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EsportsNext is the ultimate business-to-business esports conference designed to help you develop valuable connections and navigate our global industry.

  • Join industry luminaries and experts to discuss the latest trends and developments in esports, from player behavior and fan engagement to the role of traditional sports teams and media companies.

  • Connect with potential partners, investors, and clients in the buzzing networking sessions and exhibitor hall, where companies showcase cutting-edge products and services.

  • Learn from the best and brightest minds in esports during hands-on workshops and interactive sessions that cover topics ranging from marketing and branding to event production and game design.

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Captivating Keynotes

Get ready to be inspired and enlightened by an incredible lineup of speakers at EsportsNext! These industry trailblazers will share their game-changing insights, expert knowledge, and captivating stories. From esports legends to business mavens, our speakers will take the stage to fuel your passion and expand your horizons.

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Insights, Interviews, and More

Check out the official EsportsNext podcast hosted by the board chair, John Davidson. Tune in as industry experts discuss the latest trends, innovations, and strategies in the esports world. Want to be featured on the show? Schedule your interview today and become a part of the conversation. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your knowledge and insights with our audience.

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Everything You Need To Know


The EsportsNext two-day two-day annual business-to-business conference agenda is designed to give you optimal opportunities to network, learn from leaders in the industry, and be inspired by thought-proving keynotes. Whether you're a seasoned esports veteran or new to the scene, EsportsNext has something to offer for everyone looking to take their business to the next level.


Elevator Pitch Open Mic Competition

Do you have an innovative idea, product, service, or social enterprise solution? Do you believe it could be the basis for a successful new start-up in the esports community? Then the ESTA Elevator Pitch is the perfect opportunity to submit your idea for the chance to present it to a crowd of industry professionals. Members and Conference Attendees are welcome to sign up for the Open Mic Elevator Pitch.

Speed Networking

We believe that connecting with the right people can be the key to success in the fast-paced and rapidly growing esports industry. During the Speed Networking session, you have a unique opportunity to meet and connect with other industry professionals. With a clear understanding of what each attendee is looking for, you can immediately make valuable connections and start building relationships that will help drive your business forward. Join us for Speed Networking and see the difference that the right connections can make.

Exhibition Hall

Welcome to our Exhibition Hall, where we bring together a carefully curated selection of top Chicago brands and global esports companies under one roof. Here, you can explore a diverse and extensive list of exhibitors that showcase the latest products, innovations, and initiatives in the industry. Whether you're looking to expand your network, discover new opportunities, or simply stay up-to-date with the latest trends, our Exhibition Hall is the perfect place to do so. Join us and discover the future of esports in Chicago and beyond.

Industry Stats Unveiled

the Current state of esports

Financial growth in esports comes from media rights, ticket sales, merchandise, and partnerships with sponsors looking to tap reach the desirable Millennial and Gen Z audiences. Maximizing return for partners and developing new revenue streams is crucial for stable, long-term growth.



As founder of a company in the esports and video game industry, I can truly say that it was an honor to participate in the Elevator Pitch contest and a thrill for the*gameHERs to win. As a result of this experience, I was able to meet a lot of key people in the industry who have directly contributed to the growth of our business.

Rebecca Dixon

Co-founder and CEO, the*gameHERs

My membership in Esports Trade Association has been an invaluable part of my professional life connecting me with all aspects of the esports industry both domestically and internationally, as well as keeping me informed of major research and providing new educational opportunities. I just could not do my job without being a member of the Esports Trade Association!

John Davidson

Founder & CEO, Davidson Learning Company (DLC)

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