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Esports Summit: Diversity & Inclusion in the Esports Industry

Krista Hiner  (Partner, ESG Law)

Anna Chang  (Attorney, Sideman & Bancroft LLP)

Sean Mendez-Catlin  (Managing Partner, MC & J Law)

Matt Dobill  (Counsel, Epic Games)

Date: Monday, July 19

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Esports

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I would like to deliver a virtual presentation only

Diversity and inclusion is more than just an important and timely topic--lack of diversity and inequity in gender representation is magnified in esports due to industry infrastructure and larger societal factors. In 2019, the Esports Bar Association conducted an industry survey requesting anonymous testimonials from minorities in the esports community about their experiences with discrimination. This session will uncover the results of the 2019 survey and also propose initiatives and actions that industry actors can take to support the development of this nascent industry.


Attendees will hear first-hand testimonials from minorities active in the esports industry about their experience with discrimination and how it has negatively affected their lives and careers. Attendees will also take away practical steps they can take to promote diversity and inclusion in the esports industry.

Intended Audience

Anyone can benefit from this panel, whether a newcomer to the esports industry or an industry veteran. There is no prerequisite knowledge necessary to understand the content of the session.