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Esports Rising
Thursday, November 19
1:00 PM ET- 5:45 PM ET

1:00     
Welcome and Opening Remarks          

1:05     
The State of the Esports Industry Presentation by TEO

Trent Murray, Staff Writer, TEO/SBJ
Remer Rietkerk, Head, Esports, Newzoo

1:25     
In-Game Advertising and the Impact on Sponsorships
Matt Archambault, Head, Esports Partnerships and Business Development, N.A. Riot Games
Itamar Benedy, CEO, Anzu.IO

Moderator: Adam Stern, Staff Writer, SBJ

1:45     
The Importance of Viewership Engagement
Nick Cronin, Co-founder & Chief Digital Officer, Zoomph
Jaci Hays, COO, FaZe Clan

Moderator: Austin Karp, Managing Digital Editor, SBJ

2:05     
Luxury Brands and Esports: Stepping Stone, or Long-Term Play?
Pia Schörner, Head, BMW Esports

Moderator: Kevin Hitt Hughes, Staff Writer, SBJ/TEO

2:25     
What Has COVID-19 Done to the Franchise Model?
Lori Burgess, COO, Beasley Esports
Hunter Leigh, Head, Esports, Golden State Warriors
Alex Rubens, Senior Vice President, Team Operations, Kroenke Esports

Moderator: Kevin Hitt Hughes, Staff Writer, SBJ/TEO

2:45   
Media Veteran Weighs-In on Esports Investment and Plans Going Forward
David Levy, Chairman, Advisory Board, Andbox 

Moderator: John Ourand, Staff Writer, SBJ    

3:00 PM      
Break

3:15     
The Future of Esports Physical Venue Design
John Fazio, Founder and CEO, Nerd Street Gamers
Brian Mirakian, Senior Principal, Populous
Jonathon Oudthone, President, Esports Stadium Arlington

Moderator: Adam Stern, Staff Writer, SBJ

3:35     
Connecting with Small Passionate Communities
Alan Bunney, CEO, Panda Global
Stephen Ellis, CEO & Co-Founder, Pipeline
Nicole LaPointe Jameson, CEO, Evil Geniuses

Moderator: Trent Murray, Staff Writer, SBJ/TEO

3:55    
The Future Role of Collegiate Esports
Lindsey Darvin, Assistant Professor, Sports Management Dept., State University of New York College at Cortland
Dr. Alan Ritacco, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Dean, School of Design, Becker College
Wim Stocks, CEO, Collegiate StarLeague

Guest Moderator: Dr. Marc Williams, Global Scholar Practitioner, Florida Memorial University

4:15     
Mobile Gaming and the Impact on Esports Going Forward
Patrick Carney, Founder & CEO, Tribe Gaming
James Yang, Director, PUBG Mobile Esports, Tencent

Moderator: Trent Murray, Staff Writer, SBJ/TEO

4:35    
Partner Insights - Where is the Money?  Latham & Watkins Share Insights on M&A in Europe

Mike Turner, Partner, Latham & Watkins

Facilitator: Trent Murray, Staff Writer, SBJ/TEO

4:45    
How to Fix the Structural Challenges of the Esports Industry
Kristin Connelly, Head, Global Marketing, Activision Blizzard Esports 
Arnold Hur, COO & Co-President, Gen.G Esports
Nicola Piggott, Co-Founder, The Story Mob
Kelsey Rowley, Communications Manager, Spectacor Gaming and T1 Entertainment & Sports and Co-Founder,  FTW
Kristen Salvatore, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Cloud9
Meredith Weber, Brand Partners Associate, Spectacor Gaming and Co-Founder, FTW

5:15   
Closing Remarks and Virtual Networking
An in-depth networking session where attendees will have an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with fellow attendees via zoom. Stay tuned for additional details.

5:45     
Virtual Program Concludes     

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