iSportConnect’s full event calendar – 2023

Here is a rundown of our 2023 calendar, we haven’t finalised topics and dates for all of our events yet but this should give you a good idea of what is coming up and when.

February 28th – Virtual Workshop, How to create 2023 Sports Partnerships that deliver Commercial Impact. (Virtual)

March 7th – Masterclass+, How to Monetize Gen Z Fan Engagement (London)

Later March – Masterclass+, How to Create Innovative Digital Strategies to Grow and Engage International Federation Audiences (Lausanne)

April – Masterclass+, How to Monetize your OTT platform in 2023 (London)

April – Masterclass+, How to use Sponsorship to grow your Brand in a Recession (London)

May – Virtual Workshop, Digital Experiences (Virtual)

May – Masterclass+, Commercial Revenue (London)

June – Masterclass+, Sponsor Strategy and Activation (London)

June 28th-29th, Web3 Summit for Sport, Entertainment & Gaming (Emirates Stadium, London)

July – Masterclass+, Commercial Revenues (London)

August – Virtual Workshop, Media and Broadcast Revenues (Virtual)

September – Masterclass+, Digital Experiences (London)

September – Masterclass+, Sponsorship Strategy and Activation (London)

October – Masterclass+, Broadcast Revenues (London)

October – Virtual Workshop, Commercial Revenues (Virtual)

October – Summit International Federations (Lausanne)

November – Masterclass+, Commercial Revenues (London)

November – Masterclass+, Leadership (London)

November – Web3 Summit for Sport, Entertainment & Gaming (Los Angeles)

December – Masterclass+, Sponsor Strategy and Activation (London)

iSportConnect Masterclass+ – How to monetize Gen Z fan engagement

iSportConnect Masterclass+ events provide senior executives with a platform to share and debate the opportunities and issues facing the business of sport.

They are half day invitation-only events which focus on solving real industry challenges through peer group discussion and provide an opportunity to network and learn from like-minds, building the relationships that will change the industry for the better.

Topic Background:

According to a 2021 Bloomberg report, Gen Z account for $360 billion in disposable income. Businesses are trying to figure out how to market to this generation and many struggle to get them to buy, especially as their spending habits differ significantly from previous generations.

Workshop 1 – How to convert your Gen Z audience into customers

Discussion Topics:

  • ●  How important is the Gen Z audience?
  • ●  What successes or failures have you experienced from yourattempts to monetise Gen Z audiences?
  • ●  Where do you start if you want to monetise Gen Zaudiences?
  • ●  How do you grow with Gen Z as their disposable incomegrows?

Workshop 2 – How to make your property a priority for Gen Z brands

Discussion Topics:

● What Gen Z brands are leveraging sports and entertainment properties most effectively?

● What are the must-have partnership assets that Gen Z brands are looking for?

● What new capabilities do rights holders need to acquire to successfully retain Gen Z brand partner

iSportConnect Virtual Masterclass – How to Create 2023 Sports Partnerships that Deliver Commercial Impact

iSportConnect Virtual Workshops provide busy senior executives with a platform to share and debate the opportunities and issues facing the business of sport.

They are one hour invitation-only events which focus on solving real industry challenges through peer group discussion and provide an opportunity to network and learn from like-minds, building the relationships that will change the industry for the better. 

Topic Background:

Sponsorship remains an incredibly powerful tool to reinforce and empower a brand’s image, increase its visibility amongst consumers and create opportunities to grow new business. However, as economic uncertainty continues, how can brands and rights holders deliver more for less from sports partnerships in 2023? 

Breakout Discussion:

  • How to ensure partnerships are strategic and well-conceived?
  • What new capabilities are needed to deliver successful partnerships in 2023 and beyond?
  • How to measure impact and inform future strategy

Advantage All Global Forum

Join us for the Advantage All Global Forum on Monday 14th November 10:30-12 GMT.

The Global Forum aims to empower women to take leadership positions in all areas of sports, maintain balanced participation, raise the commercial appeal of the women’s game, manage the media image of women’s sport and create a culture that includes and inspires all.

With those principles central to the event, we’ve curated two panel sessions that really dive deep into increasing the visibility and improving the portrayal of women’s sport across the media and how you can contribute to growing and commercialising women’s sport.

iSportConnect Leadership Masterclass

iSportConnect will be holding its 2022 Leadership Masterclass in the heart of London at the offices of Withersworldwide on December 7.

You will get the opportunity to network with influential senior executives from across the world of sport. Our Chatham House policy encourages our speakers to open up in a confidential environment that makes for lively and valuable discussion where rights holders, brands and broadcasters can express their views openly and honestly. 

We will be debating the role that leadership plays in sport in today’s ever-changing landscape.

iSportConnect’s 2022 Brands Masterclass

iSportConnect’s Masterclass Series are sector specific and identify important emerging trends and developments across the business of sport.

An invitation-only event for our community of senior executives, our events provide a media/agency free opportunity to network and learn with like-minds, building relationships that will change our industry for the better. 

iSportConnect welcomes you to join our fourth Masterclass of 2022 – The Brands Masterclass is especially for brands looking to maximise their engagement with sport as well as rights owners trying to improve the ROI they generate for brand partners. 

There is much talk about the world lurching into a global recession which means that many marketing budgets face being cut. The marketing investments made in sport by brands will in turn be put under the spotlight. How can brands and rights owners evolve to ensure that the value of a partnership continues to grow and remain relevant into the future?

Join the debate with senior brand, marketing and partnerships executives across the business of sports  to discuss how sport and sponsors need to evolve to remain relevant to each other.

iSport Connect’s 2022 Lausanne Masterclass

iSportConnect’s Masterclass Series are sector specific and identify important emerging trends and developments across the business of sport.

An invitation-only event for our community of senior executives, our events provide a media/agency free opportunity to network and learn with like-minds, building the relationships that will change our industry for the better. 

iSportConnect welcomes you to join our second Masterclass of 2022 – The Lausanne Masterclass, especially for International Federations and the community across the business of Sport in Canton Vaud. 

As the world of federated sport is increasingly being disrupted by new sport formats and younger fans continue to gravitate towards online environments, many International Federations are already looking at how they can diversify and grow the revenues they need to survive and thrive in a new era.

Join the debate with senior commercial, marketing and digital leaders across the International Federations community and beyond to discuss how IF’s can optimise and grow the next generation of revenue streams.

ESIC Global Esports Summit

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/

If you have any further questions pertaining to this release, please contact press@esic.gg OR info@eges.gg.