The ESTA promotes, protects, and advances the broader interests of the esports community.

We accomplish this through providing forward-thinking professional development programs, networking opportunities, relevant industry research, and valuable tools and resources to the membership. ESTA focuses on increasing the economic value of the esports industry by growing the number of participants, sponsors, products, and services, conducting primary and secondary industry research, and executing industry events.

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Meet Our Founder

Driven by my passion, vision, and experience in successfully managing multiple trade associations, we founded the Esports Trade Association in 2017. Through our programs, ESTA will promote, protect, and advance the broader interests of the esports community. Looking back at the overwhelming growth in tournaments and viewership, many of my friends, colleagues and family members are amongst these growing millions of people participating in esports. As a result, I’ve been keeping my eye on the industry and recognize the need for support from a trade association where stakeholders, organizations, leagues, and players can come together to thrive as an industry.

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Megan Van Petten

Founder & Chair Emertus, ESTA

John has a diverse professional background including skateboarding, business development, video production, and marketing. After pursuing his dream as a professional skateboarder, John went back to school to receive his bachelor’s degree in marketing from California State University, Sacramento.

After graduating, John joined a friend in Dallas, TX to launch a startup animation studio. Over five years, they grew the studio to a team of seven, working with top brands including Nike, MTV, Rob Dyrdek, Vans, Fox Sports and ESPN. John then went on to join The Marketing Arm and produce live-action and animation for AT&T, Nissan, Goodyear, and Topgolf.

John also led non-endemic partnerships and the esports strategy for GameStop, the world’s largest specialty gaming retailer. His experience within subcultures and leading a brand in this space brings a unique perspective, informing non-endemics how to effectively enter and add value to the esports community.

Today John leads esports business development for Production Resource Group (PRG), the world’s leading entertainment and event tech solutions company, providing turnkey services for concerts, TV/Film, corporate, events, trade shows & more.

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John Davidson

Chair, ESTA

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are elected members each serving the association on a 2-year term or until a successor is either elected or appointed.

The Executive Committee is voted on by the elected board, and is comprised of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. All Board Members are involved in various committees.

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What is Esports?

If you’ve been to a conference recently, you’ve probably heard that as a question in an Esports 101 panel.

Simply put, esports is the professional video game playing industry.

The part often overlooked is that last word; industry.

Esports has grown to become far more than some kids playing video games. The last 30 years of competitive gaming has matured into a $1B+ per year juggernaut that is watched and played by people across the globe. Video games, like sports, bring people together and involve a heck of a lot more than just the players. Teams, leagues, venues, sponsors, hotels, apparel, you name it… the entire whirlwind of organized entertainment swirls around this incredible industry made up of genuine gamers.

Just like kids go out to play physical sports competitively, gaming has become a competitive pastime. The professional level aspirations are now parallel, and the field of talent is made up of millions of casual video game players. The fresh business opportunities that surround esports have been plentiful; and there’s still a long way to go. We’re glad to be part of keeping it all organized, and humbled that it still needs to be explained. That’s esports.

Want to learn more about the esports industry? Our association can give you the in-depth research and data you’re looking for. Just reach out.

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Our Committees

The ESTA is comprised of various committees that serve our membership. Committee members are both board members (who typically serve as the committee chair) as well as approved members at large. Our executive committee (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary) manage the association’s finances, in part with our association management company (AMC). Our AMC handles day-to-day oversight of our website, apps, social media, and is on the front line for questions and concerns from both our membership and the public.

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Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee will explore ways ESTA and our members can thrive by generating innovative, stimulating and business-driving initiatives. They will focus on the evolving needs of today’s business including adopting new technologies, supervising sponsorships, continuation planning, value-added services, and anything else that impacts organization's business development.


The Conference Committee is responsible for the execution of the ESTA annual conference. This committee works to ensure that all aspects of our annual conference, including its panels, speakers, sponsors, and all things involving the event are executed properly and efficiently.


The Education Committee is responsible for overseeing webinars and other educational content for ESTA.  They will work to ensure our members and the community is able to view and enjoy educational content about the esports space.  This committee will also be responsible for other educational undertakings.

Legal/Governance Committee

The Legal/Governance Committee advocates on behalf of the industry and ESTA in terms of laws, regulations, and structure. They create bylaws and policies for ESTA, provide legal opinions on all matters requiring legal overview, including contracts.

Marketing & Communications Committee

The Marketing & Communications Committee is responsible for monitoring and managing ESTA’s website, social media accounts, and their engagement/content. The committee will also supervise media requests, press releases, interviews, podcasts, webinars and more.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee engages with current and prospective members of the ESTA. They work to ensure our membership-at-large is heard, and collect feedback from membership to share with the board. This committee also helps members understand their benefits and encourages a community atmosphere between members.

Research & Data Committee

The Research & Data Committee is responsible for gathering important research data and delivering it to our members, the press, and businesses at large looking to gain important insights into our industry. They contract with nationally recognized polling companies and universities to compile data.