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 XLIVE Esports Summit

XLIVE Esports Summit

Learn from 175+ senior executives as they identify the business opportunities and barriers to entry in an industry that is expected to be worth close to $1 billion by 2019.

For 15 years XLIVE has been providing resources and information to the live event and esports industries. The XLIVE Esports Summit is the first senior level forum of its kind that will bring together esports industry stakeholders and traditional professional sports franchises under one roof to discuss the impact that esports will have on the future of the sports and entertainment industries. This event will convene esports team owners/players, venue operators, tournament organizers, broadcasters, sponsors, agencies, legal experts, consultants, product developers, venture capitalists with professional sports teams investing in eSports for an intimate event focused on the business and technological evolution of the rapidly evolving esports market.

  • Ann Hand, Chairman & CEO, Super League Gaming
  • Kent Wakeford, Co-Founder & COO, KSV Esports
  • Brett Lautenbach, CEO, NRG Esports
  • Chris Chaney, President, Infinite Esports & Entertainment
  • Nicholas Horbaczewski, CEO, Drone Racing League
  •  Sebastian Park, Director of Esports Development, Houston Rocket
  •  Deepen Parikh, Partner, Courtside Ventures

Opening Remarks
Join us for early networking and coffee as the XLIVE Esports Summit kicks off with our opening remarks.
 
9:45 am - 10:35 am Auditorium
What’s Holding Esports Back? Building Brand Partnerships for the Next Decade
Through live events and sponsorships, brands are earning the respect of brand-wary gamers by helping to elevate esports and activate that aspirational quality that makes esports so unique. Our panel of leading industry executives map out ways to supplement game-day action with giveaways and signage, support teams, help gamers get better through hands-on play and […]
Kent Wakeford, Co-Founder & COO, KSV Esports
Brett Lautenbach, CEO, NRG Esports
Daniel Kelley, Director of Corporate Marketing, HyperX
Ari Segal, President & COO, Immortals & LA Valient
 
10:40 am - 11:00 am Auditorium
The Digital Frontier and the Future of Event Tech in Esports
To many esports is still a very new experience, yet the jaw dropping stages and activations continue to impress all those that participate in live LAN events. With the continued advancements in technology and the digital infrastructure needed for esports events, there will only grow more FOMO experiences for those in attendance. Join us as […]
Richard Steinau, Senior Vice President, WorldStage
 
11:00 am - 11:30 am Auditorium
XLIVE Esports Summit Opening Keynote
XLIVE Keynotes offer a great opportunity to dive into the highs and lows of past industry events lead by some of the best thought leaders of the field. XLIVE Keynotes are presented by top executives and industry leaders that put on some of the biggest and best live events around the world.  We’ll dive into […]
 
11:35 am - 12:05 pm Auditorium
Morning Networking and Exhibit Break
The conference sessions are what makes XLIVE a special event, but it’s the quality of our networking opportunities that truly sets us apart as the premier conference for live event organizers.
 
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm Auditorium
Team Strategies & Training
Becoming an elite esports athlete takes more than just mastering the mechanics of the game. As more traditional sports organizations enter the esports market we see a growing intersection of training regimens that include meal plans, workout schedules, and game time. Our panel of industry experts and team owners, share their insights to finding the […]

Diamond Leung, Managing Editor, SportTechie
Jason Lake, Founder & CEO, Complexity Gaming
Nick Phan, General Manager, FlyQuest
Drug Free Sport
 
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm Auditorium
Collegiate Esports
There is no better competition when university pride and glory is on the line, including collegiate bouts over esports titles as it seems a perfect fit for publisher’s core demographics. In this session we explore the accomplishments and struggles of esports in the collegiate space, discussing the growth of varsity programs, NCAA involvement, the implementation […]

Tyler Schrodt, Founder and CEO, Electronic Gaming Federation
Michael Brooks, Executive Director, NACE
Adam & Tyler Rosen, Co-Founders, Tespa
Erin Harvego, Vice President, Big Ten Network
 
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Auditorium
Lunch Break
Enjoy lunch in our exhibit area while catching up with old friends or getting the chance to build new relationships with senior level esports industry executives in attendance. Lunch Sponsored by:
Eventbrite
 
