LaunchPad City and NoD Coworking to produce series of gaming events at #DSW18

Techstars Startup Week Dallas (formerly “Dallas Startup Week”), returns to the Metroplex April 2nd through April 6th. Gaming, one of last year’s most popular tracks due in part to the leadership of 2017 Track Captain David Fares, also returns to the week-long conference.

This year Chirag Gupta, founder of NoD Coworking, and Kedreon Cole, representative of LaunchPad City, as well as local entrepreneur Jason Sigmon, are teaming up to design and host the Gaming Track events at Techstars Startup Week Dallas 2018. Thanks to this collaborative effort, our local community will now have access to more resources for e-sports players, indie game developers and entrepreneurs in the gaming industry at large.

North Texas is now a trending hotbed for e-sports with major deals taking place between investors and professional e-sports teams such as the recent partnership between Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Complexity Gaming.

Our diverse gaming industry is also made up of some amazingly talented developers and game artists based in Dallas who are creating their own new games from scratch. Who knew that popular games such as Age of Empires, Words with Friends and Quake were created by video game developers right here in North Texas? I interviewed one of the leaders from the Dallas Society of Play (DSoP) to get a perspective on the local indie game developer community here in the DFW area.

“Dallas Society of Play is an open organization for anyone with a game creation interest to come and join, show and play other games from the local indie dev scene,” said Summer Howard from DSoP. “What I love about DSoP is just how welcoming it is. I’ve shown rough prototypes and finished games at the events, and I’ve always gotten valid and precious feedback, regardless of where the project currently was at in development. That open conversation and willingness to help improve the craft of development is what really makes DSoP shine.”

While there is a ton of excitement about the competitive culture of e-sports with tremendous growth in funding for e-sports teams and tournaments, it’s not only about getting more funding and more fans. Summer’s perspective authentically supports that it is really about learning and having fun in a welcoming culture of collaboration and creativity, especially in the indie game developer community.

So whether you’re an investor looking for an opportunity in a new growing market or a programmer who wants to build great games, I hope you’ll come out to the Gaming Track events at Dallas Startup Week to get plugged in.

Upcoming Events

Below are the Official Techstars Startup Week Dallas 2018 Gaming Track events happening at NoD Coworking and LaunchPad City during the week of April 2nd. Register for free. See the full schedule at

Event: A Happy Marriage: Traditional Sports & eSports
Date: April 3rd 1:00PM-3:00PM
Venue: LaunchPad City

Event: Indie Game Dev Studio Founders (Panel Discussion)
Date: April 3rd 4:00PM-5:00PM
Venue: NoD Coworking

Event: Business of eSports, Media, Entrepreneurs & Influencers
Date: April 4th 9:00AM-10:00AM
Venue: LaunchPad City

Event: Infinite Esports & Entertainment Take Over (esports Lifestyle, Training & Innovation)
Date: April 5th 4:00PM-5:00PM
Venue: LaunchPad City

Event: Collegiate eSports
Date: April 6th 1:00PM-3:00PM
Venue: LaunchPad City

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Chirag Gupta

Chirag is a reporter for LaunchDFW, primarily covering hackathons and developer conferences. Twitter is the best way to reach him: @ChicagoGupta