2023 Agenda

Tuesday, August 22, 2023


Time: 12:00 - 5:00 pm CST

Registration Opens for Check-in

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

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm CST

ESTA Member Townhall

ESTA Members, we invite you to share your ideas on how ESTA can best serve our industry in 2024.

Time: 1:00 - 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 Workshop.

Time: 3:15 - 3:30 pm CST

Welcome to EsportsNext

Our Board Chair, John Davidson, ESTA Founder, 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.

Time: 3:30 - 4:15 pm CST

Panel: Esports Executives

Time: 4:15 - 5:15 pm CST

Speed Networking

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

Time: 5:30 - 6:00 pm CST

Quick Pitch

Are you signed up for the ESTA Elevator Pitch Competition? This is the perfect opportunity to highlight your idea in front of a live audience. One lucky wild card winner will be chosen to present on Wednesday's competition!

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023


Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am CST

Networking Breakfast Hour

Enjoy light breakfast and networking as we launch the Conference.

Time: 9:00 - 9:05 am CST

EsportsNext Introductions

Our Board Chair, John Davidson, ESTA Founder, Megan Van Petten welcome our attendees, panelists, and sponsors.

Time: 9:15 - 10:00 am CST

Panel: Esports Industry Trends

Time: 10:00 - 10:45 am CST

Panel: Future of Esports: Gaming, Metaverse, & More

Time: 10:45 - 11:00 am CST 

Networking Break

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

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 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.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm CST

Networking Lunch & Awards Presentation

Time: 1:00 - 1:45 pm CST

Panel: Scholastic Esports

Time: 1:45 - 2:30 pm CST

Fireside Chat

Time: 2:30 - 3:00 pm CST

Networking Break 

Time: 3:00 - 3:45 pm CST

Panel Session

Time: 3:45 - 4:00 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.

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm CST

ESTA Happy Hour

Join us at one of the finest night clubs in the World, ROOF on theWit 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!