Five reasons not to miss ESI New York 2020

ESI New York 2020 is not a conference to miss. Following on from great success in 2019, the go-to industry event returns to The Big Apple on April 27-28th. 

Spanning two days, #ESINYC promises once again to be the ultimate industry showcase. Bringing together the brightest minds in and around the industry to debate and discuss – as well as educate those sitting on the periphery. For full event information click here.

Here’s a snapshot of what to expect in Midtown Manhattan come the end of April: 

  • 350+ delegates
  • 50+ leading industry speakers 
  • 12+ sessions, workshops and panel discussions
  • One on one matchmaking opportunities
  • The Clutch USA – Live pitch competition 
  • 2 extravagant networking events

Not sold yet? Here’s five huge reasons for you to join us. 

1. Best-in-class business to business content

At Esports Insider, content has always been of utmost importance. Our website delivers the most comprehensive esports news coverage in the industry, and that allows us to be closely connected to the heartbeat of the industry. 

We’re aware of the key trends in the industry – what’s hot and what’s not – and use that to our advantage as we carefully craft thought-provoking agendas that spur conversation and fruitful business. 

#ESINYC will be no different, with a tailor-made agenda that will see the brightest minds in esports descend on Manhattan. Panels include in-depth discussion around sponsorship, branding, local tourism and data – but to name a new. Download the current agenda here.

2. The Clutch USA

ESI London saw the debut of our unique content piece – The Clutch. Nine ambitious startups took to the stage in a Dragon’s Den-esque setting to pitch their product and business to a panel of hungry investors. The microphones were up for four minutes before being immediately cut and the investors asking questions for six. 

After much deliberation, G-Science took the trophy back to Belfast after judges’ scoring. We’ll be seeing a different set of companies in Midtown – but the competition will be just as fierce. With five companies pitching to a panel including our key partner Deloitte, they’ll have a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain mentorship and important feedback about their business model and pitches alike.

3. The ESI Hall of Fame

It almost seems an eternity ago that we welcome legendary host Chris Puckett, Michal “CARMAC” Blicharz, and Jason Lake as the first three inductees to the ESI Hall of Fame. Taking place under the iconic Blue Whale skeleton that lives at the Natural History Museum in London, high class drinks and food aplenty welcomed the inaugural class. 

The ESI Hall of Fame hopped over the pond for 2019, with Nixon Peabody LLP’s rooftop showcasing Los Angeles’ idyllic skyline as we ushered in another set of industry legends. Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, Heather “sapphiRe” Garrozzo, and Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham joined the luminaries before them and currently make up the #ESIHOF. 

There’s no better place for the third edition of the Hall of Fame than the heart of New York. Taking place on the evening of the 27th, we look forward to announcing the next trio. We’ll be keeping tight-lipped on who it is until then, though.

4. Unbeatable networking

The crux of any conference is the business opportunity delivered, and thus the value derived by delegates. We’ve ensured that there’s just the right amount of content going on – with ample time for breaks and networking alike. Add to that a dedicated networking lounge, and ESI NYC is shaping up to be the go-to destination for esports business. 

With refreshments served throughout the day, and panels just a step away from the exhibition area, there’s little to no chance you won’t be able to find exactly who you’ve been meaning to meet. With app functionality to pre-arrange meetings too, there’ll be no shortage of chance to forge valuable business relationships. 

5. The ESI Brand Showcase

Another unique content piece we introduced at ESI London was the Brand Showcase. ESL and DHL plus Riot and BEKO took to the stage to provide invaluable insight as to how their unconventional esports partnerships have flourished in the last year.

We’ll be bringing two new showcases to New York this time around – with Bud Light and Riot Games confirmed as the first. We’ll soon be revealing the second showcase too. 

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