2015 eSports Global Advisory Board
With the rapid developments in eSports, it is critical that our eSports Conference Program tie in the most up-to-date topics and influencers to ensure our attendees receive the highest and most relevant value onsite. That’s why we are working with an elite Global Advisory Board, comprised of eSports industry leaders, influencers and veterans. Learn about our eSports Global Advisory Board Members below.
Vice President / General Manager
Ujesh Desai is the head of Logitech’s gaming business, Logitech G. His responsibilities include portfolio management, strategic marketing and brand direction of Logitech’s gaming business.
Prior to his current role, Ujesh spent 13 years at NVIDIA, a leading manufacturer of graphics processing units that are used to power mobile phones, personal computers and gaming consoles. As their Vice President of Marketing, he led NVIDIA’s go-to-market strategy for their major business units. During his career there, he also served as the General Manager of their GeForce PC Gaming business where he launched numerous award-winning products.
Prior to NVIDIA, Ujesh held product management and marketing roles for Silicon Graphics.
Alexander Tobias Müller
Managing Director and Owner
With 16 years of work experience in the gaming industry, Alexander is a pioneer in the segment of eSports in Europe.
David Yarnton has been involved in the Video Games industry for over 20 years and is currently a Director of Gfinity Ltd the only listed eSports company in the United Kingdom and the first company in the world to launch a dedicated eSports arena which will be the venue for tournaments featuring the top teams in the world competing in all of the best eSports games in a season running in London from March until October.
In addition to Gfinity David is involved in the sports industry with a couple of digital start-ups and prior to that was a senior executive with Nintendo for17 years, most recently in charge of their business in the UK & Ireland having moved there with the company from Australia in 2003. He has been on a number of industry boards and is currently Co-Chairman of the eSports sub-group of UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment, the only trade body for the UK’s games and wider interactive entertainment industry) as well as being Founder and Chairman of the British Inspiration Awards an organisation that helps recognise and celebrate British creative achievements.
After 12 years in the financial industry, Steve Arhancet joined the world of professional gaming. He is now the co-owner of one of the world’s leading eSports teams – Team Liquid.
With over five years of managing teams under his belt, Steve is now responsible for managing Team Liquid, and the entire Team Curse organisation, following the merger of both groups under the wider ‘Team Liquid’ banner.
Foster Pepper PLLC
Bryce Blum is a lawyer and avid gamer. He maintains a full-time practice in eSports law, representing players, teams, leagues, tournament organizers and other service providers in the eSports industry. Bryce’s work spans across virtually every major eSports title. He counsels clients on entertainment, sports, intellectual property, business, and gaming law issues.
Bryce is an active member of the eSports community. He frequently participates in discussions surrounding eSports disputes on Reddit and Twitter under the handle “esportslaw,” appears on eSports talk shows, and acts as a guest writer for The Daily Dot. Bryce is also in the process of drafting a white paper series on eSports law, which delves into the most fundamental legal challenges impeding the rise of eSports and attempts to offer solutions for past, present, and future legal problems.
Peter Warman (1971) is CEO and co-founder of Newzoo, the international games market research specialist. With its global and local market intelligence, Newzoo services clients such as Facebook, Tencent, EA, YouTube, Valve, Microsoft, Supercell, RedBull and King. Recently Newzoo launched the report Global Growth of eSports, Trends, Audience and Revenues Towards 2017 that includes an in-depth comparison with traditional sports. After being responsible for sales and business development at Europe’s largest interactive agency (LBi), he was responsible for internet development at Reed Business and operated as commercial director for an online multiplayer game for children. Peter is a frequent speaker on the business aspects of the games market and the impact games has on other industries.
Newzoo recently released its Global Growth of Esports Report and its clients include the majority of key players in the Esports space, e.g. Blizzard, RiotGames, Activision, RedBull, Nvidia, ESL, Fnatic, SteelSeries.
Professional Host & Personality
Nick McCandless defines ‘expert’ in the realm of video games and technology as a young and passionate Host for a variety of well respected networks including Machinima, Dailymotion, and BiteSizeTV, just to name a few. Known as the “go-to guy” for all aspects of the technology industry, Nick is establishing his very own empire where he plans to become one of the top personalities in the business.
With over 35,000 followers on Twitter, over 6,000,000 views on YouTube, Nick enjoys his position as CEO/Owner of TheGamerAccess.com which attracts hundreds of thousands of unique views each and every month.
Stephen ‘Snoopeh’ Ellis
eSports Consultant, Former League of Legends Professional Gamer
Stephen Ellis, otherwise known as ‘Snoopeh,’ was one of the best League of Legends players in the world and is now a consultant, host and brand ambassador in the eSports industry. During his tenure as a professional gamer he captained his team through the world championships in 2012 and lived in South Korea, Germany and North America – playing against the best players in the world. A keen networker, Stephen is very well connected in the eSports space and has opted to pour his resources into advocating on behalf of aspiring and current professional players.
Senior Vice President and President of Magid Advisors
Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc.
Having been extensively involved in video and PC gaming strategies, as well as the development of new gaming concepts, Mike Vorhaus provides research and consultation services to major traditional media companies about new media initiatives, venture capitalists and private equity firms about investment in the media space, as well as consultation services to a number of leading internet and gaming companies.
Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani
Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani is one of the most accomplished and well known faces of League of Legends since the birth of the eSports heavyweight. Having already competed professionally for over 4 years, Voyboy now streams his games online daily through Twitch.TV to millions of viewers around the world.