14:00 - 14:45
The Esports Betting Boom - How esports has provided a lifeline for European sports betting operators Details:
With the current downtime in sports, esports has proven to be an invaluable source of revenue for betting operators worldwide. With huge increases in player and betting volumes seen across esports markets. Without esports, some operators may have struggled to offer enough action on their sportsbook. But what have been the key take-aways from this esports betting boom? Who have been the winners and losers? And what can we expect when sports return?
Quentin Martin, CEO, Luckbox
Stepan Shulga - Head of Esports - Parimatch
Pavol Krasnovsky - CEO - RTSmunity
14:45 - 15:15
Expanding the options - From player focused markets, to new titles, what are, and might players bet on across esports? CS:GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, Most Kills, First Blood, Maps...betting in esports can be almost as varied as the games themselves.
With new platforms emerging all the time, some focusing on fans of esports titles, and others on introducing existing sports bettors to the space, there is a lot of innovation and a lot of testing right now. What works? What doesn't? Come and find out from some of the best in the business.
Phil Adams - CEO - RPGG Media
Sujoy Roy - Esports Director - Midnite
Adam Savinson - Head of Esports - Betway
Marek Suchar - Head of Partnerships - Oddin
15:15 - 15:45
Pinnacle and GRID - Powering esports betting Details:
A significant partnership agreement was struck in the esports betting world back in September 2019; that between Berlin-based esports data company GRID, and bookmaker and supplier Pinnacle.
They will define core considerations of industry trends in esports and wagering, the role of different stakeholders, and the viability of this approach between these two industry leaders. This will give attendees a clear picture of how they, uniquely, tackle esports betting and data
Moritz Maurer - GRID - CEO
Marco Blume - Trading Director - Pinnacle
15:45 - 16:15
ESIC Regulatory Update Details:
ESIC Commissioner, Ian Smith, will share an update on the increase in betting activity on esports since coronavirus, the changes in the nature of the games people are betting on and the punters who have entered the esports space in the first quarter of 2020. Ian will also review the slow burn increase in licensed esports betting in the US post PASPA repeal and why this could be a game changer for the whole industry.
Ian Smith - Commissioner - ESIC
16:30 - 17:00
Viva Las Vegas - How Nevada is warming up to esports wagers In the past six weeks, it's now hard to keep up with the amount of esports events, everything from CS:GO to League of Legends, iRacing and more, that have been sanctioned for wagering in the state of Nevada.
This panel will dissect the current state of play in regards to esports betting in Las Vegas, the journey to this point, and what's next.
Mitch Reames - Journalist - Adweek and ESI
Dr Brett Abarbanel - University of Nevada
Seth Schorr, CEO, Fifth Street Gaming
Blaine Graboyes - CEO - GameCo
17:00 - 17:45
Sports meets Esports #1 - Sim Racing, Record Breaking These Sports Meets Esports sessions focus on collaborations and crossovers between the worlds of 'traditional' sports and esports. During these COVID-19 times, we are seeing this now more than ever, but that said it's nothing new. From Formula 1, to the NBA, NASCAR, FIFA, and not to mention the amount of sports teams and their owners investing in, and/or acquiring esports properties, we will explore and hear from some of the most successful.
Ben Rossiter-Turner - Head of Esports - Motorsport Games
Dr. Julian Tan - Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports - Formula 1
Stefy Bau - Founder & Director - Init Esports
Jamie MacLaurin - Chief Sporting Officer and Co-Founder - Veloce Esports
Darren Cox - President and CEO - Torque Esports
17:45 - 18:30
Sports meets Esports #2 - FIFA 20 > Football These Sports Meets Esports sessions focus on collaborations and crossovers between the worlds of 'traditional' sports and esports. During these COVID-19 times, we are seeing this now more than ever, but that said it's nothing new. From Formula 1, to the NBA, NASCAR, FIFA, and not to mention the amount of sports teams and their owners investing in, and/or acquiring esports properties, we will explore and hear from some of the most successful.
