IESF Announces Full Roster of Speakers for GEES21

An exciting lineup of speakers from the World Esports Family are set for both days of the Global Esports Executive Summit.

There is just one week to go until IESF’s 6th annual Global Esports Executive Summit (GEES21) gets underway. IESF and its partners continue to make final preparations for what promises to be another enlightening hybrid event, taking place online and streaming live around the world from the Busan Esports Arena on August 31st and September 1st. 

Following the last announcement of prominent speakers for the first day of the Summit, IESF is pleased to release the full roster of expert guest speakers, presenters, and panelists that will contribute to the event’s second day of Esports programing.

Day two of GEES21 will include a brand new addition to the Summit – the World Esports Awards, which will take place on September 1st at 16:00 KST. This exciting new inclusion will present awards for Game of the Year, Team of the Year, Athlete of the Year and Organizer of the Year . The inaugural World Esports Awards will recognize and celebrate the best of the best in international Esports.

The second day of programing will also include two (2) sessions titled “Integrating Esports into Education ” and “Understanding the Esports Technological Landscape. ”

Agenda 1: Integrating Esports into Education

GEES21 aims to advance the integration of Esports into global education systems. Games-based learning continues to gain momentum as a medium for students to learn content, and for the development of critical 21st century skills, including collaboration with team members and analytical problem solving. 

This session will include two panel discussions. The first panel discussion is called A Holistic Look at Esports Research, and the second is titled Good Practices in Esports Education Programs .

IESF is excited to welcome the following esteemed contributors to GEES21:

Panel Discussion – A Holistic Look at Esports Research

Moderator: Nesligül Deniz Kolaşinli , Founder and Researcher, Ludos Co., IESF EDU, WIGJ

PanelistsTobias Scholz , Assistant Professor, University of Siegen David P. Hedlund, Ph.D. , Professor, Author, Researcher and Entrepreneur, St. John’s University and Hedlund-Chuang Consulting Group, LLC Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari , Lead Researcher, Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE) at the University of Bergen Dr. BerNadette Lawson-Williams , Full Professor of Sport Management/Founder/Advisor, Esports & Gaming Trifecta, the first at an HBCU, Johnson C. Smith University

Panel Discussion – Good Practices in Esports Education Programs

Moderator: Saygın Kolaşinli , Partnerships Manager, Gamelevate

PanelistsJohn L. Cash, Jr ., Managing Director and Professor, Johnson C. Smith University, Cxmmunity, and The Narmer Group LLC Richard Withers , Esports Development Manager, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) Serhat Bekdemir , Commissioner, IESF EDU Melissa Burns , Founder/President, Esport Canada

Agenda 2 : Understanding the Esports Technological Landscape

GEES21 promotes analysis and discussion around the various technologies that contribute to the evolution of the Esports ecosystem.  This includes the exploration of new Esports applications, and evaluating real and potential advances in Esports technology. 

This session will feature a keynote address titled “New Esports Technologies ” and a panel discussion titled “New Frontiers in Esports Technology .”

Keynote Speech – New Esports Technologies

Keynote Address: Byungjoo Lee , Department of Computer Science Professor, Yonsei University

Panel Discussion – New Frontiers in Esports Technology

Moderator: Adveta Dwivedi , Head of Growth, Gamers Hub Middle East

Panelists Lance Mudd , Director of International Expansion, eFuse Daniel Sieradzan , CEO, StreamCards Miquel Matthys , CEO, 3D Aim Trainer Anders Blume , Creative Director, Skybox Erik Lydecker Founder/CEO, Pluck GG

The full list of speakers can be found at .

IESF extends its sincere gratitude to all of its partners, speakers and participants, and looks forward to warmly welcoming the World Esports Family at GEES21!

About Global Esports Executive Summit (GEES)

GEES21 is set to take place live on August 31st and September 1st at the Busan Esports Arena in Busan, South Korea, and around the world with the hybrid offline/online format. The theme for this year’s summit is “Evolving and Adapting” , and after the success of last year’s event (also hybrid), participants from IESF’s over 100 member federations are eager to get to work discussing the most pressing Esports issues, and planning for the future of the booming industry.

There are five (5) core areas planned for the two-day event. 

Fostering Growing Relationships The Next Level of Esports Diversity and Inclusion in Esports Integrating Esports into Education Understanding the Esports Landscape

Since 2015, GEES has gathered key Esports and sports 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.

If you would like to participate in GEES21, either live or as an online delegate, you can register for free at

GEES21 is supported by Busan Metropolitan City, the Korean Ministry of Sports and Tourism, and the Busan IT Promotion Agency. 

About the International Esports Federation  IESF is the unifying body for World Esports. Founded in 2008 by nine-member nations, IESF is currently composed of over 100 Member Federations across five continents. IESF brings together all Esports stakeholders to achieve a united ecosystem for the development of sustainable and responsible gaming worldwide. The IESF Esports World Championship is the biggest multi-sport spectacle of Esports in the world. IESF also organizes the annual Global Esports Executive Summit in order to support the highest standard of Esports governance worldwide.

Originally published on: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 13:34:42 +0000