Note From Our Founder

Inspired by the sheer amount of access to career opportunities for connection and growth in STEM and creative fields that make up the esports universe, my investment in this field was set in stone when I founded the Esports Trade Association in 2017. I’d been keeping my eye on the industry since the beginning and recognized the need for support from a trade association where stakeholders, organizations, leagues, and players can come together to thrive as an industry. As a managing director of varying types of nonprofit organizations throughout my years in business, I've always loved creating functional structures for teams to thrive. Through our programs, ESTA promotes, protects, and advances the vibrant, ever-evolving space that is the esports industry.

While the Esports Trade Association is ultimately here to serve the esports consumer, we are focused on the stakeholders and organizations that are invested in the sustainability and growth of this industry. Our offerings have created an ethical structure and community committed to facing the business challenges of this industry. ESTA is a united platform that educates the public on what esports is as well as a space to examine what resources to create as the industry expands while building a supportive community for all those involved. We are a community of members whose benefits include educational and professional development opportunities (i.e. webinars, podcasts), industry best practices, relevant research, networking opportunities including the annual conference, and more.

I invite you to learn more about us and get involved as a member, sponsor, or partner. Together, we have the opportunity to support this industry during a time of unprecedented growth and to make a substantial difference for generations to come.

I am excited for your voice to join our passionate team and to see what we can all build together.

Best regards,

Megan Van Petten
Founder  |  Esports Trade Association
(312) 771-7019