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Rahul Sood

CEO, Unikrn

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Rahul Sood

In a sports-starved world, any kind of competition is king, and esports is emerging as a contender. Rahul Sood has spent the last five years building his company, Unikrn, which was the first to encourage betting on esports. With Mark Cuban as an early investor, Unikrn has solid backing, but has struggled to gain traction in the casino industry despite its focus on betting. That has changed since the coronavirus has shut down the bricks-and-mortar casinos. Esports is now at the front of the mind for sports book providers and casino operators. Sood explains what comes next. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from Seattle where he’s hunkered down during this crisis.

Roger Gros
Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.