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13 years in the Gaming space and have written ~100,000 words on The Business of eSports (competitive video games). Recognized industry leader and my guests include Pro Team Owners, eSports Owners and most recently and NFL Athlete.

13 years in the Gaming space and have written ~100,000 words on The Business of eSports (competitive video games). Recognized industry leader and my guests include Pro Team Owners, eSports Owners and most recently and NFL Athlete.
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United States

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13 years in the Gaming space and have written ~100,000 words on The Business of eSports (competitive video games). Recognized industry leader and my guests include Pro Team Owners, eSports Owners and most recently and NFL Athlete.

Twitter:

@mannyanekal

Language:

English

Contact:

917-553-9912


Episodes

TNL esports 033: Kent Wakeford, KSV Esports

2/21/2018
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The Next Level esports Podcast 033 features a conversation with Kent Wakeford, COO of KSV Esports. We chat about: -The link between Korea and Silicon Valley -Planting a flag in Korea -KSV Esports being self-funded -Focus on Korean based Pro's -Differences from a business perspective between Overwatch League and LCK -Korea getting a second team as Overwatch League expands -Seoul Dynasty's performance in Stage 1 -Seoul Dynasty Sponsorships -A true mobile esport -Importance of data Enjoy the...

Duration:00:22:06

TNL esports 032: Brett Lautenbach, NRG Esports

12/4/2017
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The Next Level esports Podcast 032 features a conversation with Brett Lautenbach, President of NRG Esports We chat about: -Role and responsibilities with NRG -NRG's expansion to other games and the first with For Honor -No PUBG or Fortnite announcement yet? -Overwatch League and the San Francisco Shock -Hiring Brad Rajani as Overwatch team coach and roster -Overwatch's new spectating mode and what else is needed for the fans? -Overwatch World Cup Viewership -Events DC Brand Partnership...

Duration:00:20:15

TNL esports 031: Chuboi, FIFA Host and Streamer

10/13/2017
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The Next Level esports Podcast 031 features a conversation with Chuboi, FIFA Host and Streamer: We chat about: -Tell us how you first got involved in the FIFA scene -You began as a big streamer and then moved to EA SPORTS. What was that transition like and what’s your current work involve? -What are your thoughts on the current FIFA eSports landscape - both it’s Pro’s and what you else you think is needed? -This past month, EA added eSports teams - like Team Liquid - and big popular brands...

Duration:00:30:11

TNL esports 030: Manny Anekal, Consumer Behavior In A Virtual World

9/30/2017
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The Next Level esports Podcast 030 features a conversation with Clicksuasion and the topic of "Consumer Behavior In A Virtual World": We chat about: -Brand advertising and influence on sales, -Gamification Strategy -Effects of additive experiences on UX -Advantages/disadvantages of soliciting friends to gain in-game incentives -Motivations for users to purchase virtual equivalents of real world products and services -Industries that missed opportunities -Components of a successful...

Duration:00:32:30

TNL esports 029: Monumental Sports, Grant Paranjape, Director esports Business

9/14/2017
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The Next Level esports Podcast 029 features the 7th esports Industry guest. Grant Paranjape, Director esports Business for Monumental Sports and Entertainment. We chat about: -History in Gaming and esports -NBA 2K League -Washington Wizards Involvement -Real and esports Games -MSE OTT Platform -Scouting and Teams -Athlete Brand Building Enjoy the conversation!

Duration:00:23:53

TNL esports 028: Craig Levine, ESL CEO North America

7/21/2017
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The Next Level esports Podcast 026 features the 6th eSports Industry guest. Craig Levine, ESL CEO North America We chat about: -Our unique texting magic prior to his flying -What esports was like 10+ years ago -Is the esports "hype" helping or hurting the space -The "sweet" spot for esports event arena and capacity -ESL's many platform distribution deals -The platform wars and exclusivity -Yahoo esports and the esports Media's future -ESL's recent DisneyXD partnership and the need for...

Duration:00:28:50

TNL esports 026: YellOwstar, Head of Paris Saint-Germain esports

5/29/2017
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The Next Level esports Podcast 026 features the 5th esports Industry guest. YellOwstar, Head of Paris Saint-Germain esports We chat about: -Yellowstar first playing video games when he was just 2 years old and first dipped into esports with Starcraft at age 8. -His thoughts on Riot eventually moving towards a franchise model vs. the current league structure [Edit: This was recorded prior to Riot actually announcing the move to franchising] -Transitioning from being an esports athlete to...

Duration:00:23:56

TNL esports 025: Beyond The Whistle Interview

4/19/2017
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On TNL esports Podcast 025: Beyond The Whistle - an interview with Odell McCants. We chat about: [0:41] Why esports is big business and a real thing [4:29] How Manny got involved in the esports business [10:01] How are fans consuming esports contests [16:13] The rise of esports on the shoulders of kids who love Minecraft [19:10] Why basketball franchises are leading the way in esports [26:21] The rising job market within the rise of esports [30:37] The role colleges are playing in the rise...

