2019 speakers

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Sam Asfahani

With several years of experience in gaming, Sam moved to New York in 2016 to build the NBA's strategy for the burgeoning esports…

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JASON CHUNG

Jason Chung, is a faculty member at NYU's Tisch Institute for Global Sport where he developed and teaches New York City's…

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RYAN FAIRCHILD

Ryan Fairchild works with the top esports players and streamers in Fortnite, Dota 2, CS:GO, Call of Duty, the fighting game…

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Josh Hafkin

Josh Hafkin is the founder of the Game Gym club esports team and training center in Potomac, MD. The Game Gym is dedicated to…

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Sebastian Lager

Sebastian is an esports veteran, actively involved in the space since 1999. He has gathered extensive experience in all aspects…

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JON OHLIGER

Jonathan Ohliger is the founder and CEO of VEEPIO, a mobile technology company that allows users to shop and monetize social…

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scott rupp

Scott Rupp is a founding partner at BITKRAFT Esports Ventures based in San Francisco.  He has over 20 years experience…

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rahul sood

Rahul Sood is the CEO and Co-Founder of Unikrn, a global esports, gaming and entertainment platform built on cutting-edge…

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MELISSA YU

Melissa Yu is the cofounder and COO of Camelot. She leads product and marketing and can frequently be found talking to users. In her…

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kai bond

Kai Bond is a Principal at Comcast Ventures where he leads investing in Catalyst Fund, a seed stage fund focused on investing…

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Jennifer dariani

Jennifer brings over a decade of corporate strategy, marketing, & community relations experience to the OP Group. She has…

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PETER J. FAVARO

Peter J. Favaro, Ph.D. is a psychologist technologist who has worn both hats in a rich and innovative career since the early 1980’s…

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SABINA HEMMI

Sabina Hemmi is the Co-founder and CEO of Elo Entertainment, the company behind Dotabuff, Overbuff, Fortbuff, Artibuff, and…

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LARS LIEN

Lars Lien is the CEO and co-founder of Luckbox, a pioneering and fully licensed esports betting platform preparing for launch in…

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YOSHIO OSAKI

As President/CEO of IDG - a leading research, consulting and analytics firm in the games/esports markets - Yoshio has been a…

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TYLER SCHRODT

Tyler Schrodt is the founder and CEO, of the Electronic Gaming Federation. . Tyler started in esports in 2001 as a Counterstrike 1.6 player…

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MICHAEL J. WALL

Michael J. Wall is of counsel and a business lawyer for Foley & Lardner LLP where he is a part of the Transactional & Securities Practice…

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CHRIS CHANEY

Chris Chaney’s experience is underpinned by 10 years of success in the global sports and entertainment industry. As a former associate…

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Omeed dariani

Omeed is an industry veteran with a career spanning almost every form of media. He’s been an emote in an MMO. He appears on a...

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Ben fischer

Ben Fischer is a staff writer for the SportsBusiness Journal, where he leads esports and Olympics coverage for the…

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JON L. ISRAEL

Jonathan L. Israel is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he is the vice chair…

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Wayne Mackey

Wayne Mackey, Ph.D. is a Neuroscientist at NYU and the Founder and CEO of Statespace. Statespace’s mission is to bring…

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TIM O’Shea

Tim O'Shea is a tech research analyst and Senior Vice President at Jefferies where he covers the video game sector and other…

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COray seifert

Coray Seifert heads up developer relations at FTX Games, a full-service publisher of free-to-play AAA mobile games based…

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austin woolridge

Austin Woolridge is the CEO and co-founder of Players’ Lounge, a platform for gamers to play their favorite games in head to head

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DAN CHIU

Former VP of Strategy and Business Operations for ESPN Digital. Acquired digital media rights, oversaw acquisitions, and helped…

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Zach dixon

Zach Dixon is the COO and co-founder of Players' Lounge, a platform for gamers to play their favorite games in head to head…

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CHARLES GALLANT

Leveraging a background in gaming, fine art, computer science, and robotics, Charles leads User Experience Design…

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steve jaworski

Steve Jaworski is game industry veteran and Riot Games alumnus who formalized the collegiate esports scene.

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Edmar mendizabal

Edmar brings his experience in live services and his large network of industry developers to his role…

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trenton pierson

After receiving my Master's of Social Work, with a focus on social behaviors, I focused my attention on integrating current trends…

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NAEEM SHABIR

Naeem Shabir is a Law Graduate from the University of Manchester with a solid academic background. As an avid gamer…

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JONATHAN YARBOR

Jonathan Yarbor is an experienced software engineer, startup CEO, and gamer.  Jonathan has spoken at several gaming…