by Josh Lieberman | August 08, 2017
The 2017 TEAMS Conference & Expo will feature the first eSportsTravel Summit. Taking place in Orlando from Oct. 30-Nov. 1, TEAMS is the world's largest gathering of sports-event organizers.  

Included with TEAMS Conference registration, the eSportsTravel Summit begins on October 31 with an educational session on the similarities and differences of organizing and hosting eSports competitions. ESports events -- most commonly, massive video game competitions -- fill venues from New York City's Madison Square Garden to Los Angeles' Staples Center. The session will focus on unique considerations of e-sports events in venue selection, accommodations, security, and merchandising. The session will be moderated by Nathan Lindberg, director of global e-sports sponsorships for Twitch.

"We are assembling an impressive presenter roster for this inaugural summit," said Timothy Schneider, founder and chairman of the Sports Division of Northstar Travel Group, Successful Meetings' parent company, which publishes SportsTravel magazine and organizes TEAMS. "Event organizers, destinations, and suppliers who want to gain a better understanding of the impact of e-sports should make plans now to attend the eSportsTravel Summit at TEAMS '17."

The eSportsTravel Summit will also feature a Nov. 1 session titled "The Digitalization of Sports: How AI, AR, VR, and eSports Will Affect Your Events." Confirmed presenters include Scott Gutterman, vice president of digital operations for the PGA Tour, and Tobias Sherman, former global head of e-sports for WME-IMG; it will be moderated by Manny Anekal, founder and CEO of The Next Level, the leading daily news resource for the e-sports industry.

The eSportsTravel Summit concludes on the afternoon of Nov. 1 with an educational session examining the launch of the NBA 2K League, the National Basketball League's platform for the engagement of the next generation of sports fans. Confirmed presenters for the session include Aaron Ryan, senior vice president of business operations for the NBA 2K League; Ted Dalton, senior vice president of corporate partnerships and business development for the Boston Celtics; Alex Martins, chief executive officer for the Orlando Magic; Josh Barney, director of e-sports and technology for the Utah Jazz; and broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein, vice president of content and brand development for Campus Insiders. 

"Just as e-sports represents the evolution of the sports-event industry, the eSportsTravel Summit represents the continued growth and evolution of the TEAMS Conference & Expo," said Schneider. "We've been tracking the growth of e-sports in SportsTravel and at TEAMS for the past few years but now the phenomenon of e-sports is maturing into a powerhouse for the travel industry. Attendees at TEAMS '17 will play a part in the evolution of our industry-and that's something that will only happen at TEAMS."

For more information, visit TEAMSconference.com.