The United States eSports Federation has announced that it will hold its inaugural Annual Meeting at the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit, which will be held August 11–13 at the Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The co-location agreement was announced today at Regional SportAccord Pan America in Fort Lauderdale. Produced by Northstar Meetings Group and hosted by the Arlington Sports Commission, the EsportsTravel Summit is the only business conference that focuses on esports tournaments and events as well as the role of the travel industry in the continued growth of esports.
“We are excited to partner with the United States eSports Federation,” said Timothy Schneider, founder of the EsportsTravel Summit and chairman of the Sports Division of Northstar Travel Group, which publishes SportsTravel magazine and also organizes the annual TEAMS Conference & Expo. “This partnership reflects the increasing profile of esports at the national level as well as the continued growth of esports as a global phenomenon.”
The United States eSports Federation is recognized as the National Governing Body of esports by the International Esports Federation. In addition to its Annual Meeting, USeF plans to stage the USA qualifier for the 12th Annual Esports World Championships, organized by the International Esports Federation, at the EsportsTravel Summit.
“This agreement enhances one of our main objectives, which is to unite esports stakeholders to promote the growth of esports throughout the United States,” said USeF President Vlad Marinescu. “Only through collaboration of all stakeholders in the United States can we ensure a sustainable growth model and protect athletes.”
Attendees at the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit will convene at the 100,000-square-foot Esports Stadium Arlington, the largest stadium for live competitive gaming in North America. With a seating capacity of 2,500, the stadium features a 90-foot LED stage display with theatrical lights and sound. Other features include a state-of-the-art broadcast facility, a gamer gallery and modular breakout space for press, catering and VIP lounges. The stadium is connected to a 48,000-square-foot exhibit hall.
The EsportsTravel Summit was launched in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference & Expo in Orlando in 2017 and has since been held as a stand-alone event in Las Vegas in 2018 and Atlantic City in 2019. The Summit facilitates partnerships between esports organizations and the travel industry while providing educational programming, a marketplace and multiple business networking opportunities. According to Goldman Sachs, the global esports audience is expected to grow from 194 million people in 2019 to 276 million in 2022.
About Northstar Travel Group
Northstar Travel Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the travel industry including leisure/retail, corporate/business travel, corporate and sports meetings, incentives, hospitality, and travel technology. Northstar is the owner of well-known brands including Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Incentive, M&C China, Business Travel News, Travel Procurement, The Beat, Travel Weekly US, TravelAge West, Travel Weekly China, Travel42, Axus Travel App, and Web in Travel.
The company produces more than 80 face-to-face events in 13 countries in retail travel, hospitality, corporate travel, travel technology, sports travel, and the meetings & incentive industry. Leadership events include the Phocuswright Conference, ALIS, The Business Travel Show, the largest corporate travel event in Europe, The Meetings Show, the largest meetings industry event in the UK, Web in Travel, CruiseWorld, Global Travel Marketplace, and TEAMS, the leading sports travel event. In addition, Northstar owns Phocuswright, the leading research, business intelligence, and event producer serving the travel technology industry.
Northstar Travel Group owns the Burba Hotel Network, the leading producer of hotel investment events globally, including ALIS, the largest hotel investment conference in the world produced with the American Hotel & Lodging Association in Los Angeles each year. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia, the leading SaaS e-commerce software, CRM database marketing and predictive analytics business serving the mountain destination, golf, activities, hospitality, and specialty destination travel markets.
Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company has offices in New York, NY; Stowe, VT; Denver, CO; Edwards, CO; Burlington, VT; Los Angeles, CA; Costa Mesa, CA; Lombard, IL; and global offices in London, Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai. Northstar Travel Group is owned by funds managed by EagleTree Capital.
About United States eSports Federation
The United States eSports Federation (USeF) is the official governing body for esports in the USA and a member of the International Esports Federation (IESF). The USeF is a not-for-profit organization with the responsibility to promote, grow and develop the quality, diversity and beauty of esports as part of the fabric of our communities, and our day-to-day lives for now and generations to come. USeF’s ambition is to unite all esports stakeholders, including athletes, event organizers, technology producers, innovators and inventors, IP holders, parents, sponsors and fans.