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Jud Hannigan

CEO, Allied Esports

With more than 15 years of global consulting, marketing and executive experience, Jud Hannigan is now at the forefront of the booming esports industry. Jud is a co-founder and CEO of Allied Esports International, a leading developer of esports properties and content, and a subsidiary of Allied Esports Entertainment (NASDAQ: AESE). The company’s portfolio includes venues, production studios and 18-wheel semi-truck mobile arenas that serve as competition battlegrounds and content generation hubs through either direct operation or as part of the Allied Esports Property Network, the first affiliate program available to partners looking to open new esports facilities around the world.

Allied Esports’ flagship location, HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, opened in March 2018 to rave reviews and was home to one of the industry’s first competitive Fortnite events – Ninja Vegas ’18 – starring streaming sensation Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. The globally recognized, state-of-the-art venue has hosted some of the biggest names in gaming and a wide variety of esports entertainment events, including League of Legends All-Star, the Capcom Cup, the NHL Gaming World Championship and NBA 2K’s “THE TURN.” The arena’s nightly tournament programming has become the foundation for Las Vegas’ growing esports community.

Prior to co-founding Allied Esports, Jud was a Vice President at Ourgame International, a leading online card and board game developer based in China. In 2006, Jud founded consulting and trading company Big Turn International in Beijing, serving as Managing Director until 2015, and worked with clients throughout Asia across the Sports and Entertainment, Gaming, Television, Apparel and Media industries.

Prior to moving to China in 2006, Jud worked in sales and partnership development for NYC Marketing, an office created by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he developed and executed marketing programs with official city partners and events, including Snapple Beverage Group and the 2005 CMA Awards. Prior to NYC Marketing, Jud worked in the Corporate and Community Relations division of the New York Yankees’ front office.

Wednesday, September 25

Examining Esports Venues

Jud Hannigan, CEO, Allied Esports
Keith Sheldon, Executive VP, Programming and Development, BSE Global
Rashed Singaby, Senior Project Designer and Senior Associate, HOK