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HappyHour.io Bolsters iGaming Investment Position With New Investment Portfolio Partner

Updated: Sep 19, 2023


HappyHour.io Bolsters iGaming Investment Position With New Investment Portfolio Partner

HappyHour.io, a prominent investment firm in the iGaming industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Clemes as their Investment Portfolio Partner.


In his new role, Clemes will focus on accelerating the growth of current investments while leading the expansion of the portfolio by identifying and nurturing promising startups that have the potential to shape the future of the industry.


Clemes joins HappyHour.io from Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), a company he co-founded with Robin Reed, Managing Partner of HappyHour.io. Throughout his tenure at GiG, Clemes held several influential positions, including Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Business Officer, and General Manager of GiG North America. He played a key role in establishing Guts.com, one of GiG's flagship operator brands, as well as the platform business GIG Core, and successfully expanding them into the North American market.


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


Expressing his enthusiasm about joining HappyHour.io, Clemes said, "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."


Robin Reed, co-founder of GiG and Managing Partner at HappyHour.io, expressed his satisfaction with Clemes joining the team, 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 fostering innovation, supporting emerging talent, and driving the growth of the iGaming industry. The appointment of Ben Clemes as the Investment Portfolio Partner further strengthens their dedication to nurturing the next generation of trailblazers in the industry.

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