Esports Industry Set To Come Together For The Inaugural ESIC Global Esports Summit In London This April
March 31, 2022
The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) in collaboration with key stakeholders from the global esports industry, is preparing for the inaugural ESIC Global Esports Summit (EGES) 2022 which is taking place at the ExCeL, London on the 13th to 14th of April 2022.
The EGES 2022 will bring together various key stakeholders from the esports industry including the top esports publishers, tournament organisers, teams, non-endemics, mainstream media and more. The conference was established by ESIC to become the meeting place and knowledge share hub for the global esports industry. In addition to subject matter expert speakers delivering highly specialised insights across two content streams, the EGES will host a collection of closed-door industry meetings designed at achieving tangible progress in key challenge areas.
This year, the EGES will begin on the 13th of April 2022 with an invitation only ESIC Masterclass on Crime, Fraud and Esports featuring guests from law enforcement and governmental bodies as well as ESIC Anti-Corruption Supporters who will delve into the experiences they have had within the industry. After the conclusion of day 1, the main conference day, on the 14th of April 2022, will feature two specialised content streams: Main Stage keynote sessions and Think Tank expert deliberations and collaborations as well as various closed door industry meetings.
KEY SPEAKERS ON THE MAIN STAGE
The EGES will be a landmark esports industry event and will give attendees an opportunity to hear from the industry’s top thought leaders. The Main Stage will be the centrepiece of the conference with over 15 high profile esports thought leaders from around the world coming together to present meaningful keynote presentations on important esports topics, sharing the depth of their background and personal experiences.
A must-see session on the agenda is that of Michał Blicharz, the VP Pro Gaming at ESL who will be recounting his experiences in managing and developing the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) tournament, the world’s oldest and most prestigious pro gaming tour, watched by 55 million people across 180 countries each year.
Michał will be sharing his personal journey with IEM and how it survived the COVID 19 pandemic in the session ‘Katowice: The Making of an Event’.
Commenting on what you can look forward to at his session, Michał said:
“In 2013 the prospect of a stadium event hardly looked like a guaranteed slam dunk. Today, you could say that the history of ESL is divided into two distinct eras: what came before Intel Extreme Masters Katowice and what came after. Join me at the ESIC Global Esports Summit as I talk about the lessons, we’ve learned between founding the event, transitioning the main tournament from League of Legends to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and navigating it through the COVID-19 pandemic”
Another notable speaker presenting to the EGES attendees will be David Harris, the Managing Director of Guinevere Capital. David will be sharing his personal experiences on the Main Stage with his session on ‘Investing in Esports’.
Speaking on his session and attendance at the conference, David commented:
“After 2 years of disruption with the pandemic, I’m really looking forward to joining an in-person event focused on the esports sector. There will be much to discuss with investment and consolidation in the esports and gaming sector reaching new heights over recent months, along with the increased focus on the metaverse and web 3.0. It’s an exciting time for the industry with both new challenges and opportunities arriving”.
For more information about the Main Stage content at the EGES, visit: https://www.eges.gg/mainstage
KEY SPEAKERS ON THE THINK TANK
The EGES will also feature the unique and insightful ESIC Think Tank content track. The ESIC Think Tank is a debate style panel session where subject matter experts discuss a topical issue relevant to their area of expertise with the aim of progressing the industry’s understanding of the issue. One of these topics includes ‘Tournaments in a Post COVID-19 World’ in which the leading esports tournament operators will join the moderator to discuss how COVID-19 has affected their tournaments as well as exploring the ongoing ramifications of the pandemic on the future of esports.
The all-star cast joining this think tank discussion include: Michele Attisani, the Co Founder and CEO of FACEIT, Valentyn Shevchenko, the Head of Business Development at WePlay Esports and Andrew Haworth, the Commissioner of BLAST Premier.
Andrew Haworth shares a brief statement about what attendees can look forward to at the conference:
‘Firstly I’m excited to be getting back to in person conferences and being able to hear from colleagues across the industry on the challenges, success stories and learnings from the Covid era. Secondly I’m looking forward to sharing our experiences of delivering a range of tournaments during that era, what we’ll take from this going forward and what mistakes we’ve made and hopefully what we learnt from those mistakes’
The Think Tank will also bring other interesting topics to the EGES such as the ‘Trends in Commercialising Esports: A Team’s Perspective’ session. In this session, top esports teams such as Fnatic and OG Esports discuss the importance of developing strong brands to create sustainable businesses. Edward Gregory, the Senior Partnership Manager at Fnatic will be sharing how he authentically connects brands to fans, through innovative content and activations to leave a lasting impression, with Edward adding:
“I am incredibly excited to be speaking at the ESIC Global Esports Summit this year, the work they are doing in the space to bring legitimacy to all aspects of the industry is brilliant. Having worked in traditional sports as well as esports I look forward to sharing some of the insights I have gained as well as showcase the significant positive trajectory the industry is on, leaning on experiences I have gained from our industry leading partnership at Fnatic”
For more information about the Think Tank content at the EGES, visit: https://www.eges.gg/think-tank
About the Esports Integrity Commission
The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) is a non-for-profit, independent, industry member’s association with the mission to protect the integrity of esports by resolving key issues including match-manipulation, betting fraud and cheating in esports. Since its establishment in 2016 ESIC has slowly risen to be the guardian of integrity for the esports industry.
To date ESIC is recognised in several jurisdictions across internationally. ESIC has also acquired over 50+ industry members such as ESL, BLAST, WePlay Esports, and more.
How to get involved:
The inaugural ESIC Global Esports Summit 2022 is now less than a month away, and will be a landmark conference for the esports industry. Whether you will be attending with your colleagues, your friends or by yourself, be sure you don’t miss out!
For iSportConnect readers only, ESIC will be providing 20% off current ticket prices – https://registration.gesevent.com/survey/12c2ac8prjsw0?actioncode=ESIC20
Secure your EGES ticket now!
If you are looking for more details about the event including our list of speakers and agenda, please head to EGES website: https://www.eges.gg/