iSportconnect’s eSports masterclass today, February 20 provided a fantastic platform for industry leaders who specialise in eSports to share their knowledge and enjoy a wonderful day of learning and networking at Withersworldwide in London.
The eSports Masterclass took a deeper look at several subjects in order to provide our delegates with a much greater understanding of this new world of sports business.
The eSports Masterclass opened with a panel discussing the difficulty of providing sporting venues for eSports events, with panellists Charlie Allen from ESL, Nikita Buffee of Allied eSports and Gfinity’s Mike Dickman.
iSportconnect’s Jay Stuart then conducted a feature interview with Graham Wallace, CEO of Gfinity, discussing how the major eSports company is evolving.
A brief networking break took place ahead of the second panel on ‘Building eSports Partnerships’. We heard from Leo Matlock of Blast Premier, Renault Sport Racing’s Guillaume Vergnas and Withersworldwide’s Iain Cockburn, with the panel moderated by Ian Smith.
After lunch the third session kicked off with professional NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman, founder of Burton Kligerman eSports, who was interviewed by Goodform’s Joe Kyle to explain his venture into the eSports sector.
The third panel then surrounded entertainment and innovation, with Craig Edmondson of Zwift, McLaren Racing’s Leeston Bryant and Matthew Ivey from Tata Communications providing their views, moderated by Marcus Meyer.
More networking then took place ahead of the final panel of the 2020 eSports Masterclass, covering brands and the eSports audience. On this panel was Formula 1’s Julian Tan, Alban Dechelotte of Riot Games and Adam Savinson from Betway eSports, moderated by Remer Rietkerk.
To close today’s proceedings there was an extremely interesting interview with General Counsel of Fnatic, Andrew Cooke, which was carried out by Dominic Quantrill of The Quantrill Partnership.