Founder, Chief Executive, Chair since 2019 / VGW Holdings
Laurence Escalante is a gaming and technology entrepreneur with a background in the financial services sector. He has been an angel investor, founder and entrepreneur in the games industry for 12 years, founding White Knight Games in 2004 and was a founder and angel investor in Anino Mobile, one of the Philippines’ premier game development studios (which was acquired by Playlab in 2014). Since founding VGW in 2010, Mr Escalante has led the raising of approximately $16 million in early-stage funding, the invention of multiple innovations in real-money and virtual-currency gaming (including VGW’s Social Casino sweepstakes gaming products) and the development of VGW’s global and highly specialised development and operations teams. He has previous experience as a technical specialist in investment advisory, superannuation, taxation and financial planning gained over a period of 10 years. Mr Escalante studied Economics and Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University.