That’s a Wrap! XLIVE’s Inaugural Esports Summit Brought Out the Best in Sports and Gaming


XLIVE united trailblazers in the burgeoning industry of esports under one roof at its inaugural 2017 Esports Summit, an event unlike any other of its kind and the ultimate hub for anyone involved in the Esports community. Taking place in NYC this past August 22-23, XLIVE’s Esports Summit offered an exclusive opportunity for attendees to learn about current industry trends, interact with key players, discuss the changing billion dollar landscape, and preview where the culture is headed as it grows in popularity.

XLIVE Esports Summit was the first senior level forum of its kind, designed by XLIVE directors to provide a platform for stakeholders and professional sports franchises to discuss the impact that Esports will have on the future of the sports and entertainment industries. A strong emphasis at this year’s inaugural event was placed on the importance of women being a driving force in the industry as it continues its rapid expansion worldwide, accounting for one in three American PC and console players. With more than 250 million fans worldwide, competitive gaming is primed to play a key role in growing and supporting this demographic, yet women are still noticeably underrepresented; XLIVE brought this topic to the center stage with the statistic-based panel, The Data-Driven Truth about Women and Esports and the straightforward panel, The Future is Female – How Women are Playing a Crucial Role in the Growth of Esports.

Among top highlights accessible to attendees throughout the two day conference were sessions covering topics that ranged from hosting Esports events (Our House is Your House) to exploring why traditional professional sports teams are getting involved in the Esports market (Game On). Each carefully crafted panel featured experts from some of the world’s biggest venues and sports teams. Our House is Your house brought representatives from many of the world’s most prominent venues including Madison Square Garden, The O2, Staples Center, MGM Grand, and Barclays Center to discuss why they have made the move to play host to international Esports tournaments over the last couple of years. Turning a sharp focus on the investment aspect of the growing industry, Game On brought insight from teams such as The Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and the Sacramento Kings to review their objectives for entering the Esports community while sharing their vision for introducing Esports to new audiences.

Supplementing the interactive panels were robust keynotes and intimate fireside chats, bringing together executives from major companies such as NFL, Electronic Arts, Verizon, and Ultimate Media Ventures — to name a few. Three time NBA Champion Rick Fox, now of Vision Venture Partners, alongside his team opened up the summit with the first keynote of the event, where they talked about their Esports team, Echo Fox, and how Rick Fox went from an NBA champion to taking on the world of Esports. In a dynamic meeting of the minds, top execs Chris Halpin, Chief Strategy Officer & SVP — Consumer Products of the NFL and Todd Sitrin, SVP and General Manager for Electronic Art’s Competitive Gaming Division sat down with attendees during their joint Fireside Chat to discuss the intersection of professional sports and competitive gaming and how each industry may learn from each other going forward.

Taking a cue from the industry on which the summit focused on, XLIVE pitted CEOs against one another in the ultimate Playstation tournament at the very first CEO Throwdown. Executives in attendance had the opportunity to play one another in a Street Fighter battle royale, with the winner receiving bragging rights, a donation made to the charity of their choice, and a free trip to XLIVE’s annual “live event” conference in Las Vegas this December. This year’s Champion was Gankstars’ Jeff Chau who also delivered a Keynote during the conference.

Looking ahead, XLIVE will continue its quest to deliver the very best knowledge in live event and festival production as they gear up for their highly anticipated annual industry conference taking place in Las Vegas this December 10-13, 2017. Stay tuned for more info on programming, speakers and activities!


About XLIVE:
With plans for XLIVE 2017 to return to Las Vegas December 10-13, 2017, multi-faceted organization XLIVE will continue to revolutionize the way live event and festival organizations share expertise, learn, and most paramount, envision the future of the industry. XLIVE convenes with leading experts at the intersection of music, film, culinary, beverage, Esports, technology and the experiences that culminate at festivals and live events. Reflecting the passion of the vibrant festival community, XLIVE serves as a catalyst for curating unique, memorable and life-changing experiences within the growing, dynamic and influential world of festivals. XLIVE also hosts various Summits throughout the year, having put together events for Data & Analytics in the Spring and the Esports Summit this past August.

XLIVE Esports Summit 2017 – Sponsors
Presenting Sponsors – Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Thuzi, Fish | Connect&Go | Backstage Networks | Experient | ShowClix | TicketGuardian | Ultimate Media Ventures | TNL Media | Esports Insider | Esports Observer | Dot Esports | Events for Gamers |

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