17 - 21 AUGUST 2020
#ESIDIGITAL | 35+ hours of content
For the second iteration of #ESIDIGITAL, ESI is going truly global.
For the second iteration of #ESIDIGITAL, ESI is going truly global.


For the second iteration of #ESIDIGITAL, ESI is going truly global.

ESI Digital Summer will be 5 consecutive days of content (35+ live hours) wherein each day will focus on a different and important regional market for the esports industry.

Join us as we explore a uniquely tailored agenda and networking day (including making each locally time zone friendly) for Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and North America. 

Make use too of Brella’s market leading matchmaking and networking capabilities, complemented by the truly international ESI event community to discover new opportunities, and experience exclusive content with both regional and global foci that you won’t be able to experience anywhere else.



ASIA PACIFIC – 17 AUGUST (03:00-12:00 UTC)

In association with Redd+E we will be taking a closer look at the opportunities across the fragmented but fast growing region and the success that has already been attained. We’ll also talk about localisation, and the challenges and opportunities this diverse theatre provides on that front.

MIDDLE EAST – 18 AUGUST (06:00-12:00 UTC)

A nascent region in terms of live events, on this day we’ll aim to explore the potential of live events in the region, drawing on examples and discussing and focusing on the vast potential for the future.

EUROPE – 19 AUGUST (09:00-18:00 UTC)

Join for a look at brands and their success within the region and beyond it, and discussions regarding underdeveloped fields in the industry from in game advertising to hospitality and player welfare.

LATAM – 20 AUGUST (13:00-22:00 UTC)

In association with Live Media, join us for a day of content in English and Spanish. For one of the fastest growing regions in the industry, topics will include mobile esports, CS:GO’s huge presence and fanbase in Brazil, and a select number of ESI Brand Showcases featuring case studies of local sponsorships done the right way.

NORTH AMERICA – 21 AUGUST (14:00-23:00 UTC)

In North America, where the US market reigns supreme we’ll explore numerous ESI Brand Showcases, further explore the sponsorship space, talk more about the ongoing esports gambling boom and its sustainability, and look at how exactly Collegiate esports will continue to develop.


ESI Digital Summer will use Brella to provide bespoke matchmaking opportunities and 35+ hours of live content across the week of the conference.


A virtual agenda, customisable to feature your own meetings and the ability to opt into any of the myriad panels offered up across the two day event.


Two live streams chock full of industry leading content. Tune in between 10:00-19:00 in the event’s local timezone for industry leading insights and discussion on developments within the esports sphere.


Brella’s advanced AI based matchmaking will ensure that you’ll have no shortage of great connections to make to take the next step with your business in these turbulent times.


Check out our virtual exhibition to meet and talk with massive companies and get their insights on our rapidly changing space.

Check out our virtual exhibition to meet and talk with massive companies and get their insights on our rapidly changing space.

