August 29

LaunchPad City and Stadia Ventures hold incubator for esports startups

first_imgHow does an esports company get its footing? A simple question with an infinite amount of possibilities. Venture capital firm, Stadia Ventures is hoping to answer that for startups entering the esports space.  Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Stadia currently holds accelerators (incubators) for startups focused on traditional sports. During these accelerators the firm not only assists with financial investment but provides mentorship and business education to the emerging companies. While the accelerators are currently focused on traditional sports, the magnitude of interest in esports made it clear to the firm that replicating the same model for an esports accelerator was necessary.Tim Hayden, Co-Founder of Stadia Ventures talked to Esports Insider and said expanding to esports is a no-brainer:Tim Hayden, Stadia Ventures“In our sixth [traditional sports] cohort with 300+ applicants about 10% – 15% were actually esports.“The revenue numbers came out recently for 2017 and the entire sports industry plus sporting goods combined was about $149bn (£112bn) while the entire esports and video game industry was $147bn (£110bn). It’s literally happening under everyone’s noses without people knowing it. Two years ago we hosted a panel on the power of esports with 300 guests and it boggled their minds the power of esports and what’s going on in the video gaming community so it’s easy for us to just leverage that next piece. In a way, each of the companies we deal with all have the same business issues and that’s kind of what we’re seeing for esports as well.”Spring 2018 accelerator alumni Gamerz Arena, a platform for viewers to compete in contests across a variety of games for cash and prizes.As Stadia began to explore the idea of holding a dedicated esports accelerator the firm didn’t look to the west coast, the essential esports capital of the United States, but instead to Frisco, Texas.In partnership with LaunchPad City, the firm held a traditional sports cohort in the summer of 2017 and witnessed the esports potential growing in Frisco. Five years ago you may have heard of Frisco, Texas and thought nothing of it, especially in relation to esports and gaming. Now, as a city just 30 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth, Frisco is one of the largest growing cities in the United States thanks, in part, to gaming. Gearbox Software, Infinite Esports and Entertainment, and compLexity Gaming all call the city home and with a team in every major traditional sports league, Frisco and Dallas-Forth Worth is a prime area for new technology and innovation solutions for startups in sports and esports.Kedreon Cole, LaunchPad CityKedreon Cole, Director of Esports at LaunchPad City said: “People who consider themselves ecosystem builders believe that Frisco and the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area will become a major esports hub that continues to attract top business talent and large capital investments in the space over the next few years.”The Stadia/LaunchPad accelerator will receive around 300+ applicants for the fall cohort and of those only 10 will be invited to Frisco for a “Shark Tank style” panel with veteran esports professionals and experts. From then, about five will be chosen to participate. The accelerator itself will last 14 weeks and aside from investing $100,000 (£75,300) into each company Stadia will provide business development advice, assist with market strategies, financial modeling and assistance from mentors to learn how to take their product to the next level.When the 14 weeks are completed, each startup “graduates”, but companies aren’t simply sent out into the world on their own. Stadia continues to support them with resources and mentorship after the accelerator ends.Hayden told Esports Insider no company really leaves the Stadia Ventures family: “I’m Italian so what we tell all of our accelerator companies ‘once you’re in the family, you don’t really leave [laughs].“Our goal is to get them to an area where they can move on to the next phase of their life. We have an entire alumni program that’s setup with a full staff and our network is always open to them even after graduation. We do road shows around the country where all the companies in our portfolio can interact.  We’ve been around for about two and a half years and we’ve already had two successful exits which usually take around four to five years.”Esports investments are announced ever so often now, and there are still companies with potentially groundbreaking ideas looking to break into the space but without the capital or means to do so. As Stadia Ventures and LaunchPad City use the same model from their traditional sports accelerators in the past, the forthcoming esports cohort will be a welcome opportunity for these unknown companies. Who knows, the next big esports company might just emerge out of this very program.last_img read more

