EsportsNext 2020

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A B2B Conference for the Esports Industry

During a full day of insightful and motivational sessions you will learn not only what ESTA is all about, but hear from top-minds in the industry addressing where the business of esports currently is and where it’s going. Our speakers will dig into unique topics including how states, cities, and venues are investing in esports, how potential esports sponsors are evaluating their commitments to the industry, and what challenges the esports industry is facing and what the industry can do better.

Join us and be a part of this can’t-miss conference full of networking opportunities and some live esports action!

The profit from this event will go towards ESTA’s Membership Program where we will be funding esports research, professional development initiatives, creating an Esports Buyer's Guide, hosting member meetups nationally, and more!

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Certified Speakers

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Connecting People

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Unique Digital Ideas

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Our Speakers

David Bialek

CEO/Founder, ReKT Global and Rogue Sports

Rohan Bose

Senior Financial Analyst, Mercer Capital

Asante Bradford

Project Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development

Ed Brooks

Co-Founder & CEO, ESPAT

Edward Bunnell

CEO, Full Moon Sports Solutions

Charles Conroy

Vice President, Gaming, The Switch

Doug Cortez

Freelance On-Air/Broadcast Personality
Sr Process Manager, Target

Pat Coyle

Esports Advisor, Coyle Media

Martin Dachselt

Managing Director, Bayes Esports Solutions

Robert Davidman

VP, Integrity Commission for the USeF

John Davidson

Director of Business Development, Esports PRG

Brett Diamond

COO of WISE Ventures Esports and Minnesota Røkkr

Matt Dudevoir

Startup Risk Assessment Manager, University of Notre Dame

Matt Feodoroff

Sr. Director of Global Demand & Partnerships, Microsoft

Tom Ferrara

Director of Esports Marketing & Partnerships, Wisdom Gaming Group

David Fraser

Director of Development, Gamers Outreach

Edward Gold

Advertising Director, State Farm

Doc Haskell

Head Coach of Esports, Boise State University

Daniel Herz

Chief Revenue Officer, Mission Control GG

Greg Kirkorsky

Senior Global Sales & Marketing Executive

Wendy Lecot

Head of Strategic Alliances & Digital Marketing Innovation, HyperX

Rebecca Longawa

Founder & President, Happy Warrior

Herb May

Director of Corporate Partnerships, Houston Outlaws

Robert Munson

Senior Associate Athletics Director, LSU Athletics, Louisiana State University

Donny Neufuss

Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Brightline Interactive

Ben Nichol

Senior Account Executive, Next Generation Esports (NGE)

Roger Payne

Director, Research Analytics, The Marketing Arm

Joe Pokrzywa

Director of Operations, NRG Esports

Heath Price

Associate CIO, University of Kentucky

Mathew Ratner

Associate Director Sports Tourism, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Danny Read

Sales Director, Metadata

Kevin Reape

General Manager, Mizzou Esports

Alex Rodriguez

Esports Host/Commentator/Producer

Greg Skasko

CEO, Abacus3

Justine Stauffer

Senior Marketing Manager, Molson Coors Beverage Company

Wim Stocks

General Manager/CEO, WorldGaming & Collegiate StarLeague

Megan Van Petten

Founder & Managing Director, Esports Trade Association

Justin Varghese

North American Marketing Manager, DreamHack

Doug Watson

Head of Esports Insights, Riot Games

Michael Wisnios

Director of Esports, Robert Morris University

Rick Wolf

President, FantasyAlarm

Bryan Yale

CEO and Co-founder of Rival.ai/founder, Infinite Esports

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Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
Emcee: Alex Rodriguez

Welcome Reception, Networking, & Live Esports Tournament

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


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Registration

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


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Opening Remarks / What is the ESTA?

 
As we kick-off our inaugural conference, EsportsNext 2020 we’ll begin with opening remarks from our ESTA President, John Davidson introducing the association and welcoming our attendees. He will speak for 15 minutes regarding what ESTA is all about, our mission, vision, and values, and what our board is working on. He’ll dive into the business side of things, how we are going to represent our members and the benefits that are provided.


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Moderated by Greg Kirkorsky

Where’s the Data?

PANEL
 
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.


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Moderated by Rebecca Longawa

Building Platforms from the Ground-Up for Esports

PANEL
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.


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Moderated by Donny Neufuss

Localization of Esports

PANEL
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.