14:00 - 14:05
Opening Remarks Details: Sam Cooke, Managing Director & Co-Founder of Esports Insider welcomes delegates, speakers and partners to the first ESI Digital Summit. Speakers: Sam Cooke - MD and Co-Founder - ESI
14:05 - 14:35
ESI Brand Showcase #1 - Rogue x Kia Details: The ESI Brand Showcases invite esports rights holders and select commercial partners to the stage to present on a recent, successful esports activation. The partners will shed light on how the deal came about, how they've activated successfully in the esports marketplace as well as how it has compared to similar marketing spend in more "traditional" markets.   Speakers: Anna Baumann - Managing Director & General Counsel - Rogue Sports Europe
14:35 - 15:05
Brand Showcase #2 - Fnatic and OnePlus Details: Eric and Edward will take a look at how the partnership came into being, through a shared passion for community and connecting with gamers. They will discuss the inclusion of Fnatic Mode on OnePlus devices, Nemesis and his role as an authentic ambassador and the important role ambassadors play. They will also explore the launch of the Fnatic PUBG Mobile Team in India, and further potential for teams to be added to the Fnatic Roster, as well OnePlus's commitment to creating the best experience for mobile gamers.   Speakers: Edward Gregory, Partnerships Manager, Fnatic Eric Gass, Director of Global Brand Partnerships for OnePlus
15:05 - 15:35
Brand Showcase #3 - LEC x KitKat Details: Join Riot Games and KitKat as they share how their partnership originated, what a successful activation in the esports marketplace looks like compared to more traditional markets, and how KitKat successfully pivoted to social media activation during COVID-19 Speakers: Alban Dechelotte - Head of Partnerships & Business Development - Riot Games EMEA
15:35 - 16:05
ESI & CSM Exclusive Announcement  Esports Insider and CSM will be making a live announcement that you won’t want to miss. Exclusive to the ESI Digital Summit, event attendees will be the first to know, and the first to be able to ask questions and find out more.     Speakers: Sam Cooke - MD & Co-Founder - Esports Insider James Gallagher-Powell - Corporate Strategy Director and Esports Lead - CSM Sport and Entertainment Debs Scott-Bowden - Account Director - CSM Sport and Entertainment
16:05 - 16:15
16:15 - 17:00
Records broken amidst the esports viewership boom - what's this all mean for brands? Details: With concurrent player records being broken across Steam (CS:GO, Rocket League) and viewership records being shattered across streaming platforms by the likes of ESL Pro League and more, whilst sports first properties such as F1 and NASCAR have been seeing unexpectedly high audiences across television and OTT, brands are paying more attention now than ever before.  How do esports rights holders take advantage of this new found attention and interest? Moreover, it's a sensitive time for major brands to make a big splash in a new space, and so how should they go about entering, is it a case of learning to walk before they run? Moderator James Gallagher-Powell - Corporate Strategy Director and Esports Lead - CSM Speakers: Carlos Alimurung - CEO - ONE Esports Taylor Heitzig-Rhodes, Agent, Evolved Talent Agency Julien Dupont - Head of Partnerships - Team Vitality Charlie Allen - Global Brand Partnerships - ESL Gaming   Presented by Promod
17:00 - 17:45
Back to the future - The return of online esports Details: With live events an impossibility currently, we have seen a huge shift back to the online leagues and tournaments of the past. WePlay very quickly hosted an online tournament to raise money for charity. Meanwhile ESL Pro League and FLASHPOINT have soldiered on with their seasons.  What differences does this have from offline circuits both for T.O.'s & viewers alike? And how important will the presence of online tournaments be for the industry during this unprecedented time? Moderator Heather Dower - Managing Director - Hotdrop Speakers James Dean - CEO - ESL UK Anders Blume - Creative Director - Skybox
17:45 - 18:30
Esports Investments in 2020 - Opportunity and Challenges Details: Due to the recent pandemic we may have seen a less rocky time in the esports industry as opposed to others, but one facet that has certainly been affected is the investment landscape. With many from VC's, to family funds and angel investors rocked by market downturn we explore what this means for esports businesses seeking investment. Will they need to reduce their financing aims? Or is esports now a sought after string to investors bows?    We sit down with some of the leading investment groups in the space to explore what challenges and opportunities investors and companies face over the next year.     Moderator: Michael Kogan - Managing Director - Canaccord Genuity  Speakers: Spike Laurie - Venture Director - Hiro Capital Dave Martin - Director - Esports Global  Archie Stonehill - Investor - Makers Fund Christian Christoefl - Senior Associate - Deloitte Corporate Finance
18:15 - 19:15
The Clutch Digital Details: Four esports related companies, at various stages of fundraising, will pitch live to a panel of esteemed judges and investors in the esports space. May the strong survive.  Judges Malte Barth - Founding Partner - BITKRAFT Fabio La Franca - Investment Director - Station12 David Gowans - Head of Creative Technologies, Games and Esports - Barclays David Martin - Director - Esports Global Fund Patrick Mahoney - CEO - We Are Nations Presented by Esports Global 
14:00 - 14:05
Opening RemarksDetails: Sam Cooke, Managing Director & Co-Founder of Esports Insider welcomes delegates, speakers and partners to the first ESI Digital Summit. Speakers: Sam Cooke - MD and Co-Founder - ESI
14:05 - 14:35
THINK - Esports in Japan, has a sleeping giant awoken, or merely been stirred?A talk from PlayBrain founder on the current state of play when it comes to esports in Japan, how quickly are things progressing following the governmental barriers to the industry's growth locally being lifted? which are the major titles, who are the stakeholders and what comes next? Speakers: Mike Sheetal (マイケル・シタール) - CEO - PlayBrain
