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XLIVE Esports Summit
June 25-27, 2019
Hudson Loft - Los Angeles,
CA USA

Tuesday, June 25
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Room:   Ace Hotel Poolside
  • Tuesday, June 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us in kicking off the 2019 XLIVE Esports Summit with hosted luxury beer & wine, and delicious passed canapes! Connect with others in the industry, and share your successes from the past year. 

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Wednesday, June 26
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Wednesday, June 26, 9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
Speakers
Dana Schwartz

Specialty Markets Manager
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Speaker

Kye Browning

Conference Manager
XLIVE
Master of Ceremonies

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Wednesday, June 26
9:05 AM - 9:55 AM
  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Wednesday, June 26, 9:05 AM - 9:55 AM
Over the last few years there has been an influx of traditional sports looking for more ways to integrate with the esports community and with the formation of franchise leagues, traditional sport organizations are finding reason to make the long term investment. From the 76ers to Yankees to Paris-Saint Germain,...
Speakers
G. Byron Abrigg

Co-Founder & COO
Mission Control GG
Moderator

Roy Hibbert

Retired Athlete (Lakers/Pacers)
Wombo Sports
Speaker

Justin Hoeveler

Founder & CEO
Play Your Game Collective
Speaker

Bob Molhoek

Founder and CEO
Wombo Sports
Speaker

James O'Connor

President & Co-Founder
Pittsburgh Knights
Speaker

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Wednesday, June 26
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Wednesday, June 26, 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
From the opening of the Hyper X Esports Arena in The Luxor in 2018, MGM Resorts is leading the charge of hotel and entertainment platform into the esports market. This short presentation offers a great opportunity to dive into the highs and lows of industry events lead by some of the...
Speaker
Lovell Walker

Head of Esports
MGM Resorts International
Speaker

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Wednesday, June 26
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Wednesday, June 26, 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
XLIVE Keynotes offer a great opportunity to hear from best thought leaders in the live event space. XLIVE Keynotes are presented by top executives and industry leaders that are transcending the esports market. Walmart recently announced their foray into the esports market with their partnership with  Esports Arena, building LAN centers in...
Speakers
Tyler Endres

CEO
Esports Arena
Keynote

Mario Pacini

VP, Entertainment
Walmart.com
Keynote

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Wednesday, June 26
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Lounge
  • Wednesday, June 26, 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Join the best and brightest in the esports industry for our morning networking and coffee break as senior executives come together to discuss their goals for 2019 and beyond.

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Wednesday, June 26
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Corner Loft
  • Wednesday, June 26, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Case studies offer a great opportunity to dive into the highs and lows of industry events lead by some of the best thought leaders in their field. Join us as we sit down with Ronalee Zarate-Bayani, CMO of the LA Rams to discuss some opportunities that exist to build smart...
Speaker
Ronalee Zarate-Bayani

Chief Marketing Officer
Los Angeles Rams
Speaker

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  • Room:   4th Floor, Main Loft
  • Wednesday, June 26, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
The esports industry has already redefined entertainment, including live events. In the U.S. and Western Europe alone, more than 12 million gamers have attended live esports events in-person. Esports live events have become so popular that organizers have attracted some big non-endimc brands to  sponsors like Coca-Cola, MasterCard and Cheez-Its....
Speakers
Arda Ocal

Host and Caster
NHL Gaming World Championships
Moderator

Sean Charles

SVP Publisher & Developer Relations
ESL
Speaker

Eddy Sato

Director of Production
Redrock Entertainment
Speaker

Justin Varghese

Marketing Manager, North America
DreamHack
Speaker

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  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Wednesday, June 26, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Good content that is engaging and draws in views and traffic is valuable to esports, it allows us, marketers, to be storytellers for our products and services. As traditional media keeps declining, we will see more and more non-endemic brands turn their marketing budgets to gaming and more importantly esports....
Speakers
Bryan Dawson

