The countdown is on! There is just over a month until ESI London returns on September 16-17th. This year’s event is heading to a new location in Twickenham Stadium, the home of English Rugby.
Going bigger and better than before, ESI London will host over 100 industry-leading speakers and 500 delegates. The event’s agenda will be split into four tracks across two days and stages, covering the most pressing topics in the esports industry today.
Day 1 – September 16th
The event will kick off with the traditional opening remarks to get us started; the morning will then play host to a number of talks and panels. On the main stage, we will have discussions on franchising in esports, comparing the state of play when it comes to China versus Europe, North America, and CIS, and a talk from Viktor Wanli, CEO of Kinguin about his company’s Esports Performance Center.
You can head to our second stage and experience talks on sports simulation games and using esports to unlock an untapped market. Kieran Holmes-Darby, Managing Director and Co-founder of Excel Esports will be giving a talk about his organisation’s home base at Twickenham Stadium, too.
Heading into the afternoon, the main stage will play host to the ESI Brand Showcase, a brand new feature for this year’s ESI London. The showcase will feature the likes of Riot Games’ LEC and ESL who will provide insight into activating partnerships within the esports space. More participating companies will be announced soon!
To wrap up the day on the main stage, there will be a talk on building on the biggest year in UK esports history yet with input from Heather Dower, Marketing and Communications Manager at ESL UK, Ben Greenstone, Director at Taso Advisory, and Dom Sacco, Content Director at British Esports Association.
Day 2 – September 17th
There are a couple of ways for you to start things out on the second day of ESI London. You can either head to our main stage to hear a talk from David Fenlon about comparing and contrasting esports to other industries, or go to the second stage will be hosting a discussion on the blurred lines between esports and influencer marketing.
In the mid-morning, Nicolas Maurer, CEO of Team Vitality will be hosting our second stage to talk about building a lasting brand legacy in esports. Following that, Adam Savinson, Head of Esports at Betway will take to the stage to talk about the do’s and dont’s of activating as a bookmaker in esports.
Our headline event for the afternoon will be The Clutch. This brand new initiative will provide the opportunity for 10 esports companies to pitch to a panel of esteemed investors. This year’s panel includes Amit Jan, Esports Investor at Rewired.GG, Malte Barth, Founding Partner at BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, and Spike Laurie, Venture Director at Hiro Capital. During the event, each company will have four minutes to pitch their idea before the microphone is cut off. The investors will then get six minutes to ask questions about the pitch. During this time, each investor will also be using a score sheet which will be used to determine the winner.
The day will then finish with a closing panel and then it’s time to head to the after party for some thirst-quenching and another round of networking.
Other speakers that have been announced for ESI London so far include: Robert Douek, President of RFRSH Entertainment, Moritz Maurer, CEO of GRID, Patrick Mahoney, CEO of We Are Nations, Xuan Li, CSO of LGD Gaming, Ben Woodward, Co-founder of Code Red Esports, and Jamie Maclaurin, Team Manager of Alfa Romeo Racing F1 Esports.
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