NumberFire acquisition by FanDuel adds to the GiGse and EiG Start-Up LaunchPad track record

NumberFire acquisition by FanDuel adds to the GiGse and EiG Start-Up LaunchPad track record

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Totally Gaming

NumberFire joins a group of LaunchPad winners and finalists, such as BlueBat Games, Element Wave and Imperus, that underwent a series of acquisitions and partnership deals, following their debut at the competition.

Start-Up LaunchPad, the iGaming’s Dragon’s Den (US Shark Tank for the GiGse edition), was first staged at EiG in Barcelona in 2008 and since then has been a constant feature at Clarion’s leading iGaming event in Europe. The format was then brought to Clarion’s US facing show, GiGse in San Francisco, CA, where it draws from the city’s investment and technology vibe.

Since its inception, the LaunchPad has every year showcased both B2C and B2B real-money and social gaming start-ups, hopeful to disrupt the world of gaming with their product or technology offering. "The LaunchPad has now become the cornerstone of innovation," says LaunchPad’s Chair and start-ups’ mentor, Melissa Blau. "GiGse 2013 finalist BlueBat Games has been recently acquired by Novomatic, GiGse 2013 winner Imperus (back then ISIS Lab) acquired Diwip Technologies  in a US$100 Million deal and EiG 2013 winner, Element Wave, are now one of the more successful mobile solutions providers to the sector. I think it’s safe to say that the success of its finalists only shows how influential it has been in introducing start-ups to the wider gaming community."

EiG 2014 winner, Fresh 8 Gaming, has had a series of pivotal partnership deals since their appearance at the LaunchPad in Berlin. Andrew Sharland, Fresh 8 Founder and MD commented: "The LaunchPad was instrumental in allowing us to showcase our personalised display platform to the sports betting industry. Being in front of such an influential group of iGaming decision-makers and investors helped both deal flow and investment reach. We are looking forward to sharing our progress at EiG 2015."

"It’s that track record that convinced GamCrowd to partner up with Clarion, the LaunchPad organisers, to provide a more structured support to the gambling start-ups that more than others need information on financing, licensing and promotion," commented GamCrowd’s CEO, Chris North. "We are looking forward to this year’s LaunchPad taking place at EiG in Berlin on 22 October. We have already seen some great submissions and still receiving more until the deadline of 31 August."

EiG 2015 Start-Up LaunchPad will take place as part of Excellence in iGaming in Berlin on 20-22 October. Start-ups interested in participating in the competition can view the submission criteria on http://www.eigexpo.com/start-launchpad. Submission deadline is 31 August 2015.

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