14:50 - 15:35
THINK - Gathering pace: How the esports industry in South East Asia is fast gaining tractionDetails: The SEA market is undoubtedly one of the most interesting developing esports markets in the world.   According to Niko Partners, the number of PC gamers is expected to increase by over 32 million people in the next five years, whilst more than 40% of smartphone owners play mobile games. Expected revenues from PC and mobile are reported to increase up to 60% by 2023 which makes this region the fastest growing globally by this metric. It's easy to see how esports will form a part of that increased interest, spend and attention.    But looking at the here and now, how do Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand compare to the likes of China, South Korea, and the US and European markets? Why does the SEA region not hold any of the franchise slots in global franchise leagues? What does the region need to do to close the gap on the rest of the world - despite producing some top tier players?   Moderator: Allan Phang - Head of Marketing & PR - Evos Esports   Speakers: Ronald Robins - CEO - Mineski Michael Patent - President & Founder - Culture Group Terence Ting - CEO & Founder - Team Flash Crispin Tristram - VP Digital Lifestyle Services -Telekomsel
15:35 - 16:20
THINK - How integral is the development of media rights in esports to the industry at large?Details: YouTube Gaming made a big splash this year securing the exclusive rights to the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, and other Activision Blizzard properties including Hearthstone. This sees arguably the biggest threat, or signal of intent, yet to Twitch's dominance. We've also seen DAZN secure Brazilian rights for Blast, and in general the media rights landscape across esports is gathering pace. With the likes of the Virtua F1 and eNASCAR airing on television and generating strong numbers, it's an excellent time for the rights holders in the esports space to better negotiate with broadcasters. How will this look? What do fans want, and what will they 'accept'? Moreover, how important is the development of media rights to the growth of the industry as a whole, and how may the trickle down effect positively impact teams and everyone else? Moderator: Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, Esports & Gaming Group Lead. Nixon Peabody   Speakers: Allan Hvid - Head of Esports and Football - TV 2 SPORT Torsten Haux VP Global Media Rights
16:20 - 17:05
'The New Normal' - What's next for esports related venues of all shapes and sizes post-Quarantine?With esports live events and venues closed worldwide due to COVID-19. We take a deep dive into how venues are preparing for life in a post-quarantine world. From arenas to gaming cafes and bars, our panelists will provide insight into their businesses and their plans to welcome to welcome customers and fans in to their venues, and whether they will have to make changes to their models.    Moderator Tatiana Tacca - Director of Esports - Momentum   Speakers: Tomaso Portunato - CEO - Platform  Paige Funk - Head of Marketing - Nerd St Gamers Nikita Buffee - Business Development Manager - Allied Chi Bhatia - Senior Designer - HKS Sports & Entertainment
17:00 - 17:45
THINK - Ravens Till I Die? Can city based esports teams mirror the success of their sporting counterparts?Will Londoners take to Royal Ravens, or Parisians Eternal? Will New Yorkers embrace the Subliners, is there a Spark in Hangzhou, and will Atlantans Faze Up? With big money city based leagues in not one but two Activision Blizzard titles (Overwatch and Call of Duty) how are teams the league operators creating and moulding local fanbases? Moreover, how successful can this model be, what are the challenges and how closely should it follow sports?   Moderator: Kirsty Endfield - Founder and CEO - Swipe Right PR   Speakers: Herb May - Director of Corporate Partnerships - Houston Outlaws Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau - World’s No.1 Esports Consultant  Chester King - Co-Owner - London Royal Ravens  
17:05 - 17:15
17:45 - 18:30
THINK - Keeping Match Fit - Nutrition and well-being in esports - how important is it?It's no longer a surprise seeing top tier esports orgs employing a team of psychologists, chefs and nurtitionists for their pro teams. We've seen how important these roles have been across traditional sports, with most professionals kept to a strict diet. The same can be said for esports, though pro-players may not be exerting themselves as physically as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lebron James, they must ensure they in the right mindset for peak performance. This panel will explore the tactics and importance of keeping professional player healthy and how it impacts their ability overall.     Moderator: Adam Fitch - Editor - Esports Insider     Speakers: Skyler Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder, CTRL Ryan Scollan - CEO - G-Science Taylor Johnson MS - Chief Performance Engineer - Statespace Labs
18:30 - 19:00
How to transform challenges into opportunities - WePlay! Esports case studyDetails: Oleh and Anton will share insights on how creativity and adaptability helped WePlay! Esports to continue impress the community with high-quality tournaments and media content despite the lockdown.   The speakers will present case studies featuring charity marathon WeSave! Charity Play and WePlay! Pushka League Season 1. Join the discussion on how to organise a Tier 1 Dota 2 event in 7 days from scratch or how to make an outstanding tournament’s visual style by changing your brand book. Speakers Oleh Humeniuk, General Manager at WePlay! Esports Anton Gribovskiy, VP Sales & Marketing at WePlay! Esports   Presented by WePlay! Esports


