Gaming IQ Announces Wargaming, Bigpoint and Slightly Mad Studios to Speak at First eSports Industry-Focused Forum

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Gaming IQ announced today the eSports Industry Forum, April 27-28th 2016 in London.

Gaming IQ presents eSports Industry Forum

I love the different approach that this event has taken. They’ve really focused on the issues that we’re facing as developers, and having 3 tracks means the whole team can get involved.

eSports is arguably the fastest growing sector in media today, calued this year at $747 million and predicted to grow to $1.9B by 2018*. Many developers and publishers are now looking at how they can also get involved, while those with existing eSports titles constantly search for new ways to stay engaging at the forefront.

Gaming IQ announced today the [eSports Industry Forum, April 27-28th 2016 in London. This new, unique forum will put the game creators first and offers an opportunity to network, collaborate and learn from each other, while simultaneously connecting them with key stakeholders from the wider eSports ecosystem. This novel approach has already attracted speakers and leaders from developers Wargaming, Bigpoint and Slightly Mad Studios, organisations like the ESL and broadcast media such as emerging streaming platform Hitbox and Swedish TV station SVT.

“Unlike other eSports events, or talks at the larger trade shows, by focusing the programme on the challenges that developers and publishers are facing – both those already involved in eSports and those looking to get started – we can go into far greater detail than normal”, commented Gaming IQ founder Arran Oakes. “When you’re trying to appeal to everyone, you end up just scratching the surface of a very broad area. By concentrating on the people actually creating eSports games, we can dig deep into really specific challenges. We think this will offer participants real, tangible value they can take back to their respective companies, along with lots of new contacts!”

Speaking at the event is Harry Wiggett, Associate eSports Manager for German developer Bigpoint and former member of team Fnatic.

“I love the different approach that this event has taken. They’ve really focused on the issues that we’re facing as developers, and having 3 tracks means the whole team can get involved – both our lead designer and community manager will also be leading discussions at the event. In my speech, I'll be aiming to share my experiences from both sides – eSports team and developer aiming to enter the scene. I was lucky enough to be involved in the initial huge uproar of League of Legends and it's competitive scene with Fnatic. Now working for Bigpoint I am able to see things from a different light and can bring a new perspective to my colleagues in eSports”.

The eSports Industry Forum will take place on April 27-28th 2016 in London, UK. It features a blend of talks, panels and discussions, with confirmed leadership from Wargaming.net, Bigpoint, Slightly Mad Studios, ESL, Hitbox, SVT, TRICKED eSports, Gfinity and many more. Find the full programme, speaker list and registration form at [http://www.esportsindustryforum.com, call +44 (0) 207 036 1300 or email enquire[at]iqpc[dot]co[dot]uk

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