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Friday, September 8 • 10:40am - 11:55am
eSports in NZ – assessing the opportunities

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This session will have a break from 11:25 to 11:35.

This panel will be covering the following topics:

  • Current state of play of eSports in NZ, and in a global context (how advanced / retrograde as we in comparison to the rest of the world / size of market opportunity)
  • What are the specific opportunities for eSports in NZ, both domestically, in Australasia, and globally?
  • What are the opportunities to improve accessibility for both amateur and professional eSports athletes with disabilities? Are there any easy wins, and how, longer term, can we inject systemically more support for players with disabilities that will grow and improve over time? Is there an opportunity for NZ to take a leadership role in this?
  • What are the game development trends that have fed the growth of eSports, and how have the game types being played changed?
  • What are the opportunities for disruption in eSports from a game design and development perspective?

Moderators
avatar for Tim Ponting

Tim Ponting

Director, Renegade PR
Tim Ponting has 30 years’ experience in media and marketing communications, initially as a multi-award winning journalist in music, technology and gaming magazines, from editing ZERO to the launch of ground-breaking PC Zone, followed by 5 years at Activision as European PR Director... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ben Lenihan

Ben Lenihan

President, NZ eSports Federation
Ben is President of the New Zealand ESports Federation as well as a NZ qualified lawyer specialising in technology and business. He has also advised commercial operators on the establishment of eSports businesses and the operation of eSports events.Having worked as a lawyer throughout... Read More →
avatar for Duane Mutu

Duane Mutu

Director, Letplay.live
Duane Mutu is a director of Letplay.live (LPL), an Australian and New Zealand-based eSports media company. LPL is engaged in the business of developing and promoting esports tournaments and broadcast content. Duane is also spokesperson for the New Zealand eSports Federation. Duane... Read More →
avatar for Kim Robinson

Kim Robinson

General Manager, Techable Trust
Kim advocates for full inclusion of people with disabilities in all sectors of society including gaming. Kim is keen to see eSports become fully acessible to gamers with disabilities.
avatar for Jason Spiller

Jason Spiller

Campaign Manager, OMEN Gaming
Jason is a passionate Marketer, Product Manager and Community Architect. With experience across the game, esports and technology sectors. Over the last ten years he has built dedicated communities and overseen a high level of digital transformation within the software business. During... Read More →


Friday September 8, 2017 10:40am - 11:55am NZST
WG308