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Auditorium
Crowning Champions – Elevating the Esports Athlete
Much like young athletes in professional sports leagues across the globe, emerging esports players are often inhibited by a lack of opportunities to improve their skills against more established competition. This situation has led to stakeholders in the esports community discussing the possibility of establishing NCAA designated collegiate tournaments, minor league systems and talent combines […]

Nicholas Horbaczewski, CEO, Drone Racing League
Brian Nowak, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley | Research
Sean Charles, SVP of Publisher & Developer Relations, ESL
Nick Ranish, Director of Product and Partnerships, Esports, Turner Sports
 
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Auditorium
Brand Building Strategies for Regionalized Esports
A league’s health and its accessibility to outsiders can be measured by how many sponsors it has including both endemic and non-endemics. As various publishers test the waters of regionalizing their titles and competition, there comes a growing need well executed partnership plans for both competing teams and event organizers. Our expert panels, led by […]

Stan Press, Head of Business Development, VY Esports
Chris Chaney, President, Infinite Esports & Entertainment
David Wu, Co-Founder & CFO, Panda Global
 
3:25 pm - 4:15 pm Auditorium
Pro Sports & Esports Partnerships
Over the last few years there has been an influx of traditional sports looking for more ways to integrate with the esports community and with the formation of franchise leagues, traditional sport organizations are finding reason to make the long term investment. From the 76ers to Yankees to Paris-Saint Germain, teams of every sport have […]

Manny Anekal, Founder & CEO, TNL Media & Versus Sports
Deepen Parikh, Partner, Courtside Ventures
Cayle Drabinsky, Director of Business Operations, Milwaukee Bucks
Johannes Waldstein, Founder & CEO, FanAI
Sebastian Park, Director of Esports Development, Houston Rockets
 
3:25 pm - 3:45 pm Auditorium
Brand + Player Relationships: The Role of the Agent
In a constantly changing esports industry with new teams, leagues and competitions emerging in every corner of the globe, the collective bargaining agreements, revenue-sharing models and universal player’s representation that professional sports leagues have in place to protect their athletes is still largely non-existent. This lack of standardization across the industry has been a major […]

Ryan Morrison, Founding Partner, Morrison & Lee
Mike Lee, Head of Partnerships, Press X
David Huntzinger, Agent – Digital Media, WME
 
4:20 pm - 4:50 pm Auditorium
Afternoon Networking and Exhibit Break
The conference sessions are what makes XLIVE a special event, but it’s the quality of our networking opportunities that truly sets us apart as the premier conference for live event organizers.
 
4:55 pm - 5:30 pm Auditorium
XLIVE Esports Fireside Chat
XLIVE Fireside Chat offer a great opportunity to dive into the highs and lows of industry events lead by some of the best thought leaders in their field. XLIVE Fireside Chat are presented by top executives and industry leaders that put on some of the biggest and best live events around the world.  We’ll explore the nitty gritty on what worked, what […]
Nate Eckman, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Ultimate Media Ventures
Tobias Sherman, Founder & CEO, FOUNDRY IV
 
5:35 pm - 5:55 pm Auditorium
Finding the Next Generation of Gamers: Building Competitive Amatuer Leagues for Esports with Super League Gaming
XLIVE Fireside Chat offer a great opportunity to dive into the highs and lows of industry events lead by some of the best thought leaders in their field. XLIVE Fireside Chat are presented by top executives and industry leaders that put on some of the biggest and best live events around the world.  We’ll explore the nitty gritty on what worked, what […]
Ann Hand, Chairman & CEO, Super League Gaming
 
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Auditorium
XLIVE Esports Summit Closing Keynote
XLIVE Keynotes offer a great opportunity to dive into the highs and lows of past industry events lead by some of the best thought leaders of the field. XLIVE Keynotes are presented by top executives and industry leaders that put on some of the biggest and best live events around the world.  We’ll dive into […]
 
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Auditorium
XLIVE Esports Summit Closing Reception
Please join us as we send off XLIVE Esports Summit 2018 with an evening of next-level networking, drinks and refreshments.
 

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