LAS VEGAS, Aug. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Oct. 25 and 26. Entries must be submitted no later than Oct. 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.
To learn more and to register for the Esports & Casino Resorts conference, visit: http://naruscope.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies looking to reach an audience at the intersection of esports and gambling. Contact [email protected].
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, is one of the nation's leading law and consulting firms, with offices strategically located in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento), New York (New York City and Albany) and Washington, D.C. The firm represents a sophisticated client base — including Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies — across a range of practice areas and industry sectors. The Manatt Digital team of business strategists and advisers serve clients across the global digital media ecosystem, with integrated expertise in media and entertainment, technology and advertising. The team is focused on developing relevant and effective strategies and building partnerships that accelerate growth, promote innovation and enhance enterprise value. For more information, visit www.manatt.com.
About Narus Advisors
Specializing in esports, DFS, and regulated online gambling, Narus Advisors provides clients with a roadmap to expand their revenue, audience and brand presence. The agency was formed by gaming and entertainment industry veterans John Caldwell, Chris Grove and Steve "Chops" Preiss. Collectively, the partners bring diverse yet complementary experience to every client engagement, including high-level business strategy, content creation and promulgation plans, driving sales and sponsorship, and guidance through emerging markets. For more information, visit www.narusadvisors.com.
SOURCE Manatt Digital