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Education & Esports

“E-gaming”, “eSports” and now add “certification” to the list of tainted words in the eyes of the competitive gaming community. When a topic trends on Twitter, it’s rarely for a positive reason. “Esports” trended during the day of April 27th, when the newly formed Esports Certification Institute received massive backlash from the endemic industry around

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Young People & Esports

Of all the initiatives we execute at the Esports Trade Association – facilitating valuable networking, sharing knowledge from subject matter experts, and helping to improve the business practices of our industry – my favorite is having a hand in educating the next generation of esports business professionals. Esports is viewed as a great marketing opportunity

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Esports: The Agent of Change

One of esports most valuable functions in the broader sports and entertainment space is playing the role of an ‘agent of change’. It’s difficult to change plans and models when your league has been doing things the same way for 100 years. In business and beyond, it often takes the new guy to come in

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Predictions for the 2021 Esports Trends

It’s safe to say that we are all glad to see 2020 behind us with great hopes for normality, but also uncertainty on what the “new normal” will look like. Here are my predictions for the 2021 esports trends: The Rise of Mobile Esports Beginning with perhaps the least surprising forecast first, mobile esports will

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ESTA Elevator Pitch Award EsportsNext 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Megan Van Petten | [email protected] 31, 2022Groundbreaking Gaming Setup Wins EsportsNext 2022 Esports Trade Association’s Elevator Pitch CompetitionChicago, IL August 31, 2022—The Command Center, a breakthrough Ergonomic Gaming Setup won the Elevator Pitch Competition at last week’s Esports Trade Association’s EsportsNext 2022 Conference in Chicago. The contest featured eight breakthrough Esports companies sharing…

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ESTA EsportsNext 2022 Post-Conference Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Megan Van Petten | [email protected] 31, 2022The Esports Trade Association Sets Industry Standards for 2023 with the EsportsNext 2022 Conference on August 21 – 23 in Chicago, IllinoisChicago – The Esports Trade Association set the stage for the industry trajectory of 2023 by hosting the EsportsNext 2022 Conference in Chicago, welcoming 200 esports…

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ESTA EsportsNext 2022 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Megan Van Petten | [email protected] 27, 2022 Esports Trade Association to Hold Fourth Annual  EsportsNext Conference August 21-23 in Chicago, Illinois Registration is open for the 2022 EsportsNext Conference. Leaders in the esports industry, teams, brands, business professionals, and league organizers will meet at the Hyatt Centric Chicago on the Magnificent Mile—633 North Saint Clair…

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The Esports Trade Association Welcomes the 2022 Advisory Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Megan Van Petten | [email protected] February 17, 2022   The Esports Trade Association Welcomes the 2022 Advisory Board Industry Influencers Reflect the Exciting Growth of Association Membership   Chicago – The Esports Trade Association (ESTA) is pleased to announce a new 2022 Advisory Board. The ESTA board is comprised of talented, diverse…

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How to connect young adults to local esports organizations?

Hello all! In this post, I wanted to share an idea I had and see if anyone of you agree with what my thoughts are or have ideas of your own!There seems to be an endless stream of new talent coming up every single year. Each year you see more and more young adults striving…