Samir Rayes

Beirut, Lebanon

Founder of a video gaming business, concept design and product development, gaming industry promoter
Samir's Skills
Product Management
Business Development
Public Relations
User Experience

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

Age Group


About Samir

Always been fascinated with gaming and the psychology behind it. In 2010, I opened my first Xbox 360 and PS3 gaming lounge in a high end amusement centre and a second one 2 years later. During those years I hosted various lounge tournaments and built a brand that became well known locally. Now i'm focusing on developing an online gaming tournament platform hosting tournaments for PC, consoles and mobile to expand the business globally, create an online gaming community and resurrect a synergistic franchise model for the gaming lounges.

Looking for like minded energised entrepreneurs to help me promote my platform starting in the Middle East region. The region’s low operating cost and tax structure, a highly untapped $1.5bn market and double digit growth figures creates the perfect conditions for startup projects like mine to establish a proof of concept and initiate the first stage in customer retention before expanding outside the region. The MVP is being customised by a US based company that license their software and is in it’s final stages.

My main challenge is having started this business while living in Lebanon puts me at a disadvantage in terms of finding the the right skills. Would love to link up with partners that understand gaming and the eSports industry as a whole and would be interested in opening discussions on how they can contribute and move forward.


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West