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The Next Level eSports Podcast

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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.








TNL eSports Guest 006: Craig Levine, ESL CEO North America

In this edition of The Next Level eSports Guest Podcast, we speak with Craig Levine, CEO of ESL 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 Guest 005: YellOstar, Head of Paris Saint-Germain eSports

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 005 with Bora "Yellostar" Kim -Gaming at 2 years old and playing Starcraft at 8 -Thoughts on Riot moving towards a franchise model -Transition from being an eSports athlete to working on the business side of eSports with Paris St-Germain -Biggest challenge of building eSports at PSG and conversely, what’s been the easiest -Big Brand sponsorship opportunities like Auto, Insurance, Restaurants, etc. -France driving so much momentum in the eSports space -The biggest...

Duration: 00:23:56

TNL eSports Podcast 021: Beyond The Whistle Interview

On TNL eSports Podcast 021: Beyond The Whistle - an interview with Odell McCants we talk about: Outline of this episode [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...

Duration: 00:41:22

TNL eSports Podcast 20: alistdaily eSports Summit Interview

TNL eSports Podcast 020 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 Podcast 019: Fnatic's $7M Funding From Celtics, AS Roma Group

TNL eSports Podcast 019 on SiriusXM Radio with Kevin Knocke: This week we chat about eSports team Fnatic's $7M Funding round from 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? And lots more fun conversation.

Duration: 00:17:58

TNL eSports Podcast 018: Morgan Stanley's Overwatch League Revenue Estimates

TNL eSports Podcast 018 on SiriusXM Radio with Kevin Knocke This week we chat about Morgan Stanley's "interesting" research estimates around Blizzard's Overwatch League ranging from around $100M up to $700M+ (Yes you read that right).

Duration: 00:14:48

TNL eSports Guest 004: Ricky Lumpkin (NFL Athlete, Flipsid3 Tactics)

The Next Level eSports Guest Series 004: Welcome NFL Athlete and Co-Owner of eSports team Flipsid3 Tactics - Ricky Lumpkin We cover: Why he was late for the Podcast, Drake, eSports, why the NFL hasn't jumped in, his favorite games to stream, iRacing and can I beat him in Street Fighter (Yes)

Duration: 00:24:49

TNL eSports Guest 003: Jason Lake (Complexity Gaming)

The Next Level eSports Guest Series 003: Super happy to have on a veteran of the eSports industry - Jason Lake, CEO of Complexity Gaming. We sit down with Jason and cover a wide gamut including: 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? Hope you enjoy the conversation.

Duration: 00:25:07

TNL eSports Podcast 017: Pay Per View and Broadcast Rights

TNL eSports Podcast 017 Pay Per View...No Broadcast Rights Team Expenses vs. Revenue

Duration: 00:05:09

TNL eSports 016: eSports On ESPN, ESL and YouTube, Broadcast TV

eSports On ESPN's Flagship Channel ESL and YouTube Gaming's Exclusive Partnership The Future of eSports On Broadcast TV and Cable

Duration: 00:15:02

TNL eSports Guest 002: Andy Babb (Super League Gaming)

The Next Level eSports Guest Series 002: Andy Babb: EVP, 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

Duration: 00:16:06

TNL eSports 015: Indian eSports, Facebook and Blizzard

New Indian eSports League and the Opportunity Mobile eSports in 2017 Facebook and Blizzard's Exclusive Broadcast Rights Partnership

Duration: 00:15:04

TNL eSports 013: NBA and eSports, Valuations and Twitch Team Sponsorship

Why the NBA is Leading eSports Investment The Increase In League of Legends Spots Twitch and Team Sponsorships

Duration: 00:12:57

TNL eSports 012: 2017 Collegiate Report

2017 Collegiate eSports Report: 15 Colleges Providing $2M+ in eSports Scholarships

Duration: 00:10:02

TNL eSports Guest 001: Andy Miller (NRG/Sacramento Kings)

The Next Level eSports Guest Series 001: Andy Miller: Co-Owner of NRG eSports and the Sacramento Kings Our Chat: Pro Sports Rapid Entrance to eSports Marketing of NRG eSports and Potential with the Kings Golden1 Center's Technology for eSports Geography and eSports What's Needed For Non-Endemic Brands Biosteel and NRG Partnership PEA Riot Games and Relegation

Duration: 00:31:47

TNL eSports 010: Sorry, eSports Viewership Isn't As Big As Baseball or Hockey

No, eSports Viewership is not equal to Baseball or Hockey...Yet. The numbers are getting close but the scale is not even close. However, give it 10 years and let's see what it looks like then. The truth about TV and Digital eSports Viewership numbers and data.

Duration: 00:13:08

TNL eSports 009: Pro Sports and eSports

TNL eSports 009: Pro Sports and eSports by The Next Level

Duration: 00:15:02

TNL eSports 008: Versus Sports Launch

Versus Sports Launch, EA Madden Athlete Signing and E LEAGUE Season 2 Debut

Duration: 00:13:43

TNL eSports 007: Yahoo eSports and ESL

Collusion in eSports, Yahoo eSports and ESL's Partnership and eSports Broadcast Evolution.

Duration: 00:13:23

TNL eSports 006: E LEAGUE Goes Live On Twitter

Twitter's First eSports Live Stream, and E LEAGUE Finals Numbers

Duration: 00:17:04

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