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  • Esports the Focus of Two Upcoming Events - Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) The fifth Global Esports Executive Summit begins on Sunday at the Busan Esports Arena in Busan, South Korea.

    The International Esports Federation, which is presenting the Nov. 29-30 event, says plans have been made to allow delegates to participate and contribute both live at the venue, and online.

    The keynote speakers are Philippe Gueisbuhler, General Director of GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) and Byungho Kang, Esports Manager of K-League.

    The session on Esports and Traditional Sports Convergence will cover topics such as bringing the sports and Esports communities together, building on common ground, and identifying and cultivating opportunities for collaboration and outreach.

    If you would like to participate in GEES20, either live or as an online delegate, you can register for free at

    Inaugural #worldconnected Series Launched

    The Global Esports Federation marks its first anniversary by hosting the inaugural edition of the #worldconnected series (#wcs20).

    The #wcs20, which runs from Dec. 17-19, includes GEFcon - the Global Esports Federation Convention - as well as a series of regional esports competitions hosted by GEF member federations across the world.

    GEFcon will feature exclusive live webinar sessions and a series of sessions on-demand that are designed for the collective benefit of esports. Visit for full program and registration details.

    “It has been an eventful year since we embarked on the mission to establish the credibility, legitimacy, and prestige for esports at the worldwide launch of the Global Esports Federation in Singapore,” said Chris Chan, Global Esports Federation president, in a statement.

    “The first #worldconnected series and GEFcon is truly a global platform bringing together our Member Federations and Partners in support of our mission – cultivating collaborations, forging synergies, developing and growing the connections between esports and sport in communities across the world.”

    Host City 2020

    A global audience of more than 1,000 major event industry professionals is expected to attend the seventh edition of the Host City conference and exhibition on Dec. 8-9.

    Craig Reedie will deliver a keynote at Host City 2020. (Host City)
    The annual international meeting of cities and sports, hosted by EventScotland and Glasgow Life, is virtual this year.

    The theme is "The Big Restart: Recovery with a Purpose for the Digital Age” and the opening session will feature keynotes from IOC member and former WADA president Craig Reedie and Paris 2024 CEO Etienne Thobois among others.

    In a written interview with Around the Rings, Host City Conference Director Ben Avison revealed this week what it was like to plan around a pandemic and what's in store for the first virtual edition of the event.

    Click here to read the interview.

    Click here to book your free pass.

    Virtual SportsPro OTT Summit 

    The SportsPro OTT Summit event platform is now live, along with the launch of the agenda for the virtual event that will be held December 2-3.

    It will feature more than 30 sessions including a deep dive into Amazon’s approach to rights acquisition, forecasting the future of broadcast and OTT, and building a soccer OTT platform.

    Those interested in showcasing products and/or services can create a dedicated exhibitor page on the OTT Summit networking platform that will be accessible to all attendees.

    A pass to access content and the exhibitions is free for everyone and a premium pass is available at no charge for many.

    Click here to register.

    Global Sports Week Paris Adds Founding Partner

    Global Sports Week Paris adds a new founding partner with adidas coming on board.

    (Global Sports Week)
    The iconic sports brand joins France's Ministry of Sport, French banking group BPCE and EGG Events in the top-tier category. EDF and Vivendi are associate partners.

    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), UN Women and World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) are among those who will help to co-create the event as official ‘Proud Supporters.’

    The second edition will again be held under the patronage of UNESCO and the high patronage of French President Emmanuel Macron.

    The event will run from February 1-5, 2021 and will take place primarily online, with speakers linked live across studio settings in Paris and five future Olympic host cities – Beijing, Tokyo, Milan, Dakar and Los Angeles. Where local health conditions allow, physical events will also be organized with support from France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Global Sports Week will also feature a first-of-its-kind virtual exhibition – the GSWMarketplace – comprising immersive, customizable and interactive booths, accessible for businesses and organizations of all types and sizes.

    “We’re pleased to renew our support for Global Sports Week, which offers an important platform for exchange around the key issues linking sport, business and society," said IPC president Andrew Parsons in a statement. 

    “The IPC firmly believes that Change Starts with Sport and Global Sports Week, with its emphasis on multilateral solutions, will set the tone for a defining year for the Paralympic Movement.”

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    Written by Gerard Farek

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