Intel and ESL Launch Global Esports Forum - an exclusive esports conference

We are happy to announce that Intel and ESL are partnering to host the inaugural Global Esports Forum - an exclusive esports conference for brands, sponsors, analysts, investors and media in the esports space. The event will take place on March 1, 2018, one day before the Intel® Extreme Masters World Championship playoffs in Katowice, Poland.

Esports has seen unprecedented growth over the last decade, making it the fastest growing spectator sport in the world. Crossing geographic boundaries and capitalizing on the shared love for competitive gaming, this once niche industry has been transformed into a billion dollar market.

Unleashing the Next Billion Esports Fans will be the conference’s theme. The Global Esports Forum has invited 500 industry executives for a full-day program filled with panels, keynotes, deep dive tracks, data presentations, and networking opportunities. This forum will feature four tracks:

Main Track

Featuring panels and keynotes that address the most current themes in the esports industry, including the future of esports structures, marketing strategies, and technology that will help unlock esports for the next generation of fans and players.

  • Speakers featured include: John Bonini (VP/GM of VR, Esports and Gaming, Intel), Ralf Reichert (CEO, ESL), Nicola Piggott (The Story Mob), Victor Goossens (Co-CEO, Team Liquid), and Luis Correia (CEO, Polaris Sport).

Deep Dive sessions

Featuring workshops and presentations from industry experts in the fields of investment, branding, communications and public relations, and esports infrastructure development.

  • Presenters featured include Michal Blicharz (VP Pro Gaming, ESL), Arnd Benninghof (CEO, MTGx), Vera Wessolek (Mercedes-Benz), and Viktor Wanli (CEO, Kinguin).

Data Track

Featuring international research firm Newzoo, who will present the latest findings from the Global Esports Report. Delegates will be able to review the latest data and demo Newzoo’s proprietary Data Explorer for more insights into the esports market.

Invite Only Expert Discussion

Led by the head of UK’s Women in Gaming initiative, David Smith, this will be a workshop focused on reviewing existing and planned initiatives for increasing and maintaining female participation in careers in tech, gaming and esports.

For more information about the Global Esports Forum, please visit


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