Friday, February 23 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Bill Walsh Room
As esports popularity grows worldwide, an increasing amount of attention and financial investment is directed toward esports ventures. From private equity groups to traditional sports franchises, diverse organizations are seeking to leverage their core competencies to build a new business line and reach the engaged millennial audience. Can these investors’ expertise build sustainable, successful esports franchises? How do teams with experience running teams within other professional league experience support new leagues? Do independent teams have an edge and how do they plan to compete? How will the influx of investment shape esports franchises over the next 5 years? This panel will feature independent and investor-backed team leaders as well as those participating in newly launched esports leagues discussing how quickly esports is evolving and what’s needed to build a competitive advantage.