MULTI-YEAR SPONSORS

2021 Program

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

All times shown are Eastern Time.

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1:00 PM
  1. Optional Venue Tours
    240 mins

    Esports event organizers will have the opportunity to tour some of the many venues that make Pittsburgh a unique destination for sports and esports events. These tours, open only to event organizers, are available by reservation. Please RSVP to Brady Inners, event manager for SportsPITTSBURGH, by December 3, at brady.inners@sportsPITTSBURGH.com

    Venue tours available include:

    PPG Paints Arena
    David L. Lawrence Convention Center
    UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse (Duquesne University)
    Petersen Events Center (University of Pittsburgh)
    UPMC Events Center (Robert Morris University)
    Stage AE
    Highmark Stadium
    Pittsburgh Playhouse
    PNC Park

2:30 PM
  1. 300 mins

    Sponsored by:

    SP Pitt     Daytona 1     Toronto

7:30 PM
  1. Opening Celebration
    Heinz Field, West Club
    90 mins
    Start the EsportsTravel Summit with a nod to Pittsburgh’s iconic history in traditional sports. Our opening reception will be held at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. With views of Mount Washington and the Ohio River, the West Club at Heinz Field will provide an informal setting for EsportsTravel Summit attendees to meet and network along with arrivals hospitality provided by the stadium’s architect, Populous, and the host sponsors of the EsportsTravel Summit, SportsPITTSBURGH.

    Sponsored by:

    SportsPittsburgh          Populous2

8:00 AM
  1. Breakfast
    60 mins
  2. 600 mins

    Sponsored by:

    Pitt     Daytona      Toronto

9:00 AM
  1. 10 mins
    Kick off the EsportsTravel Summit with a welcome from Tim Schneider, the founder and chairman of Northstar’s Sports Division, and dignitaries from Pittsburgh.
9:10 AM
  1. 20 mins
    Ground-breaking research is being conducted every year on esports fans and their willingness to travel to live events. In this chat with one of the industry’s leading researchers, take home some stati ...
9:30 AM
  1. 15 mins
    The future of esports begins at the grass-roots level and several groups are making inroads in school districts and with municipalities to develop a system to educate and entertain. In this E-Talk, he ...
9:45 AM
  1. 45 mins
    Hear from industry leaders about how esports are taking shape at the grass-roots level, from STEM curriculum in schools to the high school player pipeline and recruitment into college programs. Learn ...

    Sponsored by:

    dallas

10:30 AM
  1. Networking Break
    15 mins
10:45 AM
  1. 75 mins
    Is your destination new to esports? Or just getting started? In this 101 session, learn what you need to know to enter the emerging esports market, who the key players are in the industry and the bigg ...
  2. 75 mins
    The marketplace is open only to industry suppliers with marketplace tables and event organizers.
12:00 PM
  1. Networking Break
    15 mins
12:15 PM
  1. 60 mins

    New frontiers are being forged when it comes to esports-specific venues. After opening remarks from multi-year EsportsTravel Summit sponsor ASM Global, hear about the latest trends in esports venues from one of the leading designers of esports-specific venues and what your organization and destination should be thinking about when it comes to providing the optimum in-venue experience. And learn how the NBA 2K League is approaching its live broadcast experiences and what you can take away from their approach.

    Sponsored by:

    ASM2

1:15 PM
  1. Networking Break
    15 mins
1:30 PM
  1. 45 mins

    Nowhere is esports growing faster than in the collegiate space. From curricula that cater to the industry’s future employees to leagues that are developing live events for campuses large and small across the country, collegiate esports is sparking the latest wave of growth. Hear how institutions are planting their flag in the space and what your destination can do to partner with schools in your area that are raising their esports profiles.

    Sponsored by:

    Valley Forge

2:15 PM
  1. 30 mins

    In this fast-paced roundtable, you’ll hear from leading esports event organizers about the current state of the industry from a wide range of perspectives, the biggest challenges and opportunities ahead as in-person events return, and what your organization should be considering as it thinks about its esports future.

2:45 PM
  1. Networking Break
    15 mins
3:00 PM
  1. 45 mins

    The lines between professional sports and esports continue to merge. In this session, hear how professional sports teams in Pittsburgh have been approaching esports and what their thoughts are for the future of the industry.

3:45 PM
  1. 15 mins
    The future is in the metaverse. As organizations look to blend their real and virtual products, esports are at the crossroads of the next evolution in the digital world. Nowhere is that more evident t ...

    Sponsored by:

    MB

4:00 PM
  1. 60 mins
    The marketplace is open only to industry suppliers with marketplace tables and event organizers.
5:00 PM
  1. 60 mins
6:00 PM
  1. Open Evening
    240 mins
10:00 PM
  1. Late-Night Lounge
    The Westin Pittsburgh, Penn City Grille
    119 mins
    After an open evening exploring all that Pittsburgh has to offer, regroup with your fellow attendees at the EsportsTravel Summit Late-Night Lounge, where business networking will continue in a relaxed and fun setting into the wee hours.
8:00 AM
  1. Breakfast
    60 mins
  2. 300 mins

    Sponsored by:

    Pitt     Daytona     Toronto

9:00 AM
  1. 45 mins
    As esports develop, so do opportunities for all segments of the population to get involved. In many cases, esports are providing important gateways in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and acc ...

    Sponsored by:

    Trip2

10:00 AM
  1. 120 mins
    The marketplace is open only to industry suppliers with marketplace tables and event organizers.
1:00 PM
  1. 120 mins
    By invitation only. 
  2. Optional Venue Tours
    240 mins

    Esports event organizers will have the opportunity to tour some of the many venues that make Pittsburgh a unique destination for sports and esports events. These tours, open only to event organizers, are available by reservation. Please RSVP to Brady Inners, event manager for SportsPITTSBURGH, by December 3, at brady.inners@sportsPITTSBURGH.com

    Venue tours available include:

    PPG Paints Arena
    David L. Lawrence Convention Center
    UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse (Duquesne University)
    Petersen Events Center (University of Pittsburgh)
    UPMC Events Center (Robert Morris University)
    Stage AE
    Highmark Stadium
    Pittsburgh Playhouse
    PNC Park

Presenters

Northstar