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Esports Roundtable Podcast where we discuss the past, present and future of esports business. Host Joe Hills, Founder of Looking for Group, chats to c-suite guests from across the esports landscape to discuss their story and investigate into pressing topics of the industry. The ultimate aim for the Roundtable is to provide a critical and constructive platform where esports executives can bring transparency and insight to the inner workings of the business of esports.

Esports Roundtable Podcast where we discuss the past, present and future of esports business. Host Joe Hills, Founder of Looking for Group, chats to c-suite guests from across the esports landscape to discuss their story and investigate into pressing topics of the industry. The ultimate aim for the Roundtable is to provide a critical and constructive platform where esports executives can bring transparency and insight to the inner workings of the business of esports.
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Esports Roundtable Podcast where we discuss the past, present and future of esports business. Host Joe Hills, Founder of Looking for Group, chats to c-suite guests from across the esports landscape to discuss their story and investigate into pressing topics of the industry. The ultimate aim for the Roundtable is to provide a critical and constructive platform where esports executives can bring transparency and insight to the inner workings of the business of esports.

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English


Episodes

19: ERT #19 - Will endemic esports news companies survive? with Graham Ashton @ The Esports Observer

1/10/2018
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With ESPN dominating the breaking news and The Esports Observer being invested in by SportsBusinessJournal, will the esports news sites of old survive the waves of investment and poaching of talent from media giants entering the space? We brought Graham Ashton on the show to tell his story and shed some insight on the state of esports business news and insight. Reach Graham @graham__ashton and on www.esportsobserver.com - Enjoyed the show? Leave us a rating and review in iTunes and...

Duration: 00:40:34


18: Ralf Reichert and the Future of Esports with ESL

1/3/2018
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ESL's CEO Ralf Reichert jumped on the show to bring the ERT into 2018\. We discussed the state of Esports, importance of the partnership with Pyeongchang's Winter Games and more. Reach Ralf on @RalfReichert and r.reichert@eslgaming.com If you enjoyed the show: leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help the podcast grow! FB: @lfgesportshr Twitter: @bearlykoalified LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/joehillslfg/ Website: www.lookingforgrouplfg.com

Duration: 00:29:01


17: Christmas Special with Foundry IV: Tobias Sherman and Simon Abitbol

12/20/2017
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Former WME|IMG esports visionaries Tobias and Simon join us on a more relaxed episode of the show where we break down their exit from WME|IMG and the philosophy behind Foundry IV's approach to building a title for with org/team buy-in + a healthy dose of festive horseplay. HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SEE YOU IN 2018!! Reach the guys on Twitter: Tobias: @TumbaSherman Simon: @SympaticoTV If you enjoyed the show: leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help the podcast grow! FB: @lfgesportshr...

Duration: 01:10:39


16: Who won the franchise war and will Western talent ever topple Korean dominance with Kelby May, Director Team Sponsorship Strategy @ Twitch

12/13/2017
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Twitch's Kelby May drops some candid insight in one of my favourite episodes of the show so far. We get into who won the opening battles of the franchising war for talent and brand, whether the West will ever compete with Korea and take a dive into Twitch's position as one of the few places where all Esports stakeholders come together. Reach Kelby on Twitter @KelbyMay and on kelby@twitch.tv If you enjoyed the show: leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help the podcast grow! FB:...

Duration: 00:36:58


15: "How important will university esports be to the future of the industry with Mark 'Garvey' Candella, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Twitch"

12/6/2017
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One of the main criticisms of the industry is how much of the focus in on the top 2% of play. To ward against bursting the bubble and to allow as many fans to get involved in esports professionally, the pyramid must be widened. Garvey, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Twitch, has been the key champion for all Twitch's collgiate initiatives and he joined us on the show to shed some light on what it takes to build a potentially global network of university competition. Reach Garvey on...

Duration: 00:34:23


14: "Is esports a risky venture? Life after Riot with Jason Yeh"

11/29/2017
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Former Head of Esports for Riot EU, Jason Yeh joined us to discuss the landscape of League of Legends esports as well as the potential limiting factors for EU vs global esports. A venture capitalist (VC) prior to joining Riot, Jason drops some knowledge on the benefits of new VC's getting into the industry + life as a professional new parent! Reach Jason on Twitter @ jasonoliver If you enjoyed the show: leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help the podcast grow! FB: @lfgesportshr...

Duration: 00:35:07


13: "What makes an Esports title? Past, Present and Future with Simon Bennett"

11/21/2017
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With the rise of battle royale esports, the definition and qualities of what makes an esports title great are important to consider. Simon Bennett, VP Brand and Marketing for Infinite Esports and Entertainment, joins us to shed some light the core pillars of what makes a great esports title, how developers can be aware of common pitfalls and what we can be excited about from next gen esports. Reach Simon on Linkedin @ "Simon Bennett" and seed.gg for all esports title enquiries. If you...

Duration: 00:39:21


12: "Leaving the Wild West of Esports with Stan Press"

11/15/2017
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Many characterise Esports as still being the Wild Wild West. With franchise leagues looming in 2018 and more investor interest than ever, we brought on Stan Press (former Cloud 9 Advisor, Astro Gaming alumni and recent MD, Gaming and Digital Strategy for Frank N Magid Associate) to chat about his journey through twelve years of esports experience as a player, businessman and champion for the evolution of esports. Reach Stan @ www.linkedin.com/in/stanpress/ and @on3nightstan on Skype. If...