Trev Keane, Head of sports/esports, 7F
Martin Wyatt - Global Head of Strategic Partnerships - Gfinity
Seb Carmichael-Brown - Commercial Director - Hashtag Utd
Yinsu Collins - Freelance Journalist
18:30 - 19:30
Sports meets Esports #3 Misfits, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic
When esports orgs and traditional sports teams combine forces, it’s a powerful combination of fan knowledge, innovation and centuries of experience.
In this panel, Lagen Nash, SVP, Head of Global Partnerships for the Florida based Misfits Gaming Group will explore their successful partnership with the Miami Heat (with guest Lauren Cochran, Senior Director, Interactive Media) and Orlando Magic (with guest Ryan DeVos, Director of Magic Gaming) and discusses the points of convergence and collaboration when it comes to business development, operations and strategy between esports and their traditional partners.
Lagen Nash - SVP, Head of Global Partnerships - Misfits
Lauren Cochran - Senior Director, Interactive Marketing - Miami Heat
Ryan DeVos - Director of Magic Gaming - Orlando Magic
14:00 - 14:45
Mobile World Domination? The reasons why mobile esports can succeed in the WestDeatails:
Make no mistake, mobile esports in certain regions, especially India, China and South East Asia, is well and truly booming. PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends, Garena Free Fire, and Arena of Valor have sizable player bases and consistent viewership, and moreover, these figures are on the rise.
According to Stream Hatchet the four most popular mobile games across Twitch, YouTubeGaming, Mixer, Facebook Gaming have already grown 78% in hours watched since January 1st 2020. PUBG Mobile leads all mobile games with 322 million hours watched this year.
With COD Mobile and Critical Force two weighty mobile FPS options in their own right, not to mention the likes of Clash Royale and Brawl Stars, and with high end phones becoming ever more capable of facilitating excellent gaming options, it's surely only a matter of time before mobile esports' popularity translates to the West. Isn't it...
Kirsty Endfield - Founder - Swipe Right PR
Jeff Chau - Founder - GameGether
Akshat Rathee - Managing Director - Nodwin Gaming
Patrick ‘Chief Pat’ Carney - CEO - Tribe Gaming
14:45 - 15:30
The future of tournaments post-COVIDDeatails:
The global pandemic has put companies worldwide to the ultimate test; but esports is in a more unique position than most to be able to adjust.
From record viewership reported by Twitch and others on certain titles, to records being broken on Steam, and a general increase in coverage by 'mainstream media', the future seems bright for esports. That said esports has still been hit very hard by COVID. The cancellation of major events such as Valve’s ‘The International’ and numerous others hurts the tournament organisers, and teams alike, with a domino effect for the wider industry. Esports companies will suffer a loss in 2020, but arguably they're also well placed to strongly position themselves longer term if they play their cards right.
This panel explores what tournaments will look like 'post-COVID', and how long we should expect online only, to Return To Play behind closed doors, and what this means for all involved.
Ian Smith - Commissioner - ESIC
James Dean - CEO - ESL UK
Nicolas Estrup - Director of Product & Experience - BLAST
Jonas Gundersen - COO - Ninjas in Pyjamas
Rob Black - CEO - Promod
15:30 - 16:00
Malta - A new home for esportsEnglish football has Wembley, boxing has Las Vegas, whilst esports has Cologne and Katowice for CS:GO, with League of Legends home in Europe being Berlin.
However, this panel will take a deep dive into Malta, which has opened its doors to esports and aims to offer a home for esports businesses in the heart of the Mediterranean.
Ivan Filletti - COO - Gaming Malta
16:00 - 16:45
Content and creating a unique brand - How to stand out from the esports crowdDetails:
In a highly competitive and increasingly busy space it’s vital to carve out a unique identity for yourself as an esports organisation. How do you do that? A core ethos, a mantra, a great design and marketing team...of course your content needs to reflect that too.