Head of Esports
Greenlit Media
Moderator

Dan Kelley

Director, HyperX Corporate Marketing
HyperX
Speaker

Christie St. Martin

Head of Strategy
United Esports
Speaker

M. Darren Traub

Attorney
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Speaker

Lovell Walker

Head of Esports
MGM Resorts International
Speaker

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Wednesday, June 26
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Lounge
  • Wednesday, June 26, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Join us for lunch and networking at the XLIVE Esports Summit. This is a great opportunity to meet new colleagues in the space and reconnect with old ones to discuss all the great esports initiatives you are working on for 2019 and beyond. 

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Wednesday, June 26
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Main Loft
  • Wednesday, June 26, 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
With esports making a larger presence on traditional platforms such as cable, online esports streams through platforms such as Twitch,YouTube and Facebook Live are routinely watched by millions worldwide in comparison. Will TV networks continue to pay for broadcast rights to esports tournaments when most esports fans prefer live streaming?...
Speaker
Sean Power

Founder
Repable
Moderator

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  • Room:   4th Floor, Corner Loft
  • Wednesday, June 26, 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
In a competitive landscape with teams and leagues based in nearly every continent on the globe, the esports industry has become an increasingly popular investment opportunity for VC’s, management firms and traditional professional sports franchises. Join executives from these aforementioned groups for a wide ranging overview of their esports investment...
Speakers
G. Byron Abrigg

Co-Founder & COO
Mission Control GG
Moderator

Josh Chapman

Managing Partner
Konvoy Ventures
Speaker

Jeff Liboon

Co-Founder and President
Estars Studios
Speaker

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Wednesday, June 26
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Corner Loft
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
There are copious amounts of stories to tell within the esports ecosystem. From individual players to underdog team's championship miracle run. Included in those stories are opportunities for brands and organizations to add value and become invested. Join us as we discuss the importance of story telling in esports and...
Speakers
Arda Ocal

Host and Caster
NHL Gaming World Championships
Moderator

Ryan Garfat

Senior Editor
ESPN
Speaker

Taylor Heitzig-Rhodes

Head Talent Manager
Evolved Talent Agency
Speaker

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  • Room:   4th Floor, Main Loft
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
As esports popularity continues to become mainstream entertainment and with the likes of Ninja and Hyper X evangelizing that everybody can be a gamer, there has come a rise in traditional entertainment platforms finding ways to incorporate esports into their already existing offering. From things like Hyper Play Festivals in...
Speakers
Zach Wigal

Founder
Gamer's Outreach
Moderator

Joseantonio "GrizzlyMug" Danner

Co-Founder & Head of Creative
705 Hollywood
Speaker

Ryan Ruden

SVP Exp Mktg & Bus. Dev.
Columbia Records | Sony Music
Speaker

Daniel Schnapp

Partner
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
Speaker

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  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
According to a report done last year, there were over 2.2 billion gamers in 2018. So as pros have had their opportunity to play competitively and get paid doing it, t there has also been the opportunity to cater to all of the weekend-warriors and esports enthusiast through organized structured...
Speakers
Kye Browning

Conference Manager
XLIVE
Moderator

G. Byron Abrigg

Co-Founder & COO
Mission Control GG
Speaker

Andy Babb

EVP Games
Super League Gaming
Speaker

Matt Devuono

Executive Director, Esports Programming & Events
World Gaming Network
Speaker

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Wednesday, June 26
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Lounge
  • Wednesday, June 26, 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Join the best and brightest in the esports industry for our morning networking and coffee break as senior executives come together to discuss their goals for 2019 and beyond.