Duration:00:41:22

TNL esports 24: alistdaily esports Summit Interview

4/16/2017
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TNL esports Podcast 024 With [a]listdaily at the [a]list esports Summit: In TNL esports Podcast 020, I speak with Manouk Akopyan from alistdaily during their alistsummit In LA which focused completely on esports. We chat about: -My 13 year background in Gaming and esports -The opportunities in esports today and tomorrow -Why Brands are investing in esports -Brand recommendations on how to invest -esports Hidden Audience: Young Women -The Brand I would love to see invest: Dove -The 1 Thing...

Duration:00:20:15

TNL esports 023: Fnatic's $7M Funding From Celtics, AS Roma Group

4/13/2017
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The Next Level esports Podcast 023, with Kevin Knocke on SiriusXM eSports Radio: We chat: -Fnatic's $7M Funding -Celtics/AS Roma Group owner Jim Pallotta. -Why is Fnatic worth so much? -Why is more traditional sports money pouring into esports? -Do other teams need to copy Fnatic's Business Model? -Will Fnatic be the 1st $100M esports team? Enjoy our conversation!

Duration:00:17:58

TNL esports 022: Morgan Stanley's Overwatch League Revenue Estimates

3/29/2017
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The Next Level esports Podcast 022, with Kevin Knocke on SiriusXM eSports Radio: This week we chat: -Morgan Stanley's "interesting" research estimates around Blizzard's Overwatch League -OWL Media Rights Estimates -OWL Sponsorship and Advertising Revenue Enjoy our conversation!

Duration:00:14:48

TNL esports 021: Ricky Lumpkin, Co-Founder Flipsid3 Tactics

3/27/2017
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The Next Level esports Podcast 021 features the 4th esports Industry guest. On this edition: Ricky Lumpkin, NFL Athlete and Co-Owner of esports team Flipsid3 Tactics We chat about: -Why he was late for the Podcast -Drake, -esports -Why the NFL hasn't jumped in, -What he loves iRacing -Can I beat him in Street Fighter? (Yes) Enjoy our conversation!

Duration:00:24:49

TNL esports 020: Jason Lake, CEO Complexity Gaming

2/27/2017
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The Next Level Podcast 020 features the 3rd eSports Industry guest. On this edition: Jason Lake, CEO of Complexity Gaming. We chat about: -eSports Investment -Potential Downside To The Windfall -Call Of Duty -Increase In eSports Investment -Build or Buy An eSports Team? -What Non-Endemic Brand Do You Want For Complexity? Enjoy the conversation!

Duration:00:25:07

TNL eSports 019: Pay Per View and Broadcast Rights

2/17/2017
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The Next Level eSports Podcast 017, with Kevin Knocke on SiriusXM eSports Radio: We chat: -Pay Per View...No -TV and Media Broadcast Rights -eSports Team Expenses vs. Revenue Enjoy our conversation!

Duration:00:05:09

TNL esports 018: eSports On ESPN, ESL and YouTube, Broadcast TV

2/4/2017
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The Next Level eSports Podcast 018, with Kevin Knocke on SiriusXM eSports Radio: We chat: -eSports On ESPN's Flagship Channel -ESL and YouTube Gaming's Exclusive Partnership -The Future of eSports On Broadcast TV and Cable Enjoy our conversation!

Duration:00:15:02

TNL esports 016: Andy Babb, EVP Super League Gaming

1/23/2017
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The Next Level Podcast 016 features the 2nd eSports Industry guests. On this edition: Andy Babb, EVP of Super League Gaming Our Chat: -Intro To Super League Gaming -Movie Theaters And eSports -Opportunities For Parents -Minecraft And eSports -City Based eSports -Super League Gaming Future -Brand Sponsorships -Pro Sports and eSports Enjoy the conversation!

Duration:00:16:06

TNL esports 017: Indian esports, Facebook and Blizzard

1/22/2017
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The Next Level eSports Podcast 017, with Kevin Knocke on SiriusXM eSports Radio: We chat: -The New Indian eSportsOpportunity -Indian eSports Leagues -Mobile eSports in 2017 -Facebook and Blizzard's Exclusive Broadcast Rights Partnership Enjoy the conversation!

Duration:00:15:04

TNL esports 015: 2016 esports Review, 2017 Pro Team Investment

1/8/2017
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The Next Level eSports Podcast 015, with Kevin Knocke on SiriusXM eSports Radio: We chat about: -2016 eSports Review -2017 5 Pro Teams Investment In First 2 Weeks -Why The NBA Is Still Leading Other Leagues In eSports Enjoy the conversation!

Duration:00:12:07

TNL esports 014: NBA and esports, Valuations and Twitch Team Sponsorship

12/10/2016
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The Next Level eSports Podcast 014, with Kevin Knocke on SiriusXM eSports Radio: We chat about: -Why the NBA is Leading eSports Investment -The Increase In League of Legends Spots -Twitch and eSports Team Sponsorships Enjoy the conversation!

Duration:00:12:57

TNL esports 013: 2017 eSports Collegiate Report

11/12/2016
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The Next Level eSports Podcast 013, with Kevin Knocke on SiriusXM eSports Radio: We chat about: -The Next Level 2017 Collegiate eSports Report -15 Colleges Providing $2M+ in eSports Scholarships Enjoy the conversation!

Duration:00:10:02