GEES20’s Hybrid Online/Offline Format Achieves Excellence as IESF Adapts to COVID-19

The two-day Global Esports Executive Summit delivers big on the pressing issues in the Esports world in its 5th annual event.

The two-day Global Esports Executive Summit delivers big on the pressing issues in the Esports world in its 5th annual event.

GEES20 came to a close today in Busan, South Korea, after two days of engaging discussion with some big names in the Esports world. This year’s hybrid online/offline event offered a new set of challenges to IESF as the format adapted to the challenges posed by COVID-19. They say that “necessity is the mother of invention,” and many of the innovations put to use at GEES20 could remain valuable additions to future GEES and IESF events, as many presentations and speeches were given via pre-recorded message, and panelists participated in discussions from around the world via Zoom.

Hosted at the brand new Busan Esports Arena, GEES20 had a great stage and all of the bright lights you would expect at a GEES conference, but there was minimal audience in the venue this year, and questions for the Q&A periods and panels were harvested from the IESF Youtube channel.  We can’t express enough gratitude to all of the viewers for making such a valuable contribution to GEES20. If you weren’t able to watch live, be sure to check out IESF’s Youtube channel for videos of the event in the coming days!

There were four sessions at this 5th annual Global Esports Executive Summit, each with an impressive list of speakers and panelists. Take a look!

Esports and Traditional Sports Convergence Philippe Gueisbuhler , General Director, Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Byoungho Kang , Esports Manager, K LEAGUE Roy Hessing , CEO, Maccabiah, Maccabi World Union Lisa Ghil , Education Manager, Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA) Yong-Chul Yun , CEO, Prime Sports International (PSI) Samart Benjamin Assarasakorn , Chief Executive Secretary, Thailand Esports Federation (TESF)

Diversity Marketing and Esports Keshia Walker, Founder & Chairwoman, Black Collegiate Gaming Association (BCGA) Nalain Naidoo, Head of Business Development, International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS) David Halegua , Experiential & Activations Manager, The Coca-Cola Company Mark “Garvey” Candella, Director of Student and Education Programs, Twitch Niles Heron, Chief Strategy Officer, Loaded Samy Ouerfelli, Head of New Business, Freaks 4U Gaming

Esports in the Time of COVID-19 Ido Brosh, Board Member, Director of Events, International Esports Federation (IESF) Ralf Reichert, Co-CEO, ESL Gaming Remer Rietkerk, Head of Esports, Newzoo Serhat Bekdemir, Founder, Collegiate Esports League (CEL)

New Frontiers in Esports Technology Kim Seongho, Vice President, LG Electronics Olcay Yilmazcoban, Co-founder & CEO, SenpAI.GG Sunghoon Jung, Sports Practice Leader, DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design Saad Khan, Founder & CEO, Gamershub Middle East

IESF extends our sincerest gratitude to our esteemed delegates, and we look forward to working with you all again soon. We know that your contributions will inspire a better world for the future of Esports. We want to thank everyone who participated from the production team to our viewers online. GEES20 was awesome! We can’t wait to do it again next year!


Since 2015, GEES has gathered key Esports stakeholders from around the globe to create an environment for discussion, education, and action towards Esports development through conferences, exhibitions, academic lectures, and networking events.

GEES20 is supported by the City of Busan and the Busan IT Promotion Agency.

Originally published on: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:01:24 +0000