BREAKOUT PANEL | 2:35 PM
ESPORTS INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION | M105
Esports have continued their extraordinary growth in recent years, with the overall esports industry approaching $1B in total revenue annually and a global fan base in the hundreds of millions. Prominent esports championships such as League of Legends and the Overwatch League have rivaled the most popular traditional sports leagues in total viewership. How will esports leagues and teams evolve in the coming years? How do investors and team owners navigate this environment, in which game publishers such as Riot Games and Activision Blizzard have enormous control over the ecosystem? What are the pitfalls facing traditional sports players, such as the NBA, who are creating new esports franchises and leagues? And how will the rise of mobile gaming and AR/VR change the industry in the years ahead? This panel will explore these questions and discuss the future of esports investment and innovation.
Head of Esports,
Partner & Head of Sports Media,
Dr. Patrick Rishe
Executive Director, Sports Business Program, Washington University in St. Louis
President / COO,