Duration: 00:30:38


9: "Navigating the Gap: Brands into Esports" #2 James Grunke - Former Global Head of Esports, Nvidia

10/25/2017
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Early adopters were the lifeblood of the esport's emerging past and their place in the future could be uncertain as non-endemic sponsors price them out with their larger budgets. Following on from episode 7 with Imari Oliver, Joe is joined by James Grunke, former Global Head of Esports @ Nvidia to represent the endemic side of the brand discussion. Reach James - @jamesgrunke Please continue to leave us a rating and a review on iTunes. Apple give us an ELO boost for every rating and we need...

Duration: 00:24:34


8: "Managing Talent Part 1" - Mats Adams - Managing Director, SEG International

10/18/2017
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Talent management is one of the largest areas of the industry that can professionalise and mature of the next few years. We are joined by Mats Adams, 15 year esports veteran whose journey started in pro play and took him from Cloud 9, Azubu and Overwolf. Reach out to Mats on Twitter @Sorcerer. If you enjoyed the show: leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help the podcast grow! FB: @lfgesportshr Twitter: @lfgesportshr LinkedIn: joehillslfg Website: www.lookingforgrouplfg.com

Duration: 00:26:45


7: "Navigating the Gap: Brands into Esports" #1 Imari Oliver, Founder/CEO for Bond & Play

10/11/2017
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Brands. How to we get them into the space? What do they need from us? What can we show them? These are some of the biggest questions in esports and I'm joined today by Imari Oliver (former VP, Sales and Global Partnerships for WME|IMG and now Founder and CEO for Bond & Play) to help us understand more from the perspective of the brands themselves. Reach Imari @ https://twitter.com/imarioliver. Please continue to leave us a rating and a review on iTunes. Apple give us ELO boosters for every...

Duration: 00:38:59


6: "Marketing Pathways" with Simon Bennett, We Are Seed

10/4/2017
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Today we discuss marketing pathways in esports and what we can learn from non-endemics / what they can learn about communicating with a millennial audience. Simon Bennett, former Director of Partnerships for FACEIT joins us to shed some light on the market. Reach Simon and discuss emerging esports titles at www.seed.gg or on www.linkedin.com/in/justsimonbennett Please send us your feedback to - FB: @lfgesportshr Twitter: @lfgesportshr LinkedIn: joehillslfg Website: www.lookingforgrouplfg.com

Duration: 00:32:39


5: "Blockchain in Esports" with Brian Kerr, GL Ventures

9/27/2017
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Today we tackle the convergence between blockchain and esports. We conceptualise what blockchain tech enables for B2B/B2C markets and are joined by Brian Kerr (Former Founder and CEO of Fnatic Gear) to take us through his journey partnering with blockchain orgs; in and outside of esports. Reach Brian and discuss investment in esports: https://www.gl.ventures/ Please send us your feedback to - FB: @lfgesportshr Twitter: @lfgesportshr LinkedIn: joehillslfg Website: www.lookingforgrouplfg.com

Duration: 00:31:32


4: "The Path past Pro + Surviving as a start-up in Esports" with Weldon Green

9/13/2017
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Welcome to the Esports Roundtable: where we discuss the past, present and future of all things business in esports. I'm your host Joe Hills from Looking for Group; esports' go-to executive search consultancy and today we are joined by Weldon Green (@MindGamesWeldon), Performance Coach at Mind Games Consulting; best known for his esports psychology training with G2 Esports and TSM. Today we look focus on the 'Path past Pro': the underdiscussed concern of what pro players and support staff can...

Duration: 00:39:23


3: "Introducing Lagardère Esports: Commerical Consultancy with Andre Flackel"

8/30/2017
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Welcome to the Esports Roundtable: where we discuss the past, present and future of all things business in esports. I'm your host Joe Hills from Looking for Group, Esports' go-to executive search consultancy and today we are joined by Andre FlackelDirector of Esports for Lagardère Sports, looking at his role in Lagardère’s push into the field, the developing relationship between esports brands and commercial consulting, and the differing attitudes in esports industries across the world....

Duration: 00:42:55


2: "History of UK Esports and the Future of Franchising globally with Rob Black, COO ESL"

8/22/2017
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Welcome to the Esports Roundtable: where we discuss the past, present and future of all things business in esports. I'm your host Joe Hills from Looking for Group, Esports' go-to executive search consultancy and today we are joined by Rob Black, COO of ESL UK, looking at how Call of Duty started him on the path into the Esports scene, what it will take for the UK to establish ground in the industry, and what franchising and geolocation will mean for esports. Please send us your feedback to -...

Duration: 00:42:38


1: Welcome to the Esports Roundtable

8/17/2017
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Welcome to the Esports Roundtable: where we discuss the past, present and future of all things business in esports. I'm your host Joe Hills from Looking for Group, Esports' go-to executive search consultancy and today we are joined by Federico Winer (@fedemw), Head of Entertainment Industries, EMEA at SAP, to explore his story in esports and discuss the future evolution of machine learning and AI in the esports industry. Please send us your feedback to - FB: @LFGEsportsHR Twitter:...

Duration: 00:23:23