MindGames is a competitive knowledge-based gaming platform that combines elements of a social games network with the community and credentialing of the World Series of Poker.
Through a suite of casual games and tournament events, MindGames cultivates a competitive social ecosystem for trivia and knowledge- based gaming. The initial product release is MindSports, with other content verticals to follow.
MindGames Management Team
Larry Tobin most recently served as Vice President of Product for FOX Sports Interactive, where he managed the production, strategy and vision of FOXSports.com and its gaming titles. Tobin joined FOX in 2005 and directed production of the site’s first proprietary fantasy football game for the 2006 NFL season. Tobin’s team at FS.com was charged with developing and building all aspects of FS.com, including its entire offering of gaming products.
Prior to FOX, Tobin served as Director of Fantasy Sports Products at Yahoo!, Inc. While at Yahoo!, his team created and built Yahoo!’s industry-leading fantasy sports games, which had more than 6.5 million players at the time of his departure. Tobin also oversaw the development and management of Yahoo!’s entire product set, which included traditional, survival and pick ‘em prediction formats, along with a suite of premium products and pay leagues.
Previously, Tobin spent several years as a writer and producer for NHL.com, the National Hockey League’s official Web site. He also worked at AT&T Downtown Digital from 1992 to 1995, developing games for iTV and the Web. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Eric LaVanchy has developed more than 100 interactive games for sports, media and consumer brand clients including Anheuser-Busch, MTV, the NBA, the NHL and Sony. He is also named on a patent for affinity-based MMOGs in partnership with Electronic Arts.
LaVanchy joined AT&T Downtown Digital in 1992. He designed and produced games for the Web and iTV, including the first Web version of Wheel of Fortune. He pioneered online advergaming in 1994 with Two Minute Warning, a football trivia game developed in partnership with the NFL and Goodyear.
In 1997 LaVanchy co-founded Bottle Rocket, a digital game development company. Bottle Rocket was acquired in 2000 by ACTV, an iTV services company later acquired by OpenTV. At ACTV, he served as Chief Creative Officer.
In 2002 LaVanchy became Casino Director for The Ritz Club London Online. He managed marketing, compliance, and customer care, and led development of new products. LaVanchy was made Managing Director in 2005, remaining in that position until 2006, when he joined Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT) in Los Angeles. He supported UBT in the development of “elimination blackjack” as an online tournament-style game, from which players qualified to appear on the UBT TV show on CBS and also qualify for seats at land-based events.
LaVanchy then joined Endemol in 2007 as the company’s Director of Gaming, where he was responsible for the company’s gaming strategy. He designed and produced titles for multiple platforms, including 1 vs. 100 Live for Xbox.
LaVanchy attended the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds a B.S. in Telecommunications from Ohio University.