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Esports Summit: Race to Compete: Speedrunning and Esports

Sabina Hemmi  (CEO & Co-founder, Elo Entertainment)

Date: Monday, July 19

Time: 1:20pm - 1:50pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Esports

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

While speedrunning has been around for decades, it’s finally starting to get the recognition it deserves. Search terms for “speedrun” have started to overtake “esports” in the past few months, but how is it different from a typical esports competition? Community sites, events, and tools have seen explosive growth in the past year. Influencers have started harnessing the power of setting records to get views. How can game developers support speedruns and create a lasting legacy for their games? Can speedruns be adversarial competitions or events? How does the marketing opportunity compare to traditional esports? Sabina will explore the growth and potential opportunities found in the speedrunning communities.


Attendees will understand the scope and growth of speedrunning, where it may be heading, and some of the challenges it will face in the next few years.

Intended Audience

Anyone working in esports would benefit from better understanding the opportunities related to speedrunning. Game developers will understand how to better support and utilize speedrun communities. Publishers and marketers will understand the power of using competition for marketing games that haven't fit the traditional esports mold.