23 April 2019 | New York
ESI New York is an event focused on networking and business development in and around esports.
ESI New York is an event focused on networking and business development in and around esports.

ABOUT ESI NEW YORK

 

ESI New York provides everything you need to learn from the best, discuss your projects and ideas, and find the right partners.

200+ Delegates
30+ Leading industry speakers
5 Engaging panel sessions
4 Roundtables
One on one matchmaking opportunities
1 extravagant networking after-party

We will have the best in class speakers and the most engaging and thought-provoking agenda of esports conferences in 2019.

OVERVIEW

23 April 2019
Exhibition and Agenda

A full day of interactive and debate worthy sessions including:

  • From ‘basement dwellers’ to global superstars: the ever-changing perception and responsibilities of top esports players
  • The Fighting Game Community and esports: a rocky relationship
  • There’s no place like home: creating the perfect esports venue
  • Marketing in esports, the past, present and future
  • Investment in esports: Show me the money
  • The current state, and future of collegiate esports

200+
Delegates

30
Top Industry
Speakers

30+
Countries
Represented

15+
Media
Outlets

30
Esports & Sports Team
Representatives

25+
Brands

Who attends

  • Esports organisations30%
  • Suppliers & Service Providers30%
  • Media15%
  • Sports Clubs & Leagues10%
  • Regulatory bodies, Betting companies and others10%
  • VCs & Investors5%

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

ESI New York is a must attend event for anyone interested in or currently doing business in esports around the world.

A one day jam-packed conference with panels worth listening to, people and companies worth meeting and rooftop networking drinks worth drinking .

We ensure attendees get value for money with an interesting and thoroughly curated agenda; there’ll be panels throughout the morning and an afternoon focused on round-tables and networking post-lunch. We’ll close off with networking drinks on the Tribeca Rooftop and then an official after-party at the renowned 40/40 Club.

ESI New York will span two days in total with breakfast meetings to follow the conference on the morning of April 24th.

Sessions will cover topics such as the ever-changing perception of pro players and the repercussions of this, the current state and potential of the fighting games community, esports venues, marketing developments, the repeal of PASPA, collegiate esports and more.

WHY YOU SHOULD SPONSOR

ESI New York opens the doors to the somewhat elusive esports world while simultaneously capturing the intent of esports fans and businesses. This is a phenomenal opportunity to showcase your business and to promote it as a leader within, supporter and partner of the industry as it continues to grow.

This event will offer an education on all aspects related to the business of esports from looking after and management of players to marketing, merchandising, building a brand, fan engagement, and more. ESI will bring together the decision makers at the world’s top teams, tournament organisers, brands, bookmakers, suppliers, investors, professional service providers, sports clubs, media and more.

  • Brand awareness to a targeted crowd of decision makers across esports, and connected industries
  • Be known as a leader in the space to the full sphere of stakeholders
  • Support the burgeoning esports industry and ensure people know who you are, and what you can offer
  • Gain extensive support from the full Esports Insider network on your journey in esports. This includes content and promotion on one of the leading industry news portals globally, support on social channels, real life connections and plenty more

For more information and to get involved: info@esportsinsider.com

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS
ESI BIRMINGHAM 2018
ESI LONDON 2018
ESI SUPER FORUM - MARCH 2018

SPEAKERS

SCOTT SMITH
Esports Veteran
SAIRA MUELLER
Managing Editor
Dot Esports
DAVID MELTZER
CEO
Sports 1 Marketing
ROD BRESLAU
#1 Esports Consultant and Insider
Self-proclaimed
BARRY KWONMOON LEE
Agent
Evolved Talent Agency
GREG LAIRD
CEO
Chaos Esports Club
GRANT ZINN
CEO
beastcoast
WIM STOCKS
GM/CEO
WorldGaming & Collegiate StarLeague
CHRIS CHANEY
Founder
Chaney Group Holdings
SABINA HEMMI
Cofounder and CEO
Elo Entertainment
SIMON BENNETT
Co-Owner / CEO
AoE Creative
KASHAN KHAN
Pro Smash Player
Team Liquid
IAN SMITH
Integrity Commissioner
ESIC
NICOLA PIGGOTT
Co-Founder
The Story Mob
SEAN MCBRIDE
Owner
Spacestation Gaming
CHRIS HOPPER
Head of Esports - North America
Riot Games
STEVE ARHANCET
Co-CEO
Team Liquid
KHALID JONES
Co-owner
Echo Fox
CHAD DE LUCA
Head of Gaming and Esports
Publicis Media Sport & Entertainment
ARTURO SANCHEZ
Streamer
Team Spooky