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Moderated by Pat Coyle

Inventing the Business of College Esports

PANEL
Esports is disrupting the $2.2 trillion higher education market. Student interest in competitive video games is exploding at a time when higher ed is facing declining enrollment, funding shortfalls and shifting demographics. This session will feature esports leaders from several major, U.S. universities. These innovators are overcoming internal friction to build programs that reach under-served populations, attract and retain top students, promote inclusion and create new career paths for graduates. Their pioneering work will have a profound effect on the burgeoning collegiate esports marketplace for many years to come.


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Moderated by Roger Payne

Sponsorship Valuation Modeling

PANEL
 
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.


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Moderated by Wendy Lecot

Partnerships – Providing Value for Brands & Communities

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Hear from this group of partnership experts with experience from team, agency, and brand perspectives on what brands expect, how teams can set expectations and deliver for partners, and how to effectively engage the esports audience.


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Moderated by Edward Bunnell

Fantasy, Betting, and Esports

PANEL
 
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.


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Moderated by Danny Read

B2B Marketing in Esports

PANEL
There has been a massive increase in engagement on LinkedIn from the esports community because other traditional social media platforms have been saturated. This panel will be a discussion on best practices for B2B marketing in esports. A core focus of the discussion will be how to grow your business and personal brand on LinkedIn


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Moderated by Doug Cortez

Media Rights Monetization

PANEL
 
Exploring the future of media rights as it transforms the entertainment space for future generations. We will look at various aspects of this transformation, its effect on streamers and platforms plus examine the compatibility with competitive streaming services. We will also identify and discuss developing trends in entertainment and branding.
Emcee: Alex Rodriguez

Closing Remarks

Following the last session, Alex provides closing remarks before our Cocktail Hour for drinks, networking, and more.


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Cocktails

Join us for cocktails and more networking as we close the conference. This is the time to establish the connections you came for if you haven't already, and/or to continue and finish your conversations with those you have connected with.

Recess & City Hall Restaurant

  • 838 W Kinzie Street
    Chicago, IL 60642312-801-1181
  • Recess & City Hall Restaurant is a new event venue serving up good times and zero red tape in a lively, relaxed atmosphere in Chicago’s West Loop.

    The 10,000-square-foot event space has a separate grand entrance on Kinzie Street. The column-free hall, with its soaring 40-foot-high ceilings, 37-foot stone bar and industrial-elegant architectural detailing, is a striking venue for ESTA’s inaugural conference.

  • Airport

    16.1 miles from O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

    11.3 miles from Midway Airport (MDW)

  • Nearby Hotels

    Ace Hotel

    The Hoxton

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Cancellation Policy
The registration fee is due upon registration. Cancellations emailed to the ESTA Office (info@esportsta.org) by 5:00 pm CST on Sunday, March 1, 2020, are eligible for a refund of the registration fee, with exception of an administration fee of $250. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline. In the event of conference being rescheduled, sponsorships and registrations will be transferred to a new date. A member may transfer their registration to another member without penalty.

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By registering for the conference, each attendee agrees to: Receive email communications from ESTA and gives permission to ESTA to publish photographs or videos for educational and promotional purposes without compensation; Share your contact information [name, title, company, email] with the conference sponsors; Share your name and company (no contact info) on the Conference Attendee List for all conference participants during the meeting.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is expected to attend the conference?

    We are bringing together the key stakeholders, business executives, and leaders in the esports industry from around the nation to network, learn from each other, and discuss the future of esports. The audience we are targeting to invite to the conference are primarily business executives and leaders from:

    + Game Development Companies
    + Non-Endemic Brands
    + CVBs / Sports Authorities
    + Venues
    + Event Logistics / Production Companies
    + Tournament Organizers
    + Agencies
    + VC & PE Firms
    + Government
    + Universities / Colleges
    + Professional Sports Teams
    + News & Media Platforms
    + Influencers / Content Creators

  • Can just the company as a whole register for the conference, or does each attendee need to register?

    Each attendee will need to register for the conference.

  • How do I become a sponsor for this conference?

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like to learn about the available sponsorship opportunities, please visit our sponsorships page and contact us at the ESTA Office at info@esportsta.org or at 708-680-7133.

  • How do I become a speaker for this conference?
    To be considered for a speaking opportunity please contact the ESTA Office at info@esportsta.org. The ESTA accepts proposals from the industry for speakers and panelists to speak during our conferences, webinars, and podcasts throughout the year.
  • What is ESTA’s conference registration cancellation policy?

    The registration fee is due upon registration. Cancellations emailed to the ESTA Office (info@esportsta.org) by 5:00 pm CST on Sunday, March 1, 2020, are eligible for a refund of the registration fee, with exception of an administration fee of $250. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline. In the event of conference being rescheduled, sponsorships and registrations will be transferred to a new date. A member may transfer their registration to another member without penalty.