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Wednesday, June 26
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Wednesday, June 26, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Every week new non-endmic brands continue to flood the esports space from partnering with teams to sponsoring leagues. There are a wide variety of opportunities for your brand to enter the marketing in an impactful and meaningful way. Join us as we sit down with agencies and brands alike as...
Speakers
Gregg Yacovone

Business Consultant
Independent Consulting
Moderator

Brian Kim

Co-Founder/COO
Damage: The Esports Agency
Speaker

Johnny Ward

Co-Founder/CEO
Damage: The Esports Agency
Speaker

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Wednesday, June 26
4:40 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Wednesday, June 26, 4:40 PM - 5:30 PM
With the likes of Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and Guy "Dr Disrespect" Beahm IV becoming some of the most prolific streaming personalities on the internet amassing hundreds of hours of original content and thousands of followers and concurrent viewers, it's no wonder that some brands are skipping right over esports and...
Speakers
Nicole Bagood

Associate
Sheppard Mullin
Moderator

Niles Heron

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Popdog, Inc / Loaded, LLC
Speaker

Deric Ortiz

CEO
Advocate
Speaker

Jordan Sherman

Head of Revenue Operations
Gen.G Esports
Speaker

Justin Warden

CEO
Ader.gg
Speaker

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Thursday, June 27
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Thursday, June 27, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
As esports has grown in size and popularity, global brands have flocked to sign lucrative sponsorship deals. Everything from apparel to automobiles, insurance and telecom companies to market only continues to grow with opportunities to get involved in the scene. Our panel of industry experts will help dissect the vast...
Speakers
Sid Fohrman

Partner
Sheppard Mullin
Moderator

Stan Press

Industry Consultant
Independent
Speaker

Nikki Shum-Harden

VP Partnerships & Strat. Mktg
Super League Gaming
Speaker

Luke Zelon

Director of Partnerships
TSM
Speaker

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Thursday, June 27
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Thursday, June 27, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
With its global touring BLAST Pro Series landing in LA on July 13, RFRSH is capturing the best moments in esports with its rock arena productions while managing some of the best esports team in the world, including Astralis and Origen.  They’ve even caught the eye of the Danish Prime...
Speaker
Robbie Douek

President & COO
RFRSH Entertainment
Speaker

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Thursday, June 27
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Lounge
  • Thursday, June 27, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Join the best and brightest in the esports industry for our morning networking and coffee break as senior executives come together to discuss their goals for 2019 and beyond.

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Thursday, June 27
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Corner Loft
  • Thursday, June 27, 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
The esports industry is poised to continue becoming the fastest growing entertainment sector globally. With an added interest from investors and non-endemic organizations there also comes a growing opportunity of jobs in the esports market. With jobs ranging from entry to senior level management across a wide array of departments...
Speakers
Eric Guthoff

Founder
Human Advantage
Moderator

Martin Kim

VP, Strategic Partnerships
Gen.G Esports
Speaker

Matty Lee

VP | Head of Partnerships
100 Thieves
Speaker

Ryan Musselman

President
Houston Outlaws
Speaker

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  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Thursday, June 27, 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Many of the world’s most prominent venues including Madison Square Garden, The O2, Staples Center, MGM Grand and Barclays Center have brought esports into their programming lineups by hosting major international tournaments over the past few years. With a core audience demographic of coveted 18-35 year old males, esports tournaments...
Speakers
Stan Press

Industry Consultant
Independent
Moderator

Matt Devuono

Executive Director, Esports Programming & Events
World Gaming Network
Speaker

Brian Mirakian

Senior Principal and Director of Brand Activation
Populous
Speaker

Josh Mora

Exe. Dir. Strat. Partnerships
Full Sail University
Speaker

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  • Room:   4th Floor, Main Loft
  • Thursday, June 27, 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Most people can agree that increasing fan engagement and investment within esports is paramount to industry growth, but how do you actually make that happen? Does it happen at the live event or in Twitch chat? Does it happen during the match or during the week? Does it happen on...
Speakers
Ben Goldhaber

Founder and CEO
Juked.gg
Moderator

Mike Kinney

Managing Director; Extra Life
Children's Miracle Network
Speaker

Justin Mier

VP Publishing
Gfinity Esports
Speaker

Jake Morey

Live Production Lead
Taunt
Speaker

Tricia Sugita

COO
FlyQuest Sports
Speaker

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Thursday, June 27
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Lounge
  • Thursday, June 27, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Join us for lunch and networking at the XLIVE Esports Summit. This is a great opportunity to meet new colleagues in the space and reconnect with old ones to discuss all the great esports initiatives you are working on for 2019 and beyond. 

