Virtual Event Week Schedule 2020

The Esports Venue Summit Virtual Week will provide four afternoons of thought provoking sessions with speakers and panellists from every aspect of the esports world represented, including tournament organisers, games publishers, team owners, players, esports property owners, esports venue operators, architects, investment bankers, leading industry bodies & associations, key technology suppliers and more.

Monday, October 26

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14:00

14:00 LIVE DEBATE: Welcome & Opening keynote: The emergence and continued growth of esports on a global level
Andy Fahey Chester King Koen Schobbers Lale Ergin

SESSION SPONSORED BY

With a projected global audience of just under half a billion people by the end of 2020, the inexorable rise of esports shows no sign of slowing down.

Clear differences are emerging in terms of how the market is developing in different continents and during this session delegates will have the opportunity to listen to leading industry professionals share their opinions from both a regional and global perspective.

Speakers

15:30

15:30 Session 2: An ever changing industry and the impacts on stadia business worldwide/esports community engagement
Erik Londre Martin Wyatt Gavin Poole Tom Lynch

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This session will look at the different trends in esports hosting from small scale venue hires through to using existing stadia and the emergence of a global model of franchising and the requirement to build ‘homesteads’ to drive local support.

Topics will also include how you can best ensure engagement with the esports community in your region and understand their requirements in terms of content and training facilities.

 

Speakers

16:45

16:45 Session 3 Part 1: Beyond the Venue: Why getting your broadcast infrastructure right is essential for esports
Jonathan Lyth

The importance of broadcast tech to reach a huge audience for both commercial revenue through brand allegiance between viewers and teams and revenue from media broadcast partners.

Speakers

17:15

17:15 Session 3 Part 2: Esports and the power of broadcast technologies to reach unlimited audiences
James Dean Andy Johnston Alex McBride Ursula Romero Cameron Reed

SESSION SPONSORED BY

An in-depth discussion on the critical importance of broadcast technology to reach a huge global audience and help unlock both commercial revenue through brand allegiance between viewers and teams and additional revenue from media broadcast partners.

The essential steps needed to ensure you can deliver the highest production values when creating and sharing live esports content will also be examined, including how connectivity is key!

Speakers

Tuesday, October 27

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14:00

14:00 Session 4: Maximising fan engagement in esports venues and spaces – how to create an immersive and unforgettable experience
Stephen Hogg Drew Townley Tatiana Zheltomirska Bert Beattie Robert Mathews (moderator)

SESSION SPONSORED BY

This session will examine the challenges that venue owners and operators face in ensuring media-savvy esports fans use their esports facilities on a regular basis. The use of innovative AV technology to maximise fan engagement is rapidly evolving as a key driver to achieve this.

Topics will also include how both Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are at the forefront of the battle for viewership and how they are increasingly being integrated into live esports events.

Speakers

15:15

15:15 Session 5: Virtual solution showcase - Ideas and inspiration for your own esports event

SESSION SPONSORED BY

featuring Elan Inventa, Disguise, HDT, Danley Sound Labs, Evertz Broadcast Technology & more

A unique opportunity for attendees to listen to rapid fire presentations from 8 leading product and service suppliers from around the world, offering innovative ideas to maximise fan engagement and unlock revenue streams for your esports events.

16:30
Wednesday, October 28

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13:45

13:45 Session 6 Part One: Global Projects Showcase – Esports hubs, technology and design
Gavin Poole Jamie Hindhaugh Chris Chaney Michael French (moderator)

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Part One: Special Panel Discussion - Supporting the growth of esports
Gavin Poole, CEO, Here East
Jamie Hindhaugh, Chief Operating Officer, BT Sport
Chris Chaney, Founder & Managing Partner, C4+
Michael French, Games London (moderator)

 

 

Speakers

14:15

14:15 Session 6 Part Two: Global Projects Showcase – Esports hubs, technology and design
Chris Dite Alex Mizui

SESSION SPONSORED BY

Part Two: Presentation from ARUP
Chris Dite, Architect (Associate Director), Arup
Alex Mizui, Architectual Designer + Esports Lead, Arup Architecture

Speakers

14:45

14:45 Session 6 Part Three: Global Projects Showcase – Esports hubs, technology and design

SESSION SPONSORED BY

Part Three: Presentation from Panasonic
(platinum sponsor, speaker TBC)

15:15

15:15 Session 7: Venue Versatility – key requirements from a venue perspective to successfully host esports events
Ben Stuart Nicky Wightman Ben Akroyd Andrew Haworth Jonathon Oudthone

This session looks at how the rapid growth in esports is driving fundamental changes in the design and development of existing Stadia projects, multi-purpose entertainment venues and also mixed use development projects, all increasingly looking to include esports spaces as part of their offerings to visitors. Topics covered will include how these spaces need to be flexible, adaptable and innovative in order to thrive.

Speakers

16:30

16:30 LIVE DEBATE: Session 8: The merger of esports and traditional sports
Nikita Buffee Seb Carmichael-Brown James Fraser-Murison (moderator) Greg Merkel Nick Sautner

With the current coronavirus pandemic decimating the sporting and events calendar, traditional sports are increasingly using virtual simulations to engage with their fans, further integrating esports into the mainstream sports industry. Many existing Stadium and Arenas are also examining how they can repurpose their spaces to accommodate live esports events.

During this session a panel of industry experts will discuss how traditional sports and stadia  are now integrating esports in to their fan experiences, examining synergies and differences between them as well as sharing their opinions on how this will develop further in the future.

Speakers

Thursday, October 29

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14:00

14:00 Session 9: The finance behind esports and opportunities for regional development, how esports venues can thrive post lockdown
David Fenlon Chris Kissack John Fazio Boris Bergerot

This session will look at how the financing behind esports is evolving as more groups and investors recognise the opportunity that esports real estate brings.

Panellists will also share their insights regarding the key link between esports commercialisation and physical locations and how this varies around the globe, plus the different financial models being applied to recently commissioned real estate ventures.

Speakers

15:15
16:30