10:00 - 10:15
OPENING REMARKS Welcome message from Esports Insider Co-founder and Managing Director Sam Cooke
10:15 - 10:50
From 'basement dwellers' to global superstars From basement dwellers to global superstars: the ever-changing perception and responsibilities of top esports players It’s safe to say over the years the perception of competitive gamers and esports players has started to shift considerably. With increased popularity and global superstardom for many players at the top of their game, every action comes under increased scrutiny with sponsor responsibilities and personal brand importance. The panel dissects the changing public opinion, the importance of personal branding for players as well as the dangers of social media.
10:50 - 11:30
The Fighting Game Community and esports The Fighting Game Community and esports: a rocky relationship There’s no doubt that the FGC breeds some of the very best tournaments to watch, as well as creating truly epic storylines but its relationship with other the esports community is often a little frosty. The introduction of ELEAGUE and a more “traditional esports” approach to FGC was met with mixed reaction by the community. Some criticised the lack of open bracket and community feel, whilst others felt encouraged by another event with good prize money and solid competition. The FGC continues to throw up some of the very best entertainment out there - but lacks the Mercedes Benz or Betway’s that are proving so crucial to the overall esports ecosystem. Does the FGC risk damaging itself should it not embrace the bigger corporates and more polished esports approach or can it continue to flourish just the way it is?
11:30 - 11:50
MORNING BREAK Refreshments in the networking area
11:50 - 12:25
There’s no place like home There’s no place like home: creating the perfect esports venue We’ve seen esports events all over the world, from humble beginnings through to stadiums such as the Commerzbank Arena and the Bird’s Nest Stadium. Although dedicated studios have existed for a while, only recently have we seen the emergence of dedicated esports arenas across the world. But what goes into creating the perfect esports arena? How does it differ from a traditional sporting venue and is it difficult to generate revenue all-year-round?
12:25 - 13:00
Marketing in esports, the past, present and future Marketing in esports, the past, present and future There’s plenty of endemic and non-endemic brands in esports activating well and seeing good results in the space. There’s several key factors to consider when targeting a dedicated esports audience, and activating on-site may be different from that in other entertainment verticals. What can esports learn from outside the industry and vice-versa? How important is influencer marketing in esports and what will the overall landscape look like in five years time?
13:00 - 14:00
LUNCH + TOURNAMENT (Tournament 1 starts in Tournament Zone)
14:00 - 16:00
ROUNDTABLES
15:50 - 16:10
AFTERNOON BREAK Refreshments in the networking area
16:10 - 16:50
Closing Panel
16:50 - 17:30
Tournament finale (Tournament finale in Tournament Zone)
17:30 - 19:30
ROOFTOP OPEN BAR
20:00 -
AFTER PARTY PARTY AT 40/40 Club
TABLE ONE
TABLE TWO
10:00 - 10:15
OPENING REMARKSWelcome message from Esports Insider Co-founder and Managing Director Sam Cooke
10:15 - 10:50
From 'basement dwellers' to global superstarsFrom basement dwellers to global superstars: the ever-changing perception and responsibilities of top esports players It’s safe to say over the years the perception of competitive gamers and esports players has started to shift considerably. With increased popularity and global superstardom for many players at the top of their game, every action comes under increased scrutiny with sponsor responsibilities and personal brand importance. The panel dissects the changing public opinion, the importance of personal branding for players as well as the dangers of social media.
10:50 - 11:30
The Fighting Game Community and esportsThe Fighting Game Community and esports: a rocky relationship There’s no doubt that the FGC breeds some of the very best tournaments to watch, as well as creating truly epic storylines but its relationship with other the esports community is often a little frosty. The introduction of ELEAGUE and a more “traditional esports” approach to FGC was met with mixed reaction by the community. Some criticised the lack of open bracket and community feel, whilst others felt encouraged by another event with good prize money and solid competition. The FGC continues to throw up some of the very best entertainment out there - but lacks the Mercedes Benz or Betway’s that are proving so crucial to the overall esports ecosystem. Does the FGC risk damaging itself should it not embrace the bigger corporates and more polished esports approach or can it continue to flourish just the way it is?
11:30 - 11:50
MORNING BREAKRefreshments in the networking area
11:50 - 12:25
There’s no place like homeThere’s no place like home: creating the perfect esports venue We’ve seen esports events all over the world, from humble beginnings through to stadiums such as the Commerzbank Arena and the Bird’s Nest Stadium. Although dedicated studios have existed for a while, only recently have we seen the emergence of dedicated esports arenas across the world. But what goes into creating the perfect esports arena? How does it differ from a traditional sporting venue and is it difficult to generate revenue all-year-round?
12:25 - 13:00
Marketing in esports, the past, present and futureMarketing in esports, the past, present and future There’s plenty of endemic and non-endemic brands in esports activating well and seeing good results in the space. There’s several key factors to consider when targeting a dedicated esports audience, and activating on-site may be different from that in other entertainment verticals. What can esports learn from outside the industry and vice-versa? How important is influencer marketing in esports and what will the overall landscape look like in five years time?
13:00 - 14:00
LUNCH + TOURNAMENT(Tournament 1 starts in Tournament Zone)
14:00 - 16:00
ROUNDTABLES
15:50 - 16:10
AFTERNOON BREAKRefreshments in the networking area
16:10 - 16:50
Closing Panel
16:50 - 17:30
Tournament finale(Tournament finale in Tournament Zone)
17:30 - 19:30
ROOFTOP OPEN BAR
20:00 -
AFTER PARTYPARTY AT 40/40 Club
TESTIMONIALS
Testimonial
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
The ESI Super Forum at the Chelsea Football Stadium has not only been a very well organized event but also convinced with fresh panel topics all around the business of esports including a wide range of anyone involved in the scene. Well done Esports Insider!
Tomek Borowka - 
(Former) Esports Marketing Manager, Super Evil Megacorp
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!
PwC
Testimonial

NETWORKING

Networking Events, Drinks and Parties:

ESI New York Official Networking Drinks at Tribeca Rooftop NYC,
Tuesday 23 April (5.30-7.30pm)

Networking After-Party at 40/40 Club,
Tuesday 23 April (8pm till late)

LOCATION

Tribeca Rooftop NYC
2 Desbrosses Street
New York,
NY 10013

HOTELS

Check Availability Near:
2 Desbrosses Street

New York,
NY 10013

SPONSORS

ESI NEW YORK REGISTRATION