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HappyHour partnership with Clemes strengthens igaming VC position

| By Rochelle Piggot
HappyHour.io, a leading investment firm in the igaming industry, has announced the appointment of Ben Clemes as investment portfolio partner. In this role, Clemes will accelerate the growth of current investments while spearheading the expansion of the portfolio with promising startups poised to shape the future of the industry.

Clemes joins HappyHour.io from Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), a company he co-founded alongside Robin Reed, managing partner of HappyHour.io. During his tenure at GiG, Clemes held various influential positions, including chief commercial officer, chief business officer and general manager of GiG North America. Notably, he played a pivotal role in establishing Guts.com, one of GiG’s flagship operator brands, as well as the platform business GIG Core, and its expansion into the North American market.

With over 16 years of comprehensive experience spanning casino operations, user experience (UX), business development and commercial success in the online gaming realm, Clemes brings a wealth of expertise to HappyHour.io. Prior to his online gaming ventures, he spent six years in Las Vegas working across various properties. Clemes will return to the US, with a base in San Francisco, and will work with North American-based startups, investors and partners in his new role.

“It is a privilege to be joining the team at HappyHour and working alongside such inspirational thought leaders and pioneers in the igaming industry while supporting the brilliant minds of teams and individuals that are changing the way the industry is evolving. I am really excited to jump in and support these future giants of igaming with my years of diverse experience and finding more companies of tomorrow to support and grow,” said Clemes of his appointment.

Robin Reed echoed Clemes, stating: “Working with Ben again is immensely gratifying, given his remarkable track record of growing startups into robust and prosperous businesses. With his vast experience and deep understanding of the industry, coupled with his visionary outlook, Ben is the ideal custodian for our current investments and future portfolio companies. His addition to the HappyHour.io team is warmly welcomed.”

HappyHour.io remains committed to driving innovation, supporting emerging talent and fostering the growth of the igaming industry. The appointment of Clemes as investment portfolio partner further solidifies their dedication to nurturing the industry’s next generation of trailblazers.

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