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  • Host City Americas to Debut in June - Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) The inaugural Host City Americas digital conference will take place on June 29-30.

    The event will bring together international rights holders and suppliers with event hosts and investors in the Americas.

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    Host City says more than 1,000 people will be taking part in the online event, including IOC members, sports ministers, mayors, International Federations and Organizing Committee leaders.

    There could be plenty to talk about, including which of the 23 cities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States in the running to host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches will make the final cut later this year. 

    Key themes for the 14 planned sessions include Post-Covid Recovery, Digitalization, Sustainability, Private Investment, Esports, and the changing media landscape.

    Speakers for the event are currently being lined up.

    Click here to register and get your free ticket for Host City Americas.

    Later this year, the 2021 edition of Host City will be a global, hybrid event held in Glasgow, Scotland on December 7-8. The format change is designed to build on last year’s first digital edition, combining the face-to-face interaction at Glasgow’s Technology & Innovation Centre with online connectivity.

    Sportel+ to Hold Second eTALKS 

    Sportel’s new virtual platform Sportel+ will turn its focus to esports for the second in a series of what it calls eTALKS.

    There will be two sessions for the online event on April 8. The first entitled "Esports & Traditional Sports – Cultivating the Crossover" and the second "Opportunities in Esports for Broadcast & Production". The sessions, which each run an hour, will be held back to back beginning at 1400 Central European Time. Speakers for both will be announced soon. 

    Sportel+ eTALKS, which the company says is designed to complement live events and connect with the community digitally,  discuss evolving trends emerging from the pandemic and beyond.

    Click here to register. The events are free to attend.

    The first two sessions in the series were held on March 11 and focused on sports media rights and new broadcast strategies. 

    The future of sports tech is the topic for a third set of sessions to be held at a yet to be determined date in May.

    Meanwhile, Sportel is starting to prepare for the next edition of Sportel Monaco, scheduled for October 5-7, 2021.

    Last year's edition had originally been pushed back from its traditional October spot to February 22-24, 2021. But in January it was decided to delay it again so that the event could be 100 percent face-to-face.

    Global Esports Federation Convention Next Month

    The second edition of GEFcon – the Global Esports convention – will be on April 9, 2021.

    The Global Esports Federation has also released its plans for the #worldconnected series 2021 (#wcs21).

    This follows on the heels of the inaugural edition of the #wcs20 and GEFcon in December 2020.

    “The success of the #wcs20 last December demonstrates the focus of the Global Esports Federation and our Member Federations’ commitment to foster a strong and diverse esports community worldwide,” Kelvin Tan, Director of Esports, Global Esports Federation, said in a statement.

    “The #wcs21 is the first of a series of community events to be held throughout this year. We look forward to greater involvement from the global community and invite even more esports players and spectators to join in this global celebration of esports.”

    The federation describes the #worldconnected series as a community initiative inspired by the Global Esports Federation’s values of equality, fair play, diversity, inclusion, and innovation. The GEFcon, meanwhile, provides a powerful platform to engage the conversation around esports with the wider community.

    Visit for latest updates and development on #wcs21 and GEFcon21.

    Written by Gerard Farek

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