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Esports Summit: Unbalanced: Power Dynamics in Esports

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

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Topic: Esports

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

The esports industry is undergoing massive growth, opportunity, and uncertainty. Explore the various power dynamics and relationships at play in the esports industry. Entire companies are betting their fate on the success of other companies - how does this codependency impact the health of the industry as a whole? Sabina will address everything from broadcast rights, data rights, design decisions, developer communication, 3rd party tools, and more. What actions can be taken to improve the long term health and stability of the industry? When stakeholders better understand the perspectives of each other, everyone can find a stronger foothold in the industry. Just as game developers want healthy esports ecosystems for their games, many of the pro players, teams, tournament organizers and other businesses are striving for the same goals.


Understand how the power dynamics in esports create both risks and opportunities. Unresolved legal situations have created uncertainty and instability within the industry. Issues faced by employees in esports present unique challenges. While the talk may touch on it this talk is not primarily about diversity issues.

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in tracking the trajectory of the esports industry can learn from understanding the power dynamics at play in the esports industry. Business, community, esports, and games as a service oriented attendees have something to gain from attending. Basic knowledge of the structures and stakeholders in esports will be useful but not required.