock...
article Betable allows social games to add real money gambling
(UK) -- Social games are often addictive like gambling but so far, they don’t generate nearly the same kind of revenue. But that’s about to change.
article Betable launches real money games platform
(UK) -- Betable today revealed its real-money games platform, a private developer beta test and an undisclosed amount of seed funding. Founder and CEO Christopher...
article Betable Launches the World’s First Real-Money Gaming Platform and Announces Top Tier Investors
(UK) -- Greylock Discovery Fund, FF Angel LLC and True Ventures' Investment in Betable Signals the Silicon Valley's Confidence in Real-Money Gaming Betable...
article Gambling add-on offered to app developers by Betable
(UK) -- A US-run company has launched a software kit that will allow developers to add real-money gambling features to online games and mobile device apps.
article Startup to bring real-money bets to social games
(UK) -- Online social games could get a shot of real money with a new platform launched by a startup on Monday. The new platform to allow real-money bets on almost any...
article Why Investors Are Gambling On Betable Even Though It's Illegal In The U.S.
(USA) -- This morning a U.K. startup called Betable announced that it has figured out how to attach real money to social games in a secure way.
article Will Developers Ante Up for a Gambling API?
(UK) -- A new API aims to capitalize on the social gaming phenomenon by giving app developers an even better way to monetize their audiences. Rather than simply selling...
article Phantom EFX founder talks casino game company’s history, acquisition
(Iowa) -- Aaron Schurman fell in love with casino gaming at a young age and decided to bring the concept home. His company, Phantom EFX, became known for creating casino...
article 888 Signs New Deal and Releases New iPad App
(UK) -- There have been two important announcements from 888 Holdings in the last week. The first is a new deal with WMS Gaming Inc to offer an online poker product to...
article Playtech Licensees Make Headway In Spanish Market
(UK) -- The global developer and licensor for top online gambling products, Playtech announced this week that its products are advancing into the Spanish online gambling...
article 888 Positions Gaming in US
(UK) -- The parent company of 888 Poker has entered a new agreement which is its 2nd one with a gaming firm based in the United States. 888 Holdings Plc is aiming to...
article 888 Holdings, WMS Gaming form poker partnership
(Nevada) -- 888 Holdings Plc, the parent company of 888 Poker, has signed its second deal with a U.S. gaming company, as the British-based online gaming company expands...
article 888 Continues US Push With Slot Machine Giant Deal [sub req'd]
(USA) -- Resurgent online gaming firm 888 has secured another potentially lucrative tie-up in the US after linking up with one of the country’s biggest casino slot...
article 888 Enters into US Online Poker Contract
(Illinois) -- 888 Holdings, the leading London-listed online gambling group, has announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with WMS Gaming Inc, a group with...
press release WMS Gaming and 888 Holdings Form Strategic Alliance to Provide Online Poker Solutions for U.S. Casino Operators
(Illinois) -- WMS Expands Online Gaming Presence with Agreement to Market and Distribute to Domestic Casino Customers 888’s Online Poker Platform for Optimal...
article Golden Nugget launches free onling gambling website
(Atlantic City) -- An Atlantic City casino is looking to win the race to be the first in the resort to offer online gaming. Golden Nugget, Inc. And Landry's, Inc....
article Golden Nugget launches online gaming site
(Las Vegas) -- Tilman Fertitta’s Golden Nugget Inc. and Landry’s Inc. have launched GoldenNuggetPoker.com, a free-play poker website. The site uses Bally...
article ANALYSIS: How To Play The Legalization Of Online Gambling
(Wall Street) -- Delaware's legislature on Wednesday passed a law that would legalize a full range of online gambling within Delaware's boundaries. This marks a...
article Alderney Gives OMI Mobile Gaming Licence
(Alderney) -- The Alderney Gambling Control Commission this week granted a license to Swedish mobile casino games developer OMI Gaming, putting the company on its list...
article Ladbrokes issues profit warning on weak revenues
(Las Vegas) -- Ladbrokes PLC, which recently acquired 65 percent of Stadium Technology Group in Las Vegas, issued a profit warning Thursday because of declining revenues...
article Shuffle Master drops planned purchase of European online gaming company
(Las Vegas) -- Shuffle Master abruptly dropped its $28.5 million acquisition of Ongame Network Ltd., a European-based provider of online poker products.
article Shuffle Master drops plans to buy Ongame Network
(Las Vegas) -- Slot machine and gambling table maker Shuffle Master Inc. said Wednesday that it no longer plans to acquire Ongame Network Ltd.
article Shuffle Master drops purchase of online poker company
(Las Vegas) -- Casino games maker Shuffle Master Inc pulled out of a deal to buy online poker company Ongame Network Ltd, saying poor economic conditions in Europe would...
article Shuffle Master folds plan to buy Internet poker company
(Las Vegas) -- Citing the slowing European economy, Las Vegas-based casino supplier Shuffle Master Inc. today said it canceled its deal to buy Internet poker company...
