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2022 Program

Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.
All times shown are Eastern Time.

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11:00 AM
  1. 420 mins

    Arrivals Lounge sponsored by:
    Populous

1:00 PM
  1. 240 mins

    Esports event organizers will have the opportunity to tour some of the many venues that make Daytona Beach a unique destination for sports and esports events. These tours, open only to event organizers, are available by reservation. Please RSVP to Brandon Little, sports business development manager for the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau by May 16 at blittle@daytonabeach.com.

    Venue Tours Available Include:

    Ocean Center
    Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

2:00 PM
  1. 60 mins

    Dare to Dream is a career exploration, educational and motivational program that introduces students ages 18–24 to careers behind the scenes of the sports-related travel, tourism, events and entertainment industries. Dare to Dream is an exclusive co-location partner of the EsportsTravel Summit. For more information, click here or contact diane@mcgrawproductions.com.

    Dare to Dream

3:00 PM
  1. 120 mins

    Is your destination new to esports? Or just getting started? Want to hear from experts on what it takes to host a successful event? In this session, learn what you need to know to enter the emerging esports market, who the key players are in the industry and the biggest differences between hosting traditional sports and esports events in your destinations and venues. Feel free to bring your questions for our experts so they can help you become esports experts yourselves. Use this session to make the most of your time at the EsportsTravel Summit.

7:00 PM
  1. Daytona International Speedway
    120 mins

    Start the EsportsTravel Summit at Daytona Beach’s most iconic venue — Daytona International Speedway. Since opening in 1959, the track has been home to the Daytona 500 and countless memories in the world of motorsports. The approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the Speedway grounds are also used extensively for events that include concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training. The $400 million renovation completed in 2016 only added to the venue’s place on the list of one of the most significant facilities in sports. Rev up your experience at the EsportsTravel Summit in this informal setting for attendees to meet and network at our Opening Celebration sponsored by our host sponsors at the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    Sponsored by:

    Daytona Beach CVB

8:00 AM
  1. Breakfast
    60 mins

    Sponsored by:

    Pittsburgh

9:00 AM
  1. 10 mins
    Kick off the EsportsTravel Summit with a welcome from Jason Gewirtz, the vice president of Northstar’s Sports Division, and dignitaries from Daytona Beach.
9:10 AM
  1. 35 mins

    Research into esports fans and their willingness to support events continues to deepen. In this session hear from a range of researchers on their latest data supporting how esports fans travel, what they want to spend their money on and how closely they pay attention to the messaging and marketing they experience at in-person events. Come away with specific information you can use in your communities and in your organizations on the value proposition of in-person esports events.

9:45 AM
  1. 15 mins
    Esports events are being held in a range of venues including many designed specifically for esports. But there are ways to bring events to nontraditional venues, especially when you can tap into local audiences of esports and gaming enthusiasts. In this E-Talk, learn how one esports entertainment company is building its presence at the country’s largest entertainment and shopping destination to bring new events to fans that are eager to experience in-person competition.
10:00 AM
  1. 30 mins

    In this rapid-fire session, hear firsthand from several esports event organizers on events for which they are seeking hosts, what direction their organizations are taking in the immediate future and what their vision of in-person events looks like in the years to come. 

10:30 AM
  1. Networking Break
    15 mins
10:45 AM
  1. 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

    Traditional sports and esports have long had a connection. And one professional sports league is doing more to combine its in-person and virtual worlds through gaming and esports — NASCAR. In this session, hear how NASCAR is using esports to complement real-world events and introduce the sport to new audiences through local market activations, college outreach and more. Plus, hear how destinations that don’t have NASCAR tracks may be able to take advantage of the sport’s vision of the future.

    Sponsored by:

    ASM Global
     

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

    Just as every esports organization is different, so are the needs of those groups when it comes to investing in the infrastructure to support the growth of elite competitors, live audiences and world-class events. As the industry continues its rapid evolution, so do the esports-specific venues that are defining the global landscape. In this session, hear from esports organizations from the amateur to professional levels and a world-leading designer on how venues are being planned and built with the diverse needs of the player, fan and live experience in mind.

2:15 PM
  1. 45 mins

    The collegiate scene remains one of the most robust in the esports ecosystem, with new leagues and new events that aim to attract new students and connect them through esports. In this session, hear from some of the leaders in the space on what’s happening on and off campuses in your communities, how events are evolving, how destinations can be involved in those competitions and why collegiate esports are so ripe for further growth.

3:00 PM
  1. Networking Break
    15 mins
3:15 PM
  1. 30 mins

    The legalization of sports wagering has forever altered the way traditional sports organizations approach their events. As legal wagering is extended to esports, organizations and destinations need to quickly become familiar with emerging law that holds significant implications for future fan engagement and bottom lines. In this discussion with an esports CEO, a former state regulator and a leading gaming attorney, we untangle the complex implications of esports wagering and discuss what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for event organizers, venues and destinations alike.

3:45 PM
  1. Networking Break
    15 mins
4:00 PM
  1. 60 mins
    The marketplace is open only to industry suppliers with marketplace tables and event organizers.
5:15 PM
  1. 60 mins
6:00 PM
  1. Open Evening
    180 mins
9:00 PM
  1. Late-Night Lounge
    McCoys Rum Room – Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
    120 mins
    After your open night in Daytona Beach, continue the networking in an informal setting with your fellow EsportsTravel Summit attendees.
9:00 AM
  1. 45 mins

    In May, the Collegiate Sports Management Group and EsportsU in partnership with Skillshot Media and the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks presented the Collegiate Esports Commissioners Cup, a three-day event that attracted 64 teams to the Gateway Center Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Strategic partners included the NBA G League’s College Park Skyhawks, Hawks Talon Gaming Club, Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Esports Alliance. In this session, learn how the event came to be, how it was produced and the takeaways event organizers have from successfully hosting one of the largest collegiate esports events ever held.

10:00 AM
  1. 120 mins
    The marketplace is open only to industry suppliers with marketplace tables and event organizers.
12:00 PM
  1. 60 mins

    Close out the 2022 EsportsTravel Summit with an invitation to attend the 2023 EsportsTravel Summit in Toronto. After that, settle in for our final discussion on the return of in-person professional esports events. Before the pandemic, those events were gaining considerable momentum and attracting crowds like never before. Now, those events are returning in interesting and creative ways. In this session, hear from leaders of professional esports organizations and venues about what their events look like now, what plans are in the works for future events, what fans are expecting and how these events will continue to drive interest in some of the most popular gaming titles being played.

    Sponsored by:

    Toronto

2:00 PM
  1. Ocean Center
    120 mins

    The CEO Fighting Game Championship is one of the most established and highly regarded esports tournaments in the country. The tournament’s main objective now is to bring together fans of the fighting game genre and gaming in general to compete, learn and have fun. The 2022 event returns to Daytona Beach, June 24–26 at Ocean Center. In this optional activity, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the tournament set-up and hear first-hand from event founder Alex Jebailey about what goes into producing the event that draws thousands of participants each year. Space on the tour is limited. For those interested in attending this one-of-a-kind experience, please mark your interest when you fill out your registration to attend the EsportsTravel Summit. For additional questions about the behind-the-scenes tour or how to sign up for it, contact Beth Dean at bdean@ntmllc.com.

     

    Attendees of the EsportsTravel Summit will be eligible for discounted tickets to attend the CEO Fighting Game Championship, which will be staged June 24–26 at the Ocean Center is Daytona Beach. For more information on how to obtain tickets, contact ceogaming@gmail.com.

Presenters

Northstar