Los Angeles—As winter crawls towards spring, esports and sports industry professionals are gearing up to take on a new season of sports and beyond. Taking place on April 2nd – 3rd, 2018, XLIVE’s Esports Summit touches down in Los Angeles for as an extension to their widely-successful NYC event. XLIVE has been providing resources, connections and information to the live event and esports industries for 15 years and has become a trusted leader in the field. The XLIVE Esports and Sports Summit is the first senior level forum of its kind to connect stakeholders, franchises, innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders in the Esports and traditional sports industries to discuss the development of teams, players, organization infrastructure, collegiate-pro ecosystems and player unions.
With no shortage of captivating panels, workshops, keynote speakers and fireside chats, this year’s program examines the current landscape of traditional sports and esports, major drivers of change and different strategies top companies are currently utilizing. An immersive educational experience, XLIVE’s Sports and Esports track will welcome representatives from the Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Complexity Gaming, Infinite Esports & Entertainment, Press X, Turner Sports and many more to discuss a wide variety of topics, including:
- What’s Holding Esports Back? Building Brand Partnerships for the Next Decade—This 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 training tools, foster community and get them closer to the games that they love as the market and industry continues to evolve. Panelists include KSV Sports co-founder and COO Kent Wakeford; NRG Esports CEO Brett Lautenbach; Hyperx director of corporate marketing Daniel Kelley and Immortals & LA Valient president and COO Ari Segal.
- Crowning Champions: Elevating the Esports Athlete—This expert panel of team owners, agents and players will discuss the barriers that are preventing a true developmental pipeline for esports talent from coming to fruition and offer their insights into how the esports community can come together to make these ideas a reality. Panelists will include Drone Racing League CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski; Morgan Stanley executive director Brian Nowak; ESL SVP of publisher and developer relations Sean Charles; and Esports, Turner Sports director of product and partnerships Nick Ranish.
- Pro Sports & Esports Partnerships—Join an esteemed panel of team owners as they discuss the future of marrying traditional sports and esports. Panels include TNL Media and Versus Sports founder and CEO Manny Anekal; Courtside Ventures partner Deepen Parikh; Milwaukee Bucks director of business operations Cayle Drabinsky; Fanai founder and CEO Johannes Waldstein and Houston Rockets director of esports development Sebastian Park.
Beyond traditional sports, competitive gaming has emerged as the new frontier in entertainment, now earning around $1 billion in annual revenue. As the esports market grows into a blend of digital entertainment, interactivity, fandom, and spectacle, XLIVE offers an insider’s look into the burgeoning industry. XLIVE highlights the intersection of the rapidly expanding esports market with traditional sports, and how to deliver the best experience to fans and sports teams alike. This executive summit provides attendees with insight about the vast array of investment options, brand partnerships, talent development, risk factors, scalability, and more by giving them the opportunity to interact with leading organizations and executives at the forefront of the esports industry.
With plans for XLIVE 2018 to return to Las Vegas this December 9th – 12th, multifaceted organization XLIVE will continue to revolutionize the way live event and festival organizations share expertise, learn, and most paramount, envision the future of the industry. XLIVE convenes with leading experts at the intersection of music, film, culinary, beverage, eSports, technology and the experiences that culminate at festivals and live events. Reflecting the passion of the vibrant festival community, XLIVE serves as a catalyst for curating unique, memorable and life-changing experiences within the growing, dynamic and influential realm of festivals. XLIVE opens 2018 with its Data and Analytics Summit this April 3rd – 4th, 2018.
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Sponsors for Esports & Sports Summit
Thuzi (Presenting Sponsor) – Experient (Presenting Sponsor) – Eventbrite (Presenting Sponsor)
World Stage (Premier Sponsor) – Drug Free Sports (Supporting Sponsor)
MS Events (Presenting Sponsor) – SquadUp (Premier Sponsor)
Partners for Esports & Sports Summit
The Next Level (Content Partner) – GG Media Network (Media Partner)
Ultimate (Creative Partner) – Esports Insider (Creative Partner) – The Esports Observer (Creative Partner)
DOT Esports (Creative Partner) – Prime Advocates (Creative Partner)
Esports Betting Report (Creative Partner) – National Sports Forum (Creative Partner)
Events for Gamers (Creative Partner) – Esports Ad-Bureau (Creative Partner)
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