EiG’s revered Startup Launchpad 2016 includes five shortlisted companies and of these two of them are esports firms.
PVP.ME and GamingBattleGround made it to the shortlist of the event which means they’ve already overcome some considerable hurdles. EiG’s startup launchpad boasts some successful companies as finalists and past winners including Colossus Bets, Fresh8 Gaming and Casino VR.
It’s a difficult competition to win with companies pitching at the EiG, an event attended by in excess of 1500 igaming delegates, but one which can pay dividends with the exposure generated and connections created.
PVP.ME is a betting exchange which was created by Co-Founder Phil Kornyshev, who has written for Esports Insider in the past, and fellow Co-Founder and CEO Yury Kolesnik. Kolesnik will speak and pitch at EiG. He told ESI: “For the past six months we’ve been working on our betting exchange and pricing engine – improving real time stability, adding more live features and various interesting betting markets. We are constantly on the hunt for new competitive esports titles to expand our offering and currently have our sights set on Overwatch.
“We are looking to partner with streamers and tournaments in order to make watching the games more engaging for viewers. We also plan to bring betting to non-traditional games that have a competitive element, yet because of its ‘niche’ status bookies don’t currently offer odds on them.”
He continued: “At EiG we hope to present our product to an interested audience and find partners not only to achieve our fundraising goal, but to create potential synergies with.”
GamingBattleGround meanwhile is an esports tournament organiser, it operates in an increasingly congested space alongside the likes of Toornament and Battlefy. One feature of GBG is that it operates a plug-in service for casinos which allows them to create and host their own tournaments.
The EiG is in Berlin next week between the 18th and 20th October.