article BoyleSports Signs New Agreement with Net Entertainment
(UK) -- BoyleSports and Net Entertainment recently signed an agreement which will see Net Entertainment, one of the leading online gambling software developers, start...
article Owners of Station Casinos venture to online poker
(Las Vegas) -- The owners of the Station Casinos chain in Las Vegas are launching a free Internet game site as they look toward the legalization of online gambling.
article Fertitta Interactive Gearing Up For Online Poker
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada online poker applicant Fertitta Interactive LLC will launch a free-play poker game this Friday on Facebook, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported...
article Fertitta Interactive launching online Ultimate Gaming
(Las Vegas) -- Fertitta Interactive LLC on Tuesday announced it will launch its real-money and social gaming company, Ultimate Gaming, an online gaming business it has...
article Owners behind Station Casinos launching free online gaming site
(Las Vegas) -- The owners behind Station Casinos in Las Vegas are launching a free online gaming site this week, beginning with a poker game the developer calls the most...
article Cantor Gaming signs mobile gaming deal in California
(California) -- Cantor Gaming has entered the tribal gaming market in California. The Las Vegas-based company said Friday it has reached a deal to provide mobile gaming...
article Cantor Gaming brings mobile gambling to California
(California) -- Cantor Gaming, which operates sports books in several Las Vegas casinos, announced today that it is entering the California market. Cantor struck a deal...
article Four companies ink Internet poker deals
(Las Vegas) -- Ongame Network Ltd. and Shuffle Master Inc. have reached agreements to make Ongame's Internet poker system available through systems operated by Las...
article Myspace Co-Founder Dabbles in Online Poker
(California) -- Iconic Myspace co-founder Tom Anderson is involved with social gambling startup RocketFrog, which launched a Facebook app Monday. The company is the...
article Slots maker WMS Industries buys Swedish gaming company
(Illinois) -- Slot machine maker WMS Industries increased its capabilities to provide Internet gaming content and technology by acquiring a Swedish-based online casino...
article WMS buys online gambling game developer
(Illinois) -- Waukegan-based WMS Industries, a maker of casino gambling machines, said Monday it acquired a developer of online gambling games.
article WMS strengthens iGaming capability with Jadestone acquisition
(Illinois) -- Swedish online gaming developer Jadestone Group has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by WMS Industries. WMS said the strategic acquisition would...
article BLOG: CSR’s Weekly Recap, US States Wants Online Poker and Legal Disputes
(USA) -- CSR's Weekly Recap, Online Casino Bonuses, Huge Jackpot PayoutsAlright guys, apologizes for the not getting out the recap sooner, but better late than never...
article Riviera casino embraces bingo, creates online link
(Las Vegas) -- The Las Vegas Strip's only bingo room is going virtual. The Riviera Hotel and Casino is launching a partnership with Buffalo Studios, the company...
article EAST COAST GAMING CONGRESS: Internet gambling to change the landscape of the gaming industry forever
(Atlantic City) -- Internet gambling is set to forever change the landscape of the gaming industry, according to leaders in the field, a state senator and others who are...
article EAST COAST GAMING CONGRESS: U.S. Casinos Urged To Tap European Online Expertise
(Atlantic City) -- European companies are poised to share their expertise with American casinos as soon as online wagering is legalized in the United States, but there...
article From Slots to Web Gambling / For CEO Hart, a Battle to Revamp the Slot-Machine Business
(Las Vegas) -- Yahoo Inc. YHOO -0.65% board member Patti Hart, fresh from the controversy that led to Scott Thompson's ouster as Yahoo's chief executive, has...
article Asia, Internet Expansions Stretch U.S. Gambling Regulators
(Mississippi) -- Partnerships being formed by American gambling companies in international markets and for Internet gambling are testing the ability of U.S. regulatory...
article WMS signs licensing deal with Konami for online content
(USA) -- Konami Gaming Inc has entered into the online gambling space for the first time following the signing of a licence agreement with WMS Gaming, under which the...
article Gibraltar Promotes E-Gaming Specialism In US
(California) -- The Gibraltar government has sought to improve relations and expand on business opportunities with United States regulators, operators and businesses,...
article Shuffle Master Is "All In" For Online Poker
(Wall Street) -- Judging by its acquisition strategy in recent years, Shuffle Master (SHFL) sees the world as its oyster. In 2010, the maker of casino equipment entered...
article Conflict of Interest with IGT Internet Gambling
(Nevada) -- Despite the many rumors and news concerning the legalization of internet gambling in the United States of America, there is no specific or certain date of...
article Ready for net gains / Law firms see business bump amid push toward online gaming
(Las Vegas) -- Ask any gaming attorney in Las Vegas if they think Congress will pass a bill legalizing online poker anytime soon, and the answer you'll get is no.
article WILLIAMS: The real potential of US online gaming
(USA) -- U.S. online gaming could spew cash like so much milk from a Wisconsin cow. But the operative word here is "could," even though most U.S. brick-and-...
article Bet on the net: Online gambling boost for William Hill
(UK) -- Bookmaker William Hill said yesterday that the growing popularity of online betting helped first-quarter profits jump 19 per cent.
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