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Ready, Set, Go! The Big Business of eSports Monetization (Presented by Skillz)

Andrew Paradise  (CEO and Founder, Skillz, Inc.)

Aron Garst  (Contributor for ESPN, Red Bull Esports, Kotaku, Rolling Stone, Freelance)

Andy Miller  (Chairman + Co-founder at NRG eSports and Co-Owner of the Sacramento Kings, NRG eSports)

Doug Higgins  (Co-Founder of Sapphire Ventures and Founding Partner & Lead Investor for Sapphire Sport, Sapphire Ventures)

Location: Room 2024, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference, GDC Summits, Expo Plus, Audio Conference + Tutorial, Indie Games Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Sponsored Session

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Audience Level: All

In a crowded gaming market, it’s not always easy to set yourself apart. It’s even harder to consistently make a profit – especially as an indie developer. So, does eSports represent the next great opportunity for monetization and player engagement? With the eSports industry projected to reach as much as $40 billion by 2025, there are plenty of opportunities for developers to monetize through competition and major brand sponsorships. This session will focus on how all game developers, from small indies to large AAA studios, can take advantage of the eSports boom to successfully monetize their games. Expert panelists will discuss how developers can easily go beyond traditional monetization strategies to obtain a competitive edge in the industry, and attendees will leave with actionable knowledge to drive their success throughout 2019.


All attendees, from indie developers to AAA studios, will learn how eSports monetization can be taken to the next level by integrating a diverse range of monetization strategies. They’ll also gain an understanding of new methods that can uplevel their game – ultimately providing leverage in the eSports marketplace.

Intended Audience

This session is intended for game developers of all sizes and/or gaming companies that are looking to improve their monetization strategy through competition. This talk will also benefit industry professionals interested in hearing from experienced executives who have already experimented and succeeded with various eSports monetization methods.