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2022 AGENDA

Sunday, August 21 Wrigley Rooftop, 3617 N Sheffield

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST (Game Begins: 1:20 PM CST)

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers @ Wrigley Rooftops

Stadium tickets are not the same as rooftop tickets. For those who want a more social atmosphere during a Cubs game, including all-inclusive food and drinks, then this is the right place for you. Enjoy one of the many social areas, which include an air-conditioned bar, open-air shaded seating, stadium seats for watching the game, and a sundeck with wonderful views of the city. It's an opportunity you won't want to miss out on.

Location: Wrigley Rooftop - 3617 N Sheffield

Tickets are not guaranteed and are on a first come first serve basis, limited tickets are available.

Frequently Asked Questions:

For those that purchase a Cubs Game Rooftop Event ticket, you will be placed on the guest list at the Wrigley Rooftop - 3617 N Sheffield venue. Must bring your photo ID to enter the rooftop.

Monday, August 22, 2022 Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Grand Ballroom

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST

Registration Opens for Check-In

Come pick up your welcome packet/gear and learn about things to do around Chicago!

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST

Advisory Board Meeting

INVITE ONLY! Join us for the first-ever live ESTA Advisory Board Meeting. We'll be talking about the goals set forth for ESTA and the industry overall, as well as the different topics laid out by our industry leaders that will impact the overall esports industry.

Not a part of our ESTA Advisory Board? Join us today to be part of this exclusive meeting.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST

Elevator Pitch Check-In

Come check in and learn more about the Elevator Pitch Competition pre-events such as the Quick Pitch and Pitch class.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM CST

Speed Networking

Identify and connect with potential clients and partners for your business.

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CST

Welcome Networking Reception

Join your fellow attendees and exhibitors for cocktails and hot & cold hors d'oeuvre on a night your won’t forget! Come network with the esports community all while enjoying some delicious light appetizers and beverages.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Grand Ballroom

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST, Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Lakeshore Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Networking Breakfast Hour

Enjoy light breakfast and networking as we launch the Conference.

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM CST

Welcome to EsportsNext

Our Board Chair, John Davidson, and ESTA Founder and Managing Director, Megan Van Petten welcome our attendees, panelists, and sponsors to the 2-day conference, as we embark on the journey to get the latest news on the topics covered in the event, participate in various networking sessions, and listen to chosen contenders present their business ideas in our Elevator Pitch competition.

John Davidson

Megan Van Petten

9:05 AM - 9:15 AM CST

Message from our Title Sponsor:

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM CST

Panel: Scholastic Esports

Stakeholders across the educational esports ecosystem share the opportunities and challenges that they experience as they cultivate competitive gaming communities on campuses across the country.

Moderator:

Jeff Palumbo

Speakers:

Katrina Adkins

Gerald Solomon

Jorell Batac

Michael Brooks

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM CST

Panel: Impactful Trends

Analysts share significant trends measured through 2022 and insights on what you need to know for 2023.

Moderator:

Roger Payne

Speakers:

Alexis Prousis

Joshua Wong

Matthew Boyd

Terence Burke

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10:45 AM - 11:15 AM CST

Networking Break

Visit our sponsors while enjoying some hot and cool beverages.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Panel: Executing Successful Partnerships

Leaders from teams, leagues, and brands share the strategies they have employed to effectively engage the esports audience to create fans and increase ROI.

Moderator:

Vinny Minichiello

Speakers:

Rebecca Longawa

Justin Varghese

Charles O'Donnell

Joe Cox

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST, Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Lakeshore Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Networking Lunch

Enjoy some food and more networking during our lunch break. 

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM CST

Panel: Gaming for EVERYONE

How to identify, support and advocate for the underrepresented groups in esports.

Moderator:

Verta Maloney

Speakers:

Jean Marie Richardson

Ryan Johnson

Sonja Stills

Lindsay Poss

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1:45 PM - 2:15 PM CST

Game Changer Award Announcement and Conversation

The long-awaited Game Changer Award winner will be announced here! Don’t miss out on this exciting announcement celebrating only the best of the best in esports.

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM CST

Elevator Pitch Competition

Do you have an innovative idea, product, service, or social enterprise solution? Do you believe it could be the basis for a successful new start-up in the esports community? Then the ESTA Elevator Pitch Competition is the perfect opportunity to submit your idea for the chance to present it to a crowd of industry professionals. Open to ESTA members and conference attendees only. 

Hosted By:

Sharon Gill

Judges:

Carlos E. Duque

Chris Gronkowski

Jill Williamson

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3:45 PM - 4:30 PM CST

Panel: How to Fund Our Favorite Activity

Experts dig into ideas and tactics throughout the esports space to identify opportunities for teams and leagues to operate with financial success.

Speakers: 

Cory Hollingsworth

Brian Wilneff

Grant Paranjape 

Claire Kaido

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4:30 PM - 4:45 PM CST

Networking Break

Visit our sponsors and open-play area while enjoying some hot and cool beverages.

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM CST

Panel: Fan Engagement

Regulators discuss how this nuanced facet of the esports industry is developing and how to interact responsibly.

Moderator: 

Anthony Gaud

Speakers:

Ari Fox

Adam Weinstein

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5:30 PM - 5:45 PM CST

Elevator Pitch Winner Announcement

The long-awaited Elevator Pitch winner will be announced here! Don’t miss out on this exciting announcement celebrating only the best of the best in esports.

Directions to The Wit

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST

ESTA Happy Hour

Join us at one of the finest night clubs in the World, ROOF on The Wit for Happy Hour, as we come together in discussion to share a beverage and stories about you, your experience with our conference, share highlights, ask questions. Take advantage of the opportunity to network, meet your fellow attendees and speakers, discuss the panels you have viewed, and find out more about ESTA! 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022 Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Grand Ballroom

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST

Networking Breakfast Hour

Enjoy light breakfast and networking as we come to a close of the EsportsNext 2022 conference.

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM CST

Networking Break

Visit our sponsors while enjoying some hot and cool beverages.