Black Dog Gaming is the esports and video game division of Black Dog Venture Partners.

Our goal is to provide a suite of services to video game developers and esports organizations including:

  • Access to equity and debt capital
  • Business development and sales management
  • Publicity and media relations
  • Digital and social media marketing
  • Event promotion and sponsor activation
  • Business coaching and management team development

If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you succeed, please contact us at team@blackdoggaming.com

Scott Kelly

Founder and CEO

Scott Kelly is a 30 year fundraising, marketing, sales, training and publicity veteran. Scott has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in capital for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented.

He has also trained over 1,000 sales people and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe. Scott is currently an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.

When not making his clients famous, Scott spends his time in countless sporting events with his wife and two boys. He loves a good craft beer and playing with his “Black Dog” Melvin.


  • Raised $4 billion in public and private capital for corporate clients.
  • Founder and CEO of top public relations, digital marketing agency.
  • Secured over 10,000 TV, Radio, Print and Online interviews for clients.
  • Developed a social media reach of over 8 million.
  • Frequent speaker and lecturer on PR and Digital Marketing.
  • Experienced in management and financial consulting, marketing support, sales training, seminar and conference development.
  • Started and operated businesses in Russia, India, Central and South America.
  • Provided investment portfolio services for over 1,000 clients.
  • Trained over 1,000 investment executives.
  • Provided venture capital and media relation services for dozens of start-up, development stage and public companies.

Honors and Awards:

  • Arizona Excellence Award Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC) September 2013
  • Service Above Self Award Chandler Rotary Club April 2012
  • Ranking Arizona Top Marketing Firm Selection February 2012
  • Volunteer of The Year Junior Achievement Of Arizona September 2011


  • Master’s Degree – San Francisco State University
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Adelphi University

Zachary Fingerle

Social Media Manager

My name is Zachary Fingerle, I am currently a senior in my final semester at Grand Canyon University studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. My passion in life is video games. Ever since I was a little kid and my sister introduced me to Halo: Combat Evolved I have been entranced by the worlds that people create and with their own backstory and the creativeness in development. My second passion is competition as a whole, this created my love for esports. Playing on the biggest stage against the best competition. While I am far from competing against the best of the best, I have competed in Collegiate Varsity Call of Duty in the 2019-2020 school year when Modern Warfare was the active Call of Duty that was being played. While my love for the game slowly burned out as I practiced, it made me respect the people that truly do love playing the same game day in and day out to reach perfection.