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Future Forum: The Future of Esports in L.A.

April 24, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

LAEDC’s panel will discuss the emerging industry of Esports, its opportunities, and impacts on entertainment, and how your organization and L.A.’s gaming industry will change as Esports grows.
Hear from established esports industry executives and discover more about: fan engagement, talent development, brand partnerships, monetization strategies, technology implementation, the ecosystem of professional esport leagues, and more!

The esports industry is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, with the global market expected to exceed one billion dollars in revenue In 2019, and projected to reach 1.79 billion by 2020. Don’t get left behind! Stay informed with a comprehensive deep dive on esports this April.

Registration Fee: $45

$25 for LAEDC Members
$15 for Students

Cancellation and Substitution Policy: cancellations to your registration may be made 7 days prior to the event with a full refund.  After this time, only substitutions may be made for your registration.  All cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing to [email protected].

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 8:30 am-10:30 am

12333 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Keynote Speaker

Naz Aletaha, Head of Esports Partnerships, Riot Games
Naz will provide a macro view of the esports industry in Los Angeles County
As head of Esports Partnerships at Riot Games, Naz Aletaha oversees global sponsorships, strategic partnerships, business development, and media rights for League of Legends Esports, a premier global sport with 13 professional leagues worldwide. After graduating from the University of Southern California, she spent her early career at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Activision Blizzard, before joining Riot Games in 2012.
At Riot, Naz leverages her business expertise and passion for gaming to identify business development opportunities, securing partnerships with the likes of State Farm, Coca-Cola, Dell Alienware, and Mastercard. Naz also helps the League of Legends team shatter numerous industry records, including the latest viewership milestone that saw 99.6 million unique viewers tune-in to watch the 2018 World Championship Finals.

Industry Experts

Rishi Chadha, Head of Gaming Content Partnerships, Twitter
Rishi is going to share insights on distribution of gaming content across a variety of platforms
Rishi leads Gaming Partnerships at Twitter, bringing exceptional content from global gaming leagues, esports franchises, publishers & developers, and gamers to fans in real-time while driving reach and revenue for these strategic partners and Twitter. Prior to joining Twitter in 2017, he spent time at Mobcrush, where he grew the mobile games live streaming platform to over 1 million monthly active users within 30 days of launch. As the vice president of content partnerships at Major League Gaming, he helped launch the company’s live streaming platform, MLG.tv, and led strategic partnerships with top publishers, including Valve, to create programs like the first North American CS:GO major, MLG Columbus. Prior to Major League Gaming, Rishi focused his career on elevating the visibility of the gaming community at notable organizations such as Machinima and Gunnar Optiks. Rishi is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he received a BA in Economics. Follow him on Twitter at @RdotChadha.

David Freitag, Senior Associate, CBRE
David will give a broad view of how esports is shaping real estate and design in Los Angeles housing and venues
David Freitag began his career as an Analyst in CBRE’s global headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles. Just a year later, David was recruited to be a portfolio / transaction manager for one of the top brokerage teams in the company, managing over 20 million square feet for 16 different clients across 40 countries.
As a Senior Associate, based in CBRE’s West Los Angeles office, David specializes in strategic consulting and transaction services for clients on a local and national basis. During his 7-years with the firm, David has completed over $500 million in sale and lease transactions on behalf of his clients.
With a diverse background in engineering, technology, investment and financial analytics, David brings a unique lens to the brokerage business, empowering his clients to make more strategic and proactive real estate decisions. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles where he played Division I Volleyball on the UCLA Men’s Volleyball Team.
Mike Milanov, Chief Operating Officer, Team Liquid
Mike will provide a broad view of the esports industry and how integrated the teams are with social media, branding, sponsorships, etc.
Mike Milanov is the Chief Operating Officer of Team Liquid, based out of the company’s team HQ in Los Angeles. Responsible for overseeing multiple business units of Team Liquid, including partnerships, competitive operations, original content production and new business, he manages a team focused on increasing the team’s footprint within the rapidly growing esports industry. With a diverse work history in video production, influencer management, sales, and online streaming, including a seven-year career as a World of Warcraft pro player, Mike has used his unique knowledge of diverse areas of the esports ecosystem to propel Team Liquid to a leading esports brand. When he’s not on a plane, pitching to sponsors, or meeting with clients, he enjoys streaming as #ThixNation in order to keep in touch with the communities and cultures of the games that he loves.

Panel Moderator

Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, Attorney, Nixon Peabody LLP
Irene is co-leader of Nixon Peabody’s esports industry group. Irene’s passion for esports and gaming has made her an active member and thought leader in the esports and gaming community, presenting at numerous conferences nationwide in addition to penning articles. Irene founded the Los Angeles based “Women in Gaming” think-tank, creating a much-needed leadership and networking platform for women in the esports and gaming industries.
At Nixon Peabody LLP, Irene is a practicing labor and employment attorney representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment matters, including discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour issues, and labor disputes. She advises and represents clients in esports.  Irene also litigates complex commercial disputes involving contracts, breach of fiduciary duty, copyrights and trademarks.


April 24, 2019
8:30 am - 10:30 am
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Riot Games
12333 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA90064United States
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