Los Angeles, USA
13-14 September, 2017
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The Audience

Why Attend

We are excited to announce some BIG changes for eSCon, including the addition of up to 24 1-to-1 pre-scheduled meetings available for every attendee, balanced by the same variety and high level of speaker perspectives and insights you’ve always loved – keeping focused on the topics that really matter.

Once again, we’ll be delivering the perfect mix of attendees – endemic and non-endemic, representing the entire ecosystem, It’s why we’ve been the #1 esports industry meeting for the last 3 years.

1-to-1 Meetings
1-to-1 Meetings Available per Attendee
Hours Of Dedicated Networking Time

1-to-1 Meetings

All our guests will have access to the MEETING MOJO platform, which allows you to create a bespoke meeting schedule, ensuring you connect with the industry stakeholders that are most important in building your business.

Login details for the ‘MEETING MOJO’ platform will be sent to all registered attendees 4 weeks prior to the event to allow for connections to be made online and scheduling to occur.


Insight Panels

eSCon is known globally for bringing the best of the best to the stage to share their vision and insights on successful business models to be adopted and how the entire ecosystem can achieve sustainable success in esports.

2017 will be no exception. In addition to the 1-to-1 pre-scheduled meetings, eSCon will once again bring you the industry leaders to discuss the impact of recent partnerships, business models that are working and where the next big changes are coming from

Highlights will include:

  • BRANDS IN ESPORTS – learn about the huge strides in the quality and authenticity of the current partnerships that have taken place in the last twelve months
  • LOCALIZATION OF ESPORTS – Creating structure and increasing fan engagement
  • TRADITIONAL SPORTS – Why? It’s all about Fan engagement

The Speakers


Rick Fox

Vision Venture Partners

Bo Daly

CBO and Co-Founder
Super Evil Megacorp

Bo Daly is the co-founder and Chief Business Officer of Super Evil Megacorp, the developers of the world’s leading mobile esport, Vainglory. As CBO, Bo manages all aspects of Super Evil’s business and publishing operations. Vainglory boasts more than 12 million registered accounts and 1 billion matches played. Vainglory experienced a monumental first year in esports in 2016, awarding the largest prize pool ever for a mobile esport at $120,000 and generating 25,000+ concurrent views for its inaugural World Championship.


Todd Harris

Chief Operating Officer
Hi-Rez Studios

Todd Harris (@ToddAlanHarris) – Todd is Chief Operating Officer of Hi-Rez Studios, one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast United States and a leading developer of competitive online games.  Todd began his career as a software engineer at NCR before taking on product development leadership roles at Radiant Systems and BlueCube Software.


Sundance Di Giovanni

Vice President Brand and Content
Activision Blizzard

Steve Arhancet

Team Liquid

As Co-CEO of Team Liquid, Steven Arhancet oversees the strategic direction of the premier esports franchise. He identifies growth opportunities within the rapidly growing esports industry and pushes developments and innovation for each of the teams within the franchise, as well as for Team Liquid as a whole. This includes leading and growing partnership and sponsorship opportunities for the esports team. 


Courtney Lauer

Global Marketing Lead
Turtle Wax

Courtney Lauer has spent the last nine years developing innovative marketing strategies for Turtle Wax.  Working with a cross-functional team, Courtney manages a robust innovation process that has led to the successful launch of dozens of new products including the popular Headlight Repair Kit, award-winning Dash & Glass and top-selling MAX Power Car Wash.  Leading global marketing at Turtle Wax, Courtney is focused on driving brand advocacy through the development of relevant consumer content across multiple platforms in more than 90 countries.  Her thought leadership has been fu


Manny Anekal

The Next Level, Versus Sports, VS

Manny Anekal is currently running several companies within the esports ecosystem: The Next Level (The Business of Esports Media Organization), Versus Sports (Consulting), VS Sports (Esports team) and Loot Ventures (Esports Investment Fund).

