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WTF is Esports? Esports is one of the hot buzzwords in the entertainment market. Companies seem to be pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into building esports arenas, gaming lounges, and other location-based entertainment venues catering to the burgeoning esports market. Bob Cooney opens with an overview of the market and its growth along with definitions we can agree on to frame the conversation.
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Bob Cooney crams his 30 years of entrepreneurial experience into a handy, and thoroughly enjoyable guidebook to launching a VR product. A must read for anyone looking to enter this growing but increasingly crowded marketplace.
“Amazing! A very straightforward, no BS look at what needs to be done to be successful when launching an LBE startup.” - Anne McKinnon – VR Voice
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An 8X entrepreneur with thirty-five years of experience launching emerging technology companies, Bob Cooney is widely referred to as the world’s foremost expert on location-based virtual reality.
An Inc. 500 CEO with a successful NASDAQ IPO, Bob is the go-to-market strategist behind many of the world’s most successful immersive entertainment products. Cooney mentors founders and executive teams of some of the top VR companies and helps operators choose the best VR products for their locations.
In 1998 Joe Pine and James Gilmore wrote a now-famous article in the Harvard Business Journal and predicted The Experience Economy. During my lifetime, I’ve watched consumer preferences shift from goods to services to experiences. But Pine and Gilmore went on to predict what’s beyond the Experience Economy. What’s next? Read on…
In February 2016 I started covering virtual reality’s third wave featuring The VOID, VRcade (now VRstudios), and Zero Latency. A year later I wrote that the third wave was shaping up like a tsunami. Five years after VR’s reemergence as a legitimate FEC attraction, it’s become a staple attraction in FECs. What’s next? Read on…
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I miss your smiling face. By the time the week of IAAPA gets here it will have been 8 months of no travel for me. Six of those months have been in near-total lockdown in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve spent the time in isolation researching and experimenting with virtual event technology and design. I was hoping…
When I talk to manufacturers, distributors, and operators, there’s a clear sense they’re afraid of opening up their location-based VR attractions due to risk of consumer blowback. It feels like a hangover from social media shaming that was happening early in the COVID-19 outbreak when some locations decided to stay open while others shut their…
What They're Saying
Bob Cooney was an early advisor once we determined that we would be entering into the space of family entertainment. With his nearly 30 years of predicting business and technology trends, evaluating product and market viability, and helping to introduce new experiences to the public, he would be an asset to any company looking for leg up on the competition.
Founder and CEO of Hologate
VP Latin America, GM of Mexico, American Gaming Systems
"An eye-opening experience"
Ever since our first contact with Bob, we've felt that unique chemistry that defines true professionalism. With true down-to-Earth and practical approach, Bob has been an invaluable help to our strategic development. Thanks to Bob's intimate knowledge of best practices in out-of-home entertainment market and track record-proven "do's and dont's" combined with crystal clear intensive study framework, our team was able to lay the foundation to what normally takes months to prepare. On behalf of all of Neurogaming team, I would like to thank Bob for his time and help!
I've worked with several consultants throughout Virtuix's history, but I can say that our workshop with Bob has been the most impressive and valuable consulting session I have ever experienced. Bob is a marketing genius. In just one day, we were able to cut through the noise, including our own nonsense, and distill a brilliant marketing message and positioning that set us up for success in this competitive industry. If you need help to navigate marketing and find your value proposition in the location-based entertainment space, Bob is the best guide around."
CEO, Founder, Virtuix
"provocative, engaging and informative…overwhelming two thumbs up!”
Executive Vice President of the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA).
Emmanuel from Scale1
ICART, President SCALE-1 PORTAL".
Bob has been instrumental in developing our go-to-market strategy. His understanding of the location-based entertainment market has informed our transition from a game studio to a solution provider that builds turnkey games for the LBE market.
Matt Schiel Design
SVP Dave and Busters
Bobs creativity, big picture view, and extensive industry insight enable him to quickly position a product and formulate a go-to-market strategy. His charismatic leadership, relatability, and genuine enthusiasm enable him to facilitate this type of thinking during his workshop. Our team came away from the workshop educated on the industry and with a real sense of ownership in the positioning, brand identity, and market strategy developed over our 2 day session. We are charged up and excited to tackle the challenges still ahead. Bob's executive mentoring workshop is fantastic and I would highly recommend it to any company looking to enter the Location-Based Entertainment space.
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