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  • Esports Venue Summit Loses Face to Face Format -- Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) The inaugural Esports Venue Summit will now be offered in only a virtual format in October.

    Twickenham Stadium will now host the live version of Esports Venue Summit in 2021. (Flickr)
    The live event was originally scheduled for London’s Twickenham Stadium, the home of England rugby, on Oct. 21-22. But the ongoing pandemic has moved the date back to July 21-22, 2021.

    The virtual version will still run from Oct. 26-29. Organizers describe the new forum as the only one dedicated solely to esports venues and spaces.

    The Esports Venue Summit Virtual Week will provide four afternoons of sessions with speakers and panelists from every aspect of the esports world represented, including tournament organizers, games publishers, team owners, players, esports property owners, esports venue operators, and key technology suppliers.

    Those who had already purchased the live summit delegate pass will be able to either transfer their pass to the next available live event or use it for the virtual event with the cost difference being refunded.

    ISC Virtual Week in December

    The International Sports Convention will host ISC Virtual Week from December 7-11.

    The so-called “meeting place for the business of sport” will hold six virtual summits during the week.

    Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Wikipedia)
    The topics will be Fan Engagement (Dec. 7), OTT and Sports Broadcast (Dec. 8), Sports Events (Dec. 9), Brands and Sponsorship (Dec. 10), Sports Investment and Finance (Dec. 10), and Sports Integrity (Dec. 11).

    Click here to register for any or all of the virtual summits.

    The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 International Sports Convention. It was set to be held at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London after many years in Amsterdam and Geneva.

    Organizers will try again in 2021, with the new dates of June 8-9 bringing the global sports business industry together at the new venue.

    Host City 2020's "Big Restart"

    The seventh edition of the Host City conference and exhibition will now be a virtual-only event in December.

    This year's event will be virtual. (Host City)
    Organizers had planned to return to Glasgow, Scotland in November and hold the physical event in conjunction with an online platform but the coronavirus pandemic has derailed that.

    It was announced last week that the annual international meeting of cities and sports will now be on December 8-9, hosted virtually by EventScotland and Glasgow Life.

    The theme for this year remains "The Big Restart: Recovery with a Purpose for the Digital Age”.

    The theme's five pillars include Covid Recovery; Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance; Digital Acceleration; Future Cities; and Partnerships.

    Host City Conference Director Ben Avison tells Around the Rings "the agenda is more value-driven than ever before".

    IOC member and former WADA president Craig Reedie, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games CEO Ian Reid, and Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk, Poland's minister of sports and tourism, are among the speakers who have signed on for the conference.

    Organizers expect "many more" speakers to be announced in the next two to three weeks.

    Click here to register for free.

    Corona Travel Restrictions Push SPORTEL to 2021

    The impact of the coronavirus pandemic hits SPORTEL 2020 in Monaco. The annual trade show for sport TV and digital content and technology will be postponed for the first time in its 30 year history.
    SPORTEL 2019 in Monaco. (ATR)

    A fixture on the calendar in October since its inception, organizers of the convention said this week that increasing restrictions on travel are the driving force behind the postponement.

    The new dates are February 22-24, 2021.

    While travel within Europe is possible for some participants, travel from the US and Asia in particular is currently not possible to Monaco.

    As many as 3000 delegates have participated in past SPORTEL editions. The Grimaldi Forum will continue as the exhibition venue.

    "Giving up is not in my vocabulary. But given the travel restrictions, it is impossible to keep our event in October," said SPORTEL CEO Laurent Puons in a press release announcing the change in dates.

    "The easiest solution would have been to simply cancel the event, but the sports business economy cannot afford to put itself on hold for too long. Convinced that this economy will fully recover in the coming months, we must be there when the time comes,” he says.

    Virtual Smart Cities & Sport Summit

    This year’s Smart Cities & Sport Summit will be 100 percent virtual and free for all city entities.

    (Smart Cities & Sport)
    Organizers say the summit, which will be held on Oct. 27-28, will be streamed via a dedicated online platform and will be available live and in replay.

    Forums will be open for discussions among the attendees.

    The sessions will be offered at three different times throughout the day to maximize the number of people who can join live and take part in the discussions as they take place.

    The available times are from 09:00-11:00, 13:00-15:00 and 18:00-20:00 CET. Discussion forums will remain open after sessions.

    For the first time, the Smart Cities & Sport Marketplace will be run as an online forum which will open one week ahead the Summit and be available throughout. This will allow cities and international federations to get in touch and arrange meetings at their convenience in order to share their ambitions regarding the hosting of future events.

    Register here to receive free login details and to be informed of the Marketplace’s early opening.

    Written by Gerard Farek

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