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From building a successful esports audience to the future of interactive streaming: Inside the Esports Academy at Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle

Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle will run from May 13th to 14th

From building a successful esports audience to the future of interactive streaming: Inside the Esports Academy at Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle

With two weeks to go until Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle commences on May 13th and runs to the 14th, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight the 10 tracks on offer at the event (plus there's also four tracks over on PC Connects).

In the build-up, we will be looking at one specific track daily to give you a better idea of what to expect.

Today we’re looking at the Esports Academy track, for which we’ll be bringing in leading players and streamers from across the globe to give insight on how to get a competitive edge, as well as a look at the future of online entertainment.

Our experts will be covering anything and everything relating to the world of esports, with a focus on trends, best practice and challenges facing the sector.

May 14th

14:00 - Starting the day off, North American head of esports at Riot Games Chris Hopper sits down with Steel Media COO Dave Bradley to discuss what lessons the developer learned from the success of League of Legends. The pair will also talk about the challenges faced with building and sustaining an esports ecosystem.

14:20 - Following this Genvid’s COO and founder Christopher Cataldi will be talking about the future of interactive streams while showing examples of the latest premium interactive streams available on Twitch and other platforms.

14:40 - Piik Games CEO Ted Mui is next to take the stage to spotlight new business opportunities within the esports ecosystem. Mui previously founded esports start-up MoEsport and has held senior positions at Zynga and Roadhouse Interactive.

15:00 - Rounding out the track will be a panel on how esports is changing the face of gaming. NCSoft senior corporate counsel Yan Perng will be joined by Pepper Esports director Samarth Chandola, ESP Gaming vice president of operations David Lee, Real Time Strategies CEO Gary Briggs, Atomic Infotech director of esports and global events Stewart Kelpe, and director of esports partnerships Patrick Barthe.

These sessions are from just one of the 10 tracks taking place at the show the year.

You can check out our full schedule to see the other impressive speakers attending, though be sure to check back for updates as we get closer to the event.

Like what you see? There’s still time to register for Pocket Gamer Connect Seattle right here.

Deputy Editor

Matthew Forde is the deputy editor at PocketGamer.biz and also a member of the Pocket Gamer Podcast. You can find him on Twitter @MattForde64 talking about stats, data and everything pop culture related - particularly superheroes.

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