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Day One - Monday, April 6, 2020

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Network with industry experts and thought leaders while enjoying top collegiate teams from Chicago face-off in a Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Show Match.

Day Two - Tuesday, April 7, 2020

7:00 am - 4:00 pm

The registration desk will be open for the duration of the conference.

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Join us for breakfast.

Contact the ESTA Office for available sponsorship opportunities.

9:00 am - 10:00 am

As we kick-off our inaugural Esports Trade Association conference we’ll discuss what ESTA is all about, our mission, vision, and values, and what our board is working on. We’ll dive into the business side of things, how we are going to represent our members and the benefits that are provided.

10:00 am - 10:15 am

ESTA 2020 Sponsorship Kit

Contact the ESTA Office for available sponsorship opportunities.

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Publishers are now focused on producing titles specifically with competitive play in mind. Gain insights from some of the brightest minds in game development and how they’re shaping their companies around esports.

Moderator
Matt Feodoroff

Sr. Director of Global Demand & Partnerships
Microsoft

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Panelists
Ed Brooks

Co-Founder/CEO
ESPAT

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11:00 am - 11:45 pm

How are states, cities, and venues making investments for esports and what does this do for them? Explore how the infrastructure to support esports on a local level is being built and why local government and facility owners see this as an important initiative moving forward.

Moderator
Donny Neufuss

Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships
Brightline Interactive

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Panelists
Asante Bradford

Project Manager
Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment

Kim Meltzer
Kim Meltzer

CEO
Destination Esports

Mathew Ratner

Associate Director
Sports Tourism at Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

11:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Join fellow conference attendees and your peers for lunch and great networking opportunities.

ESTA 2020 Sponsorship Kit

Contact the ESTA Office for available sponsorship opportunities.

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Esports provides an opportunity for brands to reach a desirable demographic, but just how valuable is that participation and how are these sponsorship evaluations being made by prospective sponsors? In this session, we’ll hear from one of the leading sponsorship evaluators in the world as he shares data with the audience and discusses the true value of sponsorships for teams and brands.

Moderator
Roger Payne

Director, Research Analytics
The Marketing Arm (TMA)

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Panelists
Edward Gold
Edward Gold

Advertising Director
State Farm

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Greg Skasko

CEO
Abacus3

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1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Hear from some of the largest corporate sponsors in the world and how they value their investments in the esports industry.

Moderator
John Davidson

Director of Business Development, Esports
Production Resource Group (PRG)

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Panelists
Tom Ferrara

Director of Esports Marketing & Partnerships
Wisdom Gaming Group

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Daniel Herz

Former Chief Revenue Officer & Vice President at Complexity Gaming

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

ESTA 2020 Sponsorship Kit

Contact the ESTA Office for available sponsorship opportunities.

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Gain an inside perspective on how game developers are considering fantasy sports and betting by fans. What about betting directly between gamers? Skin betting, fictitious currency, and real money betting revenue opportunities will be discussed by legal experts, publishers, and insiders in the gaming industry.

Moderator
Rick Wolf

President
FantasyAlarm

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3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

With numerous esports titles produced by various publishers, the data that is made available is all over the place. Are publishers missing out on opportunities to monetize their data for websites to report on news and statistics? Are they guarding proprietary secrets involving their players? We’ll discuss the decentralized data situation and hear from leading data companies and publishers alike in this panel.

Moderator
Greg Kirkorsky

Advisor
Stadia Ventures

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4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

This panel is based on a simple hypothetical question — What can we do better to help support long-term growth for our industry? This diverse panel will recap the events from the day and discuss how the businesses that make up this industry can work together for the betterment of everyone involved.

Moderator
DeRondal Bevly

Founder and Managing Director
RubyRose Strategies

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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Make your way from the event over to a local eatery (TBD) for sponsored food, drinks, networking, and more. We hope to see you there!