There’s not long now until the Esports Insider Super Forum. The one day event, taking place on the 22nd March, will see 25+ top industry speakers grace Stamford Bridge to discuss the recent and continued interest in esports from the traditional sporting space.
The ESI team has put together six panels based on very relevant topics for both those in the esports industry and those outside it. Each and every panel has been carefully curated to ensure that attendees receive maximum value from the day.
ESI Super Forum will be running alongside SBC’s Betting on Football, and delegates from Betting on Football will be able to enter the ESI Forum. We’re set to welcome attendees from the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid, Leicester City, the NBA as well as familiar esports names in the shape of Intel”
The wide range of topics to be covered on the day include an overview and discussion on the esports ecosystem and why it has now grabbed the attention of over 175 traditional sports outfits. Esports is still an alien world to many, but the panel will break it down and offer thoughts as to why traditional sports clubs are so keen to get involved. Speakers on the topic will include James Dean, Managing Director of ESL and Ian Smith, Commissioner of ESIC.
After a brief pause for networking, the next panel will delve into just which esports titles sports clubs are getting involved in. There’s been a range of approaches – from FIFA and sport simulation titles all the way through to Counter-Strike and League of Legends. Speakers include Trev Keane, CEO of Sportego and an organiser of the eFootball League, Colin Johnson Head of Team Operations for FIFA, Rocket League and Street Fighter at Fnatic and AS Roma, and Qwatti Esports Agency Co-Founder Pedro da Silva, with more to be confirmed in the imminent future.
Once attendees are fed and watered, there’ll be two stacked panels in the afternoon. ESI is delighted to welcome: Nikolaj Nyholm, CEO and Founder of RFRSH Entertainment; Christian Sorensen, CEO of North; Ben Woodward, Director & Co-Founder of Code Red Esports and Nicolas Maurer, CEO of Team Vitality. There are few better placed to discuss the matter of esports team ownership, and whether or not it’s a worthy investment.
Clearly this year is going to be hectic in terms of media rights and broadcasting. There’s already been deals seeing ESL move tournaments to Facebook from Twitch, and the Overwatch League Twitch deal is rumoured to be worth $90 million. It’s clearly a pertinent topic, and our panel featuring: Martin Wyatt, Head of Partnerships at Gfinity; Heather Dower, Presenter for GINXTV amongst others is sure to provide invaluable insight as to what’s currently happening – and what our panelists believe will happen as esports continues to develop.
The day will round off with a panel touching on sponsorship in the space, and the difference between sports and esports when it comes to activations. In addition, there will be a case study as to the recent success of sim racing; following F1’s inaugural event and the continued growth of the likes of Project CARS 2.
“I am thrilled to attend ESI forum and to meet with the esports business community. It’s a unique opportunity to present Team Vitality’s story, achievements and promising future as a leading EU esports organization” stated Nicolas Maurer, CEO, Team Vitality.
Ben Woodward, Director and Co-Founder of Code Red Esports said: “”I’m looking forward to attending the ESI Super Forum and meeting what’s sure to be many familiar faces. Code Red has helped a lot of sports clubs in the past and as we continue to grow I don’t see that stopping”
The conference will also see a data focused roundtable led by the team over at Abios.
Sam Cooke, Editor of Esports Insider commented: “We’ve already got some phenomenal panels lined up and the Super Forum has really started to take shape. We’ll be confirming our final few panelists in the near future and we may even have a big announcement to come too. The ESI Super Forum is already looking like an event it’d be foolish to miss out on.”
The ESI Super Forum is a one day conference at Stamford Bridge in London and is focused on the convergence of sports and esports. It’ll feature six panel sessions with additional workshops, plenty of networking, an esports exhibition zone and ample fun and games to boot.
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