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Thursday, June 27
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Main Loft
  • Thursday, June 27, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Case studies offer a great opportunity to dive into the highs and lows of industry events lead by some of the best thought leaders in their field. Join us as we sit down with Hyperice to discuss some of their unique partnerships as they bring their sports recovery tools to...
Speakers
Mark Deppe

Director
UCI Esports
Speaker

Jim Huether

CEO
Hyperice
Speaker

Christopher Mann

Vice President of Partnerships
Dignitas
Speaker

Jason Sada

CEO
Mamba Sports Venture Lab
Speaker

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Thursday, June 27
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Corner Loft
  • Thursday, June 27, 2:40 PM - 3:10 PM
In 2019, playing video games is a real career – how did we get here? In this session we explore the perspectives of three streamers who have dedicated years to building their communities and businesses. Led by United Talent Agency (UTA) esports agent, Hana Tjia, the panel of streamers will...
Speakers
Hana Tjia

Agent
UTA
Moderator

Imane “Pokimane” Anys

Gaming Talent
United Talent Agency
Speaker

Leslie “Fuslie” Fu

Gaming Talent
United Talent Agency
Speaker

Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter

Gaming Talent
United Talent Agency
Speaker

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Thursday, June 27
2:40 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Room:   2nd Floor
  • Thursday, June 27, 2:40 PM - 3:30 PM
From the keyboard to the boardroom, the Business of Esports podcast dives deep into the money, the power, the decisions, the successes and challenges of the esports business landscape. Hosted by Emmy Award nominated caster Arda Ocal and esports/tech venture capitalist Paul Dawalibi. In depth analysis and strong informed opinions...
Speakers
Paul Dawalibi

CEO
Obsidian Ventures
Speaker

Arda Ocal

Host and Caster
NHL Gaming World Championships
Speaker

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  • Room:   4th Floor, Main Loft
  • Thursday, June 27, 2:40 PM - 3:30 PM
There is no better competition when university pride and glory is on the line, including collegiate bouts over esports titles as it seems a perfect fit for publisher’s core demographics. In this session we explore the accomplishments and struggles of esports in the collegiate space, discussing the growth of varsity...
Speakers
Aaron Saffa

Co-Founder
705 Hollywood
Moderator

Carolayne Henry

Senior Associate Commissioner
Mountain West Conference
Speaker

Kurt Melcher

Executive Director Esports
Intersport/ Robert Morris University
Speaker

Josh Mora

Exe. Dir. Strat. Partnerships
Full Sail University
Speaker

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Thursday, June 27
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Room:   4th Floor, Corner Loft
  • Thursday, June 27, 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Firside chats offer a great opportunity to dive into the highs and lows of industry events lead by some of the best thought leaders in their field. Join us as we sit down with Cloud9 & Dignitas to discuss some of their unique partnerships they have brought to their organizations...
Speakers
Kye Browning

Conference Manager
XLIVE
Moderator

Christopher Mann

Vice President of Partnerships
Dignitas
Speaker

Jordan Udko

Exe. VP Comm. Partnerships
Cloud9
Speaker

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Thursday, June 27
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Room:   Hyde Lounge @ Staples Center
  • Thursday, June 27, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us for the XLIVE Esports Summit's closing reception, hosted by MGM Resorts, to watch the LA Sparks take on the Las Vegas Aces in VIP style at the Hyde Lounge in the Staples Center. Entry to the game and the Hyde Lounge is included with your XLIVE Esports Summit...

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