Join IBC365 on Thursday 24 January at 4pm GMT to hear industry experts explain how esports is transforming live content and reaching new audiences as it crosses into the mainstream and catches the attention of the biggest media businesses.
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Wouter Sleijffers, chief executive, Fnatic
Fnatic was born in 2004 into the new world of esports and has since helped shape the new world sport into a fast-growing phenomenon. Its charismatic pro-gamers have won thousands of tournaments in more than 20 games, the most of any organisation. More than just a team, Fnatic’s mission to bring esports into every household. Headquartered in London, the Fnatic operation spans across San Francisco, Berlin, Belgrade and Kuala Lumpur.
Following a hugely successful career in marketing and with a fervour for business development Fnatic’s CEO, Wouter is leading Fnatic’s transformation into a global enterprise and ambitious new territory. Outside of Fnatic, Wouter has joined multiple initiatives, associations and advisory boards that each have the goal of developing the esports industry.
Dhaval Ponda, global sales head Media Services, Tata Communications
Dhaval Ponda was part of the founding team for media & entertainment business at Tata Communications. Having led an aggressive growth of the business, with acquisition of over 150 logos, Dhaval heads up the sales and business development efforts globally.
Ivan Danishevsky, founder of ESCharts.com and ESM.one
Ivan has a vast esports experience starting from a pro-player, managing a number of teams, creating, covering and even commenting a lot esports events.
Energised with an idea of making esports better, bigger and more profitable for all parties involved, he created Esports Charts - a unique analytical service that investigates trends of esports development, advertising and streaming in general. This service makes esports more honest and clear, helps sponsors, organisers and viewers to find out the popularity of any broadcast and esports event.
Together with ESM.zone tournament platform and Zeer.tv school for esports broadcasting development he tries to bring the most accessible, open, best practices for everyone.
Martin Wyatt, head of partner relationships, Gfinity
Martin is responsible for the acquisition, retention and strategic growth at Gfinity, working with games publishers and sports rights holders who require an esports solution to brands looking to enter this rapidly growing space in a credible and authentic way.
Robert Ambrose, managing consultant, High Green Media
Rob Ambrose (@rambrose) is a consultant, industry analyst, writer and technologist providing strategic advice and content creation to media companies and their technology vendors.
As founder and managing consultant at High Green Media, Rob has expert knowledge of media business systems and the content supply chain - ranging from scheduling and rights management through to content operations, media asset management and workflow. He’s focused on the transformative impact of cloud and data analytics on the media technology landscape.
He’s an active speaker and presenter on media and entertainment industry trends and has extensive international experience, working directly with media companies and vendors in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. Rob holds an MBA with Distinction from Imperial College, London.