Here’s the thing folks; eSports is a thing, and it’s not going away. This is why we have several eSports related events on a yearly basis, and XLIVE is one of them. This is where many of the top gamers from around the world will get together to compete for valuable prizes.
The XLIVE eSports Summit will run from August 22 to August 23 in New York City this year. The event will feature several speakers from the likes of Electronic Arts plus MLG, FIFA, NFL, Twitch, ESPN, ESL and Facebook.
High ranking execs going head-to-head
XLIVE has something it calls CEO Throwdown, which is where high ranking eSports executives compete to see who is better. The winner will get the chance to support a charity of their choice with unannounced cash or prizes.
AS for the potential winner, he or she could come from one of the over 250 recognized companies that are in attendance at this year’s event. It’s going to be a blast since XLIVE will feature several eSports personalities to keep the crowd on their feet and always excited.
Want to engage with experts?
XLIVE will offer eSports insiders the ability to speak with top level experts within the industry via fireside chats, panels, or on the show floor.
We understand that General Manager for EA’s Competitive Gaming Division Todd Sitrin is expected to take part in a fireside chat alongside Christopher Halpin, Chief Strategy Officer & SVP — Consumer Products of the NFL.
List of speakers, moderators, and panelists
• Colin Johnson – Head of FIFA and AS Roma
• Brian Mirakian – Principal at Populous
• Arda Ocal – Host at ESPN
• Erin Harvego – Vice President for the Big Ten Network
• Heather Garozzo – Director of Fan Engagement at Team Dignitas
• David Highill – NFL Director of Strategy and Business Development, Consumer Products
• Yvette Martinez-Rea – Chief Operating Officer at ESL / Turtle Entertainment America
• PJ Loughran – Executive Creative Director & EVP Strategy for Superfly
• Matt Saunders – President at Ryerson Futures and Zone Startups
• Stephanie Llamas – Vice President Research and Strategy, Head of Immersive at Technology Insights and Superdata Research
The event is set to announce more speakers in the coming days.
XLIVE should be a blast this year, in the same manner, it was in 2016. The eSports industry need to have these events to keep folks interested, and to prove that eSports is going nowhere. As we’ve seen thus far, several major gaming publishers are taking the sports seriously.
“Overwatch” is probably the most prominent today, and with the likes of “PlayerUnknown’s: Battlegrounds” and others gaining steam, it shouldn’t be long before eSports becomes a billion dollar industry.
Unfortunately, with many publishers focusing on multi-player, the single-player genre could be a dying breed.