A full afternoon of debate, discussion, education and networking
Esports Insider world leading industry news site, media and events company, in partnership with Skillshot Media and Develop:Brighton, will run a half day of esports industry focused networking in the seaside city of Brighton on 9 July 2019. With panel sessions, a keynote and round-tables, coupled with great food and drinks and a full afternoon of networking, there's plenty to get your teeth into if you work in or around the esports industry, or indeed if you want to learn more about it.
ESI Brighton will take place in the home of publisher Hi-Rez Studios, the independent game developer best known for SMITE and Paladins.
ESI Brighton Schedule
14:00 - 14:10: Opening - ESI
Opening remarks from the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Esports Insider, Sam Cooke.
14:10 - 14:45: 10 Things We Learned about Esports with SMITE
Todd Harris, President - Skillshot Media
How & why we used video content marketing and esports infrastructure to help grow SMITE to over 30 million players with over $8M in prize money awarded to date. Game developers and publishers should take away specific learnings to apply toward their own competitive multiplayer titles.
14:50 - 15:30: Communications & PR in esports
Moderator - Thomas Bideaux, CEO, ICO Partners
Kirsty Endfield, Swipe Right PR
Nicola Piggott, Co-Founder, The Story Mob
Ravi Vijh, Account Director - Bastion
Kathryn De Shields, PR Manager - Skillshot Media
The esports PR landscape has grown and improved considerably over recent years, with organisations and brands recognising the importance of it. But how does it differ in esports compared to other industries?
15:40 - 16:10: Can You Force an esport?
Esports generally are born from a community's drive to play a game competitively. Games built without esports in mind, however, face challenges implementing spectator tools and replay systems retrospectively - so should devs be looking for esports from the get-go?
16:10 - 16:40: Why should publishers work with third party TOs?
Moderator - Ollie Ring, Head of Biz Dev & Media, Esports Insider
Charlie Allen, Director Global Brand Partnerships - ESL
Todd Harris, President - Skillshot Media
Nikita Buffee, Esports Business development and partnerships - Allied Esports
With the rise of big money franchise leagues it's easy to forget the importance of an open ecosystem and how it works so well across a multitude of titles. How can working with a third party TO benefit a game and help foster a healthy esports title?
16:50 - 17:20: Q&A with Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner - Meet an esports Legend
A talk from Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner on Code Red Esports, followed by a Q&A with a true esports legend.
17:30 - 19:30: Drinks - Open Bar
For Develop pass holders, places can be secured for the Esports sessions through this eventbrite link.
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Ian Livingstone, CBE
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Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
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Develop:Brighton is especially unique - it’s by the seaside and there’s a lovely relaxed tone that goes with that.The talks are cool, the networking is cool and having the opportunity to catch up with people – that’s always the excitement for me!
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