Christie St. Martin
Viktor Romaniuk Wanli - Kinguin - Founder
Viktor Romaniuk Wanli
Founder and CEO
Mike Sepso
Jonas Gundersen
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Moritz Maurer
CEO & Founder
GRID esports
Patrick Mahoney
We Are Nations Inc
Artur Minacov
Tricia Sugita
Ian Smith
Annie Pei
Leo De Biase
Chief Relationship Officer - CoFounder
John Yao
Team Secret
Matt Rutledge
Director of Mobile Gaming
Complexity Gaming
Christopher Tran
Head of Esports, SEA
Riot Games Southeast Asia
Helen Sarah Gammons
Relationship Manager - Media & Entertainment Group
HSBC Private Bank
Blake Lindsey
Senior Esports Manager - North/South America
Tencent Games (PUBG MOBILE)
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Who attends

  • Esports & Sports Organisations
  • Suppliers & Service Providers
  • Brands
  • Investment Groups
  • Other

Job Titles

  • CEO's, Chairman & Founds
  • C-Level Executives
  • Directors
  • Managers
  • Other



ESI London was a great opportunity to connect and knowledge share with members of the esports community and industry. It was great to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing esports as it continues to grow from strength to strength.  As more traditional brands attempt to enter this space and navigate through the complexities of the landscape, being able to discuss these important issues in an open forum is hugely valuable as everyone in this space continues to shape the future of esports.
Julian Tan - 
Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports, Formula 1
We feel that it's really important to keep educating people, brands and agencies on esports. ESI creates the right environment and brings the relevant person to the table to achieve exactly that; I'm looking forward to be part of their events for the years to come!
Nicolas Maurer - 
CEO, Team Vitality
ESI Birmingham was by far one of the best networking opportunities I have had. The wide range of speakers and topics covered really gives a huge insight into the world of Esports. I can honestly say that without ESI events, I wouldn’t have made so many connections. I had the opportunity to gain exclusive backstage access to the biggest UK esports event. It was a fantastic experience which I would not of had without attending this ESI event. Professional, reliable, networking.
Callum Scott - 
National Events Manager, The Rank Group
Quite simply, ESI, that is both the site and their events, is a great place to promote your brand while also connecting with leaders in the industry.
Kirsty Endfield - 
Founder, Swipe Right PR
ESI London represents a great opportunity for us, as a leading esports solutions provider, to be present and contribute to the conversation and to then positively influence the thinking of others who are learning more about the space.
Martin Wyatt - 
Head of Global Partnerships, Gfinity
I really enjoyed my time at ESI London. In addition to some informative expert panels, it was a great networking opportunity. I hope to return again next year!
Jason Lake - 
CEO, Complexity Gaming
Thank you to the ESI team for giving us the opportunity to speak at ESI Birmingham. It was a fantastic event providing an invaluable amount of insight on esports, which is testament to the strength of ESI's relationships within the esports industry. We are looking forward to the next event already!


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