Virtual Event Week Schedule 2020

The Esports Venue Summit Virtual Week will provide four days 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THIS WEEK: The virtual summit is hosted on our dedicated event platform at:

esports-venue-summit-virtual.heysummit.com

The timings given below are shown in GMT/UTC but the event platform will automatically adjust to your time zone. All sessions will be available to replay immediately after release to suit your work commitments, with live debates and Q&As being available the following day.

Monday, October 26

In association with

14:00

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

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 Tom Lynch Gavin Poole John Sheehan (moderator) Martin Wyatt

SESSION SPONSORED BY

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 3A: 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 3B: Esports and the power of broadcast technologies to reach unlimited audiences
James Dean Mo Goyal Alex McBride Martin Omes (moderator) Cameron Reed Ursula Romero

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

In association with

14:00

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

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
Manuel Angulo Anke Ellis Mo Goyal Mark Hempel Adam Horodecki Albin Hübl Dean Offord Tom Rockhill Calum Wallace

SESSION SPONSORED BY

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.

Featuring...

'Enhancing fan experience and maximising revenue for esports clubs and venues' from Rapid Retail

'Reaching the widest possible audience for your live esports event’ from Evertz

'How to successfully bring esports events into your event calendar' from Forum Seating by Nowy Styl

'The Roder Modular Esports Arena' from Manuel Angulo, APAC Project Director, Röder Architecture

'Discover how xR can engage your audiences like never before' from Tom Rockhill, CSO, Disguise

... and other suppliers including Elan Inventa, IHSE, Nowy Styl/Forum Seating & Panasonic Business

Speakers

16:30
Wednesday, October 28

In association with

13:45

13:45 Session 6A: Global Projects Showcase – Level Up: Opportunities for growth in esports
Chris Chaney Michael French (moderator) Jamie Hindhaugh Gavin Poole

SESSION SPONSORED BY

Level Up: Opportunities for growth in esports

It’s been another landmark year for the esports industry with huge growth in the sector globally. Businesses are turning their attention to how they can be involved, building meaningful partnerships and pivoting their strategies to leverage the growth opportunities.

In this session you'll hear from founding business leaders in tech, sports and gaming who are collaborating across their sectors and enabling the esports industry to grow and flourish in the UK and US.

Topics will include; the evolution of the sector, key priorities for building a talent pipeline, curating a place that esports companies want to call home and the opportunities in cross-over sports partnerships.

Speakers

14:30

14:30 Session 6B: Global Projects Showcase – Esports hubs, technology and design
Chris Dite Alex Mizui

SESSION SPONSORED BY

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

Speakers

15:15

15:15 Session 7: Venue Versatility – key requirements from a venue perspective to successfully host esports events
Ben Akroyd Andrew Haworth John Sheehan (moderator) Ben Stuart Nicky Wightman

SESSION SPONSORED BY

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 Alastair Richardson Nick Sautner

SESSION SPONSORED BY

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

In association with

10:00

10:00 Bonus Session: Esports Venue Development in the APAC region
Michael Heina Phid McAwesome Jin Teik Oon John Sheehan (moderator) Adam Van Atta Joebert Yu

SESSION SPONSORED BY

A panel of industry experts from around the region will share their opinions about the current esports gaming landscape in the APAC region and their predictions for how this will evolve in the short to medium term.

Topics covered will include the emergence of new flexible esports events venues, the merger between traditional sports and esports and the importance of communications infrastructure at venues for both fans and influencers.

Speakers

14:00

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

SESSION SPONSORED BY

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

15:15 Session 10: Evolving trends in esports venue design (panel discussion)
Matthew Batchelor Chi Bhatia Chris Dite Brian Mirakian John Rhodes John Sheehan (moderator)

SESSION SPONSORED BY

Senior executives from 5 of the most successful sports venue design practices in the world will share their opinions on both current and future approaches to esports venue design.

Covering everything from large scale purpose built esports Arenas through to fully immersive multi-purpose ‘digital venues’ and how traditional sports venues can repurpose their space to include esports events, this session is a MUST ATTEND for everyone in both the esports and traditional sports sectors.

Speakers

16:30