Manny has over a decade of experience working at the intersection of Gaming, Marketing and Brands.  His first role was with the startup Massive Inc., which was acquired by Microsoft Xbox in 2006, followed by Executive roles at Electronic Arts, Zynga, Kiip and most recently with Major League Gaming.


Nik Adams

Senior Vice President of Sales

Nik Adams was the first full time employed esports commentator in the world. With his aim of bringing competitive gaming to large audiences he worked with the likes of GIGA TV ad EuroSport as producer and editor chief. From there he drove forward both Turtle Entertainment and ESL as Vice President of Sales with focus on the three major company categories: sponsoring, media sales and TV licensing.


Andy Vander Woude

CEO and Founder
Next Generation Esports (NGE)

Andy Vander Woude is CEO and Founder of Next Generation Esports (NGE), an esports production and entertainment company. Andy is a lifelong gamer who has founded, raised money for, and led a startup and small-cap public company through successful exits. Since January 2015, NGE has created high-caliber esports content for the next generation of competitive gaming titles, including Rocket League, Vainglory, and Clash Royale. NGE pushes the industry forward by seeking out the most ambitious esports partners to elevate their communities, games, and spectator experience.


Mike Vorhaus

Magid Advisors

Having been extensively involved in video and PC gaming strategies, as well as the development of new gaming concepts, Mike Vorhaus provides research and consultation services to major traditional media companies about new media initiatives, venture capitalists and private equity firms about investment in the media space, as well as consultation services to a number of leading internet and gaming companies.


Nicole Pike

Vice President at Nielsen Games and Global Research & Product Lead
Nielsen eSports

Nicole has built her 13-year career with Nielsen consulting with key players in the video game industry, bringing insights and actionability to their strategy around fan engagement and new product launches. Her expertise has been leveraged to help global hardware manufacturers, software publishers, and service providers introduce their high-profile initiatives to the evolving gaming marketplace. Nicole’s consult guides go-to-market strategies for product positioning, sales optimization, and consumer-focused communication and targeting.


Kyle Laffey

Business Development

After retiring from being a top-rated sponsored WoW player, Kyle jumped right into consulting with brands and influencers on sponsorships in the Esports space. He has worked with a number of top brands such as MGM Grand, Oculus, GFUEL, AMD, and many more on digital and physical event Esport activations. Now full-time at SLIVER.tv, Kyle handles business development and partnerships for their 360 Virtual Reality platform on mobile, desktop, and VR headsets.


Wim Stocks


Victor Suski

AVGL - American Video Game League

Andy Miller

Andy is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded a number of start-ups with successful exits including Quattro Wireless which was acquired by Apple in 2009 and become Apple’s mobile ad network, iAd. At Apple, Andy served as Vice President of Mobile Advertising, reporting directly to Steve Jobs. He presently sits on the board and advises a number of companies including the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, which he is a minority owner.


Jason Moore

Agency for Professional Esports | APE

Former President of Paris Hilton Entertainment 1999-2009; with over a decade experience in developing and managing the Paris Hilton brand into a Billion-dollar Fortune 100 business.


Marty “Lazerchicken” Strenczewilk

Splyce Inc.

A longtime veteran of the entertainment world, Marty “Lazerchicken” Strenczewilk worked in theater, film and television for over 10 years, primarily in New York City. Esports started as a passion when he began writing blogs and managing class guides for World of Warcraft. He landed his first esports gig at a startup, where he led production on one of the most successful first-time broadcasts of a World of Warcraft tournament.


Ryan Morrison

Founding Partner
Morrison & Lee LLP

Ryan Morrison represents more players in competitive gaming and esports than any other individual on the planet. Running a player-only agency has allowed him to create and grow relationships with the top talent in every major game. Ryan works with players not only to succeed now, but also to prepare for their future.


