Interview

Speaker Spotlight: ESL UK's James Dean

Pocket Gamer Connects London 2019 will take place on January 21st to 22nd

Speaker Spotlight: ESL UK's James Dean

Pocket Gamer Connects London 2019 will take place on January 21st to 22nd. To give you a taste of what to expect, we'll regularly be publishing interviews with the speakers at the show.

For more details on PGC London and to book a ticket, head to the website here.

In today's Speaker Spotlight we're talking to ESL UK CEO James Dean (Pictured, main), who will be giving a talk on what's next for esports. 

PocketGamer.Biz: Could you tell us a bit about the company?

James Dean: ESL is the world's largest esports organisation; hosting esports tournaments across the globe. ESL UK is the fastest growing subsidiary within the ESL group and now sits 3rd largest outside of Germany.

What does your role entail?

I am leading all efforts to grow the UK arm for ESL by encouraging the growth of the UK esports industry and servicing on a global level.

Why did you want to work in the games industry?

Always been a gamer, but also aspired to work in TV production. Esports was a dream come true!

What advice would you give to anyone looking to get into it?

Firstly gain as much insight as possible, esports is easy to understand as a gamer, but there are a lot of nuances to ensure you make a success of any endeavour.

What are your thoughts on the industry in the last 12 months?

Continued sustained growth alongside a very buoyant gaming industry.

What major trends do you predict in the next 12 months?

More game developers are getting into esports and bigger tournaments appearing. Technology will drive further audience engagement and viewership.

How has the games industry changed since you first started?

Yes absolutely, especially with the free to play models and mobile gaming and their influence on esports.

Which part of the Connects event are you most looking forward to and why?

Great for networking and some superb panels and presentations.

Find out more about Pocket Gamer Connects London 2019 on the website.


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