The explosive growth of e-sports and its impact on the travel industry will take center stage this fall at the first-of-its-kind eSportsTravel Summit. The eSportsTravel Summit will be held as part of the TEAMS ’17 Conference & Expo, October 30–November 2, in Orlando. TEAMS is the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers.
“We are assembling an impressive presenter roster for this inaugural summit,” said Timothy Schneider, founder and chairman of the Sports Division of Northstar Travel Group, which publishes SportsTravel magazine and organizes the TEAMS Conference & Expo. “Event organizers, destinations and suppliers who want to gain a better understanding of the impact of e-sports should make plans now to attend the eSportsTravel Summit at TEAMS ’17,” said Schneider.
Included with TEAMS Conference registration, the eSportsTravel Summit will begin with an educational session on October 31 on the similarities and differences of organizing and hosting e-sports competitions. With e-sports events filling venues from Madison Square Garden in New York to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the session will focus on the unique considerations of e-sports events in the areas of venue selection, accommodations, security and merchandising. The session will be moderated by Nathan Lindberg, director of global e-sports sponsorships for Twitch.
The eSportsTravel Summit will also feature a session titled “The Digitalization of Sports: How AI, AR, VR and eSports Will Affect Your Events.” The session, which will be part of one of the TEAMS Conference Super Sessions, will be held on November 1 and will provide sports-industry professionals with insights into how artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality and e-sports will transform the sports-event industry. Confirmed presenters include Scott Gutterman, vice-president of digital operations for the PGA Tour, and Tobias Sherman, former global head of e-sports for WME-IMG. The session will be moderated by Manny Anekal, founder and CEO of The Next Level, the leading daily news resource for the e-sports industry.
The eSportsTravel Summit will conclude on the afternoon of November 1 with an educational session that will examine the launch of the NBA 2K League, which the NBA sees as a platform for the engagement of the next generation of sports fans. Confirmed presenters for the session include Aaron Ryan, senior vice-president of business operations for the NBA 2K League; Ted Dalton, senior vice-president of corporate partnerships and business development for the Boston Celtics; Alex Martins, chief executive officer for the Orlando Magic; Josh Barney, director of e-sports and technology for the Utah Jazz; and broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein, vice-president of content and brand development for Campus Insiders.
“Just as e-sports represents the evolution of the sports-event industry, the eSportsTravel Summit represents the continued growth and evolution of the TEAMS Conference & Expo,” said Schneider. “We’ve been tracking the growth of e-sports in SportsTravel and at TEAMS for the past few years but now the phenomenon of e-sports is maturing into a powerhouse for the travel industry. Attendees at TEAMS ’17 will play a part in the evolution of our industry—and that’s something that will only happen at TEAMS.”
For more information or to register for TEAMS ’17, which includes the eSportsTravel Summit, call (877) 577-3700 or visit TEAMSconference.com.