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Moderator: Ben Fischer

Staff Writer
Sports Business Journal

Ben Fischer has covered Olympic and action sports for the SportsBusiness Journal since 2015, and has more recently tackled the emerging esports industry. He’s covered two Olympic Games, Los Angeles’ pursuit of the 2028 Olympics and the rush of sports investment dollars into competitive video gaming. Before turning to sports, he wrote about the technology and health care industries over a 12-year career. A  graduate of Kent State University and the University of Ilinois-Springfield, he and his wife live in Queens, NY.

Tuesday, November 13

FEATURED INTERVIEW

Investing in Esports: The Money Behind the Deal

Ken Hersh, Founder & Owner, Hersh Interactive Group and Hersh Family Investments
Moderator: Ben Fischer, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

ROUNDTABLE SESSION

The Esports Ecosystem: Building the Esports Economy

Moderator: Ben Fischer, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal
Daniel Cherry, CMO, Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues
Jason Lake, Founder & CEO, Complexity Gaming
Nathan Lindberg, Director, Global Esports Sponsorships, Twitch
Nicola Piggott, Co-Founder, The Story Mob
Carlos Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, G2 Esports

ROUNDTABLE SESSION

Sponsorship ROI Equation: Branding+Activation+Fan Engagement

Moderator: Ben Fischer, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal
John Bonini, Vice President & General Manager, Esports and Gaming, Intel
Christian Flathman, Global Motorsports and Sponsorship Advisor, ExxonMobil
Edward Gold, Advertising Director, State Farm
Shiz Suzuki, Assistant Vice President, Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing, AT&T
Wednesday, November 14

ROUNDTABLE SESSION

The Nuts and Bolts of Running an Esports Organization

Moderator: Ben Fischer, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal
Nick Allen, Vice President, Esports, Madison Square Garden; and COO, Counter Logic Gaming
Brett Lautenbach, President, NRG Esports
Geoff Moore, President & COO, Envy Gaming
Ryan Musselman, President, Infinite Esports & Entertainment
Ari Segal, President & COO, Immortals

FEATURED INTERVIEW

Investing in Esports: Bridging the Gap Between Esports and Traditional Sports

Moderator: Ben Fischer, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal
Kirk Lacob, Vice President, GSW Sports Ventures; Assistant General Manager, Golden State Warriors