Breakfast Seminar: How will e-sports impact leisure real estate?
- Andrew FaheyGlobal Mobility Director and E-Sports Lead, PwC
- Rob HetheringtonCommercial Director, Lappset Creative
- Thomas Rose - ChairCo-Founder, P-THREE
- Tomaso PortunatoCEO & Co-Founder, Platform
Game on! How will e-sports impact leisure real estate?The esports sector is now established as a major force in the entertainment business with an industry that is larger than the movie business in global revenues – set to reach £1.5bn by 2023, and with 600 million participants worldwide. Across leisure, and many other sectors, the gamification of consumer activities is enabling operators to engage with visitors before, during and after their experiences. Although previously seen as merely home entertainment, across the globe and increasingly in the UK, operators are starting to develop leisure formats to attract customers to play e-sports in a social environment with the latest in technology and equipment. However, is e-Sports really going to have a big impact on physical leisure, and will the emerging operators (both UK-based and from countries such as China) become main-stays of our sector? Our panelists will define and detail the e-sports sector, review those physical sites that are emerging, and discuss how impactful e-sports might be on the UK’s leisure offer. We will have short presentations from our experts: Tomaso Portunato is the CEO and Founder of PLATFORM Social Gaming Ltd – a pioneering gamer and esports community built upon hangout and lifestyle venues. Their declared mission is to create the most inclusive gaming & esports environment, both physical and virtual. Rob Hetherington, founder of Lappset will cover the gaming arenas design section, with insight on how to integrate the esport aspect alongside other leisure uses from a physical point of view. Andy Fahey is PwC’s esports industry lead across their global network. Andy helps organisations navigate through a fast-growing, global, emerging market, providing regular insights through thought leadership. Andy is well connected to the major players in the ecosystem, and is very proud to help shape its future. He will be joining us to explain its complex nature – giving us an idiot’s guide to esports in fact! Our presentations will be followed by a Q&A session chaired by Thomas Rose of P-Three. Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided in our lovely venue – the Everyman Cinema in Baker Street. Programme: 8:00 – Arrival, coffee, tea & pastries and networking 8:30 – The impact of e-sports on the leisure property sector 9:05 – Panel Q&A – chaired by Thomas Rose of P-THREE 9:20 – Questions from the audience to the panel 9.30 – 9.45 – Close Refreshments available until 10am.
*Please note – our panelists confirm their availability in advance. If any of our panelists cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, we will use our best efforts to replace them, but cannot guarantee that all advertised panelists will always be in attendance.