With people forced to remain at home, the 'at-screen' time for most will have spiked drastically too.. How do you get those eyeballs in a world where it seems everyone and their dogs and cats are now content creators? For esports teams, tournament operators and others it's vital to remain relevant but the question is, how do you stand out and be a cut above the rest?
Adam Fitch - Editor - Esports Insider
Jakub Lund Kristensen - Founder and CCO - Astralis
Christie St. Martin - Gaming Director - IMC
Carl Kuhn - Account Director - Esports - Jung von Matt
Tricia Sugita - CEO - FlyQuest
Presented by Hotdrop
17:00 - 17:45
The bubble won't burst, but the dam is leaking - should we expect consolidation in esports in 2020?Details:
How much are esports teams and properties actually worth? We've all seen the sky high valuations, and the Forbes articles, but getting down to it, how much smoke and mirrors is there? Yes, esports is huge and growing, and the potential is undeniable, but right now it's a fractured,top heavy ecosystem in which many stakeholders find it difficult to properly monetise and profit for a myriad of reasons. We explore whether due to this situation, we should as an industry expect some consolidation in the near future.
Dave Fenlon - Managing Director - Media Exchange Group
Mika Kuusisto - CEO - ENCE
17:45 - 18:30
Esports as the game-changer for academic educationPresented by the University of Staffordshire
Long Public Enemy No.1 of home and school work alike, gaming and more specifically esports are slowly but surely becoming a part of curriculums throughout the education pyramid in the UK.
With the recent announcement of British Esports Association's partnership with Pearson for BTECs nationwide, to universities from Leicester to Staffordshire and more implementing modules and full degree programs focused on esports, the appetite is clearly there. How is it being brought in, what are the students learning and how are they being prepared for the working world? Find out here!
Rachel Gowers - Director - Staffordshire University London
Dr. Bobbie Fletcher - Head of Department for Games and Visual Effects - Staffordshire University London
James Fraser-Murison - Director of Learning & Esports Teacher - Queen Mary’s college
Josh Williams, Founder, The NUEL
18:30 - 19:15
The future of Collegiate esports - A new frontier for educationDetails:
Collegiate esports has seen fantastic growth and support, with leagues and associations across Asia, Europe and of course North America. The latter has certainly blossomed into a would be leader, with multiple leagues and a host of Universities taking this very seriously.
How do we measure its success? Will it serve as the training grounds for future star players? And how will it flourish from an educational perspective, serving as the academy for future; Marketeers, production teams, coaches and entrepreneurs?
Caroline Lacey, Executive Search, Global Head of Esports and Video Games, CAA
Eric Johnson - CEO - EGF
Victoria Horsley - President - Unified Collegiate Esports Association
Neil Duffy - CCO - Collegiate StarLeague
Chris Buckner - CEO - Mainline.GG
19:15 - 20:00
Esports and Music - the sound of success?Details:
Music has been an integral part of gaming since its inception. We all remember the great soundtracks of games like FIFA, GTA Vice City, and SSX Tricky. But the growth of esports has led to new collaborations between gaming and sports beyond tracks playing in cutscenes or blaring out at esports arenas.
From news headlines of team investments by top artists such as Drake, Offset, and Steve Aoki to record-breaking in-game concerts within Fortnite by Travis Scott, COVID-19 has shined an even brighter spotlight on the opportunities for these entertainment pillars to work together, as highlighted by the rush of artists to stream and participate in charity gaming tournaments. Why do the esports and music industries work so well together? What does a successful partnership look like? What benefits are there to the recording artist and the esports organizations? Is your organization ready to partner with the record industry, and, if so, how do you begin?
Join this panel of record label executives, FaZe Clan’s head of esports, hip-hop artists, and legal minds for a behind-the-scenes discussion that will shed some light on these questions.
Ryan Ruden - SVP, Experiential Marketing and Business Development - Columbia Records
Darren Traub - Partner - DWT
Erik Anderson - Head of Esports - Faze Clan