Stratton Sclavos

Vision Venture Partners

Steve Wade

Managing Director
Digital Media

Steven Wade brings 19 years of game industry experience to Woodside Capital Partners with his primary focus on helping digital media companies with technological and market insight, corporate development, and M&A.

Before joining WCP, Steven spent his career launching 45 online games, four gaming payment solutions, and eight game portals alongside many well-known entertainment companies such as Square Enix, VISA/Playspan, SOHU/Changyou, Ty Inc., and Aeria Games as an executive, and angel investor.


Jace Hall

Vision Venture Partners

Alberto Rengifo


Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez

Founder and CEO

Carlos Rodriguez: Founder and CEO of G2 Esports, Carlos is an entrepreneur whose main focus surrounds esports and gaming. Having competed as a professional esports player for nine years while negotiating his own royalty and sponsorship deals has given him enough experience and grasp of the market to understand its trend and behaviour. After having a remarkable success competitively speaking for about nine years, he started looking for new heights. It was then when he decided to build his own esports club using the skills and abilities he already started developing.


Dan Ciccone

Managing Director

Stan Press

Managing director, Digital and Gaming
Magid Advisors

Robb Charini

Senior Manager, eSports

Robb has been immersed in the video game community for over 20 years and leverages his extensive experience as a player, community organizer and industry professional to elevate the ecosystems of gaming, competition and esports.

Since his early beginnings as a community organizer, hosting his own series of events and activities, he’s had the pleasure of working at IGN and their esports program, the IGN Pro League (IPL) to Blizzard Entertainment’s eSports group and currently leads the casual and competitive initiatives for esports at Ubisoft.

Non-Endemic Brand?

We are offering a very limited number of Complimentary passes for qualified brands.

Passes are largely reserved for budget holders and senior decision makers from non-endemic brands who are actively developing their esports strategy.
Non-endemic brands include, but aren’t limited to, CPG, Finance, Motor, Food & Drink, and Sportswear, and should have an annual revenue in excess of $500m.

Qualifying criteria:
  • Budget holder or Senior decision maker
  • Non-endemic brand
  • Annual revenue over $500 million

Contact Jessica Parry for more information: [email protected]

Brand Guest Passes are limited and only by request, so apply today.

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Kisaco Research provides the much needed platform on which industry executives can network, connect and learn from each other as well as meet potential industry partners.

Far from the typical ‘meet-and-greet’ exhibition experience, you – as a sponsor or exhibitor – will be positioned as a partner of the event with a focus on the benefits of your product and brand, rather than just a name on an exhibition list.

With our extensive marketing experience and strategy, your partnership with Kisaco Research will grant you a sponsorship package that is an extension and enhancement of your current marketing and branding efforts. We value your ROI and will work with you directly on your specific goals and targets – that’s why we take special care in finding the most relevant end-users to attend, so that your financial and resource investment is smartly allocated.

Find out more by calling us at +44 (0)20 3696 2920 or email us at [email protected].

The Agenda

Key themes covered over the two day program:

  • Investment: Investment from traditional sports is already shaping esports. Understand what it takes to own an esports team & examples of what not to do with the benefit of hindsight.
  • Localization: How are cities are planting a flag for esports? Which cities are the best locations for esports? How this is strengthening the fan base.

  • Sustainability: How to grow sustainability in esports and build an environment for success.

  • Fan Behaviour: Who is supporting different esports games and leagues? What sort of personalities do they have and what really grabs their attention?

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SLS Hotel, 465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA

Kisaco Research have arranged a discounted accommodation rate of $349.00 for eSCon USA attendees. To book now at this lower price please click here.

You can also call the hotel directly and speak with the in house reservations team: +1 310-246-2095
When calling please quote “Kisaco Research eSCon USA” to book the discounted rooms.

Book before August 22, 2017 to take advantage of this price.
Please note that there is limited availability this rate.

Conference Packages

If you would like to register a team of 3 or more, please email [email protected] for your discount coupon code before registering.

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Games Publishers
Active Teams
Advertising Agencies
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