August 28

Preview: Bologna vs. Lazio on Joy Sports and Adom TV

first_imgLive Italian Serie A action continues on Joy Sports and Adom-TV on Multi-TV this evening when Lazio, fresh off their derby win over Roma, take on Bologna, themselves still basking in the euphoria of their first win since March!After delivering Bologna’s first win of the season on his debut, new Rossoblu boss Stefano Pioli will hope to catch Lazio in the throes of a post-derby hangover.Sacked by Palermo in pre-season and only offered the Bologna job when Davide Ballardini turned it down, Pioli took charge of the Felsinei for the first time at Novara on Sunday.As luck would have it Novara were the opponents he had been preparing Palermo to face before Maurizio Zamparini’s axe fell, and that revision paid off at the Stadio Silvio Piola when his new team picked off their hosts on the counter attack, emerging as 2-0 victors despite spending long spells under pressure and having just 43 per cent possession.As important as it was to break their duck, Bologna still have work to do to recover from the dire start made under Pioli’s predecessor Pierpaolo Bisoli. They remain in the relegation zone and losing to Lazio could mean ending the weekend bottom of the League.Bologna had been waiting since March for a Serie A win, but Lazio had been waiting since April 2009 for a Rome derby win. It finally arrived on Sunday night when Miroslav Klose broke 10 man Roma’s resistance in the 93rd minute at the Stadio Olimpico. The wild celebrations the players, Edy Reja and Olimpia the eagle indulged in under the Curva Nord showed how much ending Roma’s dominance meant to the club as a whole and to Reja in particular. He had lost all four of his derbies as Lazio Coach and was the butt of Francesco Totti’s jokes during the during the build up.The veteran strategist is hoping that Sunday’s result will have won over the fans whose jeers, abuse and death threats brought him to the brink of resignation last month.“After this win, I hope that we can calm the atmosphere and make peace with certain sections of the fanbase. Let us look ahead, for we are a point behind the Serie A leaders.”In team news, Bologna playmaker Alessandro Diamanti is still struggling with the injury he picked up in Novara.Lazio’s squad is fit and ready for the journey to Emilia Romagna, all though there are concerns over an injury to star striker Miroslav Klose. Lazio hope to have in-form striker Miroslav Klose available again for tomorrow’s trip to lowly Bologna. The prolific Germany international missed Thursday’s Europa League 1-1 draw at FC Zurich with a muscular injury and is fighting against the clock to make the match.Klose’s absence would be a blow for coach Edy Reja with the former Bayern Munich star having been pivotal for Lazio this season.Coverage of Bologna vs. Lazio begins at 6:15pm on Joy Sports and Adom TV on Multi-TV.For comprehensive highlights of all Serie A action and action from the other top European Leagues watch the Football Show on Monday at 7pm only on the Joy Sports Channel.Credit: Multi-TV Sports Desk/ read more

August 28

F1 Brazilian Grand Prix practice: UK start time, live stream, TV channel and race schedule from Sao Paulo

first_imgBRAZIL is the next stop on the Formula One circuit in the penultimate race of the season.Lewis Hamilton’s second-place finish in USA two weeks ago was enough to see the Brit claim his sixth drivers’ title, with Valtteri Bottas securing the runners-up spot.It was a Mercedes double celebration in USA, as Valtteri Bottas won the race in Austin, but Lewis Hamilton secured his sixth championship titleCredit: AFP or licensorsCharles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel will all be vying for third place, with only the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to come this year.When is Brazilian F1 Grand Prix?The 20th Grand Prix of the season will take place on Sunday, November 17.The lights will go green at 5.10pm UK time – that is 2.10pm in Sao Paulo.The race is being held at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, otherwise known as Interlagos.Lewis Hamilton has won two of the last three Grands Prix in Brazil, but Sebastian Vettel is looking to go level with Michael Schumacher and Carlos Reutemann on four wins. Alain Prost remains the record holder for most victories in the South American country with six.What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?The Brazilian Grand Prix will be shown live on Sky Sports F1, throughout the three days of action.Coverage of the race is underway from 3.30pm on Sunday.Sky Sports customers can live stream the action via the app on their computer, mobile and tablet devices.Alternatively, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.What is the race schedule?All times are GMT (UK time)Practice 1: Friday, November 15 (2pm)Practice 2: Friday, November 15 (6pm)Practice 3: Saturday, November 16 (3pm)Qualifying: Saturday, November 16 (6pm)Race: Sunday, November 17 (5.10pm) 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Source: Motorsport – 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING DayZ Amazing Mods ~ More Cars, More Guns, More Gore! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017last_img read more