The Art of the Tournament
1:05 – 1:45 PM
Tournaments bring the excitement of esports to life, allowing players and fans to share in the experience of live competition. But creating a compelling tournament requires the right mix of art and science in order to deliver on the lofty expectations of players and fans. This session will provide a deep dive into the key elements required to launch a successful tournament, including technology, production, broadcasting, partner alignment, staging, sponsor development and activation, and more.
Jonmichael Bukosky, CEO & Founder, Ultimate Media Ventures
Bassem Dahdouh, Esports Manager, Esports Arena Vegas
Matt Edelman, Chief Content Officer, Super League Gaming
John Fazio, CEO, N3rd Street Gamers
Wim Stocks, CEO, World Gaming
Moderated by Kevin Knocke, VP, Esports, RekT Global
From Athlete to Entrepreneur: How Sports Figures Play a Role in Startups that Change the World
4:10 – 4:45 PM
In October, 2017, before Fortnite had been streamed on Twitch for 700+ million hours, SeventySix Capital made a strategic investment in the esports industry by backing N3rd Street Gamers. Led by MLB superstar Ryan Howard, SeventySix Capital has become the go-to platform for elite athletes to invest, learn and grow while providing an unfair advantage to startups looking to become billion dollar companies. Join us as Ryan, Wayne and John share their strategies for investing in esports and an inside look into how sports figures play a role in elevating startups above the rest.
The Beta Tank
4:45 – 5:30 PM
Entrepreneurs from around the world of esports will make their case in front of potential investors, looking to make their mark on a billion-dollar industry as they seek funding for their projects. Who will connect and who will miss their mark?
Chris Chaney, Founder, President & Owner, Infinite Esports and Entertainment
Jens Hilgers, Founding Partner, BITKRAFT Esports Ventures
Ryan Howard, Partner, SeventySix Capital
Wayne Kimmel, Partner/Founder, SeventySix Capital
Akif Malik, Partner, Podium VC