Craig Ryan

Director Pixel Bar Leeds & Manchester

Pixel Bars are city centre venues dedicated to video gaming and esports. Bringing social gaming, community watch parties and competitive offline tournaments to the UK public 7 days a week. Pixel provides a communal space for existing esports fans and also helps to introduce the general public to the scene in a fun and accessible environment. 

Craig is one of the three founders of Pixel Bar, previously working in transport consultancy. He and the team have used their passion and understanding of the esports scene to create an authentic and engaging environment that appeals to die-hard esports fans and casual gamers alike. Craig continues to explore new avenues to ensure that esports venues can be profitable 365 days a year and not solely dependant on major events.

Speaker Sessions

Wednesday 25 May

15: Keep them coming back! – Insights and ideas in fan engagement and growing community participation for in-person esports events


Martin Omes, Program Logistics Coordinator, Gamers Outreach Foundation
Sinead Hosey, Co-founder, EPIC Global
Craig Ryan, Director, Pixel Bar Leeds & Manchester
Isobel Robins, Research Officer, Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFÉ)

: 3:26pm UK / 10:26am EST
Romain Sombret Isobel Robins