Press release:
Only a few weeks stand before XLIVE brings its highly-curated Esports Summit to New York City this August 22-23. Just ahead of this summer’s hottest summit for professional sports team owners, Esports athletes, tournament organizers, and anyone within the booming Esports industry, XLIVE is rolling out new activations and adding on more speakers to this year’s bill, including the first-ever CEO Throwdown.

Taking place in the hub of the XLIVE Esports Summit, the inaugural XLIVE CEO Throwdown will pit high-ranking Esports execs against each other to showcase their skills, passion for gaming and thirst for competition, to benefit a charity of their choice. Pulling out all the stops, XLIVE is bringing a surprise, all-star Esports personality to hype the crowd and competitors alike, broadcasting the contest live on the summit floor. The winning team will receive well deserved bragging-rights and a generous donation, which will be made on their behalf to the charity they competed for.

Who will win the CEO Throwdown? The potential winner could come from one of many of the globally recognized companies in attendance at this year’s event which total upwards 250+. Previously announcing the additions of heavy-hitters from companies such as ESL, Buffalo Wild Wings, Twitch, and the NFL to engage attendees, XLIVE has now further unveiled a second round of speakers and panelists repping FIFA, ESPN, the Big Ten Network, and Superfly just to name a few!

XLIVE will offer Esports insiders the opportunity to engage with top-level experts on the exhibition floor and during scheduled panels and intimate fireside chats. A new addition to this year’s stacked program, the directors of XLIVE welcome SVP and General Manager for EA’s Competitive Gaming Division Todd Sitrin to take part in a fireside chat alongside Christopher Halpin, Chief Strategy Officer & SVP — Consumer Products of the NFL. Attendees can look forward to panels featuring the following highlighted speakers, moderators and panelists below, plus many more TBA:

• Colin Johnson – Head of FIFA and AS Roma
• Brian Mirakian – Principal at Populous
• Arda Ocal – Host at ESPN
• Erin Harvego – Vice President for the Big Ten Network
• Heather Garozzo – Director of Fan Engagement at Team Dignitas
• David Highill – NFL Director of Strategy and Business Development, Consumer Products
• Yvette Martinez-Rea – Chief Operating Officer at ESL / Turtle Entertainment America
• PJ Loughran – Executive Creative Director & EVP Strategy for Superfly
• Matt Saunders – President at Ryerson Futures and Zone Startups
• Stephanie Llamas – Vice President Research and Strategy, Head of Immersive at Technology Insights and Superdata Research
XLIVE’s Esports Summit makes its mark on New York City this August 22-23, 2017: Don’t miss your opportunity to learn more about the fast-rising industry of Esports — Register here.

XLIVE Esports Summit 2017 Presenting Sponsors include: Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Thuzi and Fish Technologies. Presenting sponsor LVCVA looks ahead to the impact XLIVE will continue to have as the Esports industry expands: “Las Vegas is excited to partner with XLIVE for the eSports Summit,” said Lisa Motley, Director of Sports Marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, “Our resort partners and our destination are making continued investments in eSports and the gaming industry as a whole so it was only natural for us to partner in this effort. We look forward to hosting XLIVE 2017 in December and showcasing our destination to the industry.”

For the current XLIVE Esports Summit 2017 Agenda and to stay on top of new additions to this year’s summit, visit the XLIVE Website. Stay tuned for more info on XLIVE’s highly anticipated annual industry conference taking place in Las Vegas this December 10-13, 2017!

About XLIVE:
With plans for XLIVE 2017 to return to Las Vegas December 10-13, 2017, multi-faceted organization XLIVE will continue to revolutionize the way live event and festival organizations share expertise, learn, and most paramount, envision the future of the industry. XLIVE convenes with leading experts at the intersection of music, film, culinary, beverage, Esports, technology and the experiences that culminate at festivals and live events. Reflecting the passion of the vibrant festival community, XLIVE serves as a catalyst for curating unique, memorable and life-changing experiences within the growing, dynamic and influential world of festivals. Following a successful Data & Analytics Summit in Los Angeles early this spring, XLIVE continues into 2017 with its Esports Summit in New York City this August 22-24.

XLIVE 2017: Esports Summit – Featured Speakers:
Turner Sports Vice Presidents & General Manager Christina Alejandre | ESL/Turtle Entertainment CEO Craig Levine | FaceBook’s Head of Esports Patrick Chapman | Philadelphia 76ers Vice President of Strategy Akshay Khanna | Barclays Center Vice President of Programming Keith Sheldon | Buffalo Wild WIngs Sports & Competition Manager Mike Tubman | TNL Media & Versus Sports Founder & CEO Manny Anekal | Ultimate Media Ventures Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer Nate Eckhman | Denial Esports CEO Robby Ringnalda| Events DC Chairman-Board of Directors Max Brown | Evolved Talent Agency Co-Founder & CEO Ryan Morrison| Dot Esports Managing Editor Saira Mueller | Tempo Storm Founder Andrey Yanyuk | Delaware North Chief Marketing Officer Todd Merry | Twitch Director-Global Esports Sponsorship Nathan Lindberg | Denial Esports CEO Robby Ringnalda | Esports Evangelist Andy Swanson | Evolved Talent Agency Co-Founder & CEO Ryan Morrison | Events DC Chairman-Board of Directors Max Brown | Player 2 Player Studios Partner John Pierce | Tempo Storm Chief Business Development Officer Robert Del Papa | Populous Principal Brian Mirakian | Monumental Sports & Entertainment Director- Strategy & Research Alex Kerr | Catalyst Sports & Media EVP Avi Bhuiyan | Attaq Online President Alan Hubbard | Cineplex Events Director – Gaming & Esports Matt Devuono | Qwatti Esports Agency Co-founders & Executive Director Pedro Honorio Da Silva | WorldGaming VP COllege Network & Business Development Neil Duffy | Robert Morris University Executive Director- Esports Kurt Melcher | Maestro Ceo Ari Evans | Player 2 Player Studios Partner Dan Chui | Dot Esports Managing Editor Saira Mueller | Esports Insider Editor Sam Cooke | Edelman Lead Esports Strategist Kyle Stallock | Twog Nation Ceo Sebastian Lager | Woodside Capital Partners Managing Director Steven Wade | Gamer Sensei Co-Founder William Collis | DR1 Racing Founder Brad Foxhoven | Rotowire Staff Writer – Esports Brandon Martin | Meta Consulting Co-Founder Shashi Singh | EsportsPedia Ceo Matt Gunnin | Gamer Gauntlet Founder & CEO Curtis Smith | NFL Director of Strategy and Business Development David Highhill

XLIVE 2017: eSport Summit – Sponsors:
Thuzi, Presenting Sponsor | Connect&Go | Backstage Networks | Experient | ShowClix | TicketGuardian | Ultimate Media Ventures | TNL Media | Esports Insider | Esports Observer | Dot Esports | Events for Gamers |

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