The Innovation Firm

When

November 6, 2018
5:30 - 9:00 PM

Where

MIT Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

The eSports Technology Revolution

Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds is teaming up with MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge on November 6, 2018 for an exciting panel discussion on the eSports Technology Revolution. Register for this event and learn from a panel of entrepreneurs, innovators, and a patent attorney in the eSports technology community as they look into the future of eSports.

Professional competitive gaming, also known as eSports, is the newest and most exciting frontier of innovation, as it embraces technological advances in broadcasting, content distribution and blockchain technologies.  eSports are professional video gaming events that attract massive real-world audiences with major tournaments selling out at top-tier venues.  The League of Legends World Championship in 2016, for example, was held at a sold-out venue in Los Angeles, while broadcast to 43 million viewers. These eSports tournaments draw massive in-person and online viewership which creates endless market expansion opportunities for gameplay, viewer interaction and electronic asset monetization.

Whether the eSports expansion opportunities are patenting the technology, tournament awards, gameplay, merchandise sales, sponsorship, or even skin trading, the advent of blockchain technologies has contributed to the eSports technological revolution.  The fusion of eSports with emerging blockchain technologies allows for unprecedented access to the management of electronic assets and the monetization of eSports.

Take a deep dive with our panel of experts into the technological and patenting revolution driven by eSports.
 

Event Schedule

Registration & Networking: 5:30 PM
Program: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Cocktails & Light Refreshments: 8:00 - 9:00 PM


Click here to register!

Speakers

Giovanna Fessenden, Of Counsel, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Giovanna’s practice focuses in all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on eSports technology, open source software compliance, software related agreements, and patents relating to the following: blockchain technology, search engines / ad serving systems, video compression / codecs, trusted computing and encryption, cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges, digital currency, analytics systems, router firmware, OVS technologies, video on demand (VOD) systems, VoIP and video conferencing systems, social media software, database and storage systems, recommendation systems, integrated development environments (IDEs), compilers and interpreters, iPhone™, Android™ and tablet applications, CT imaging technologies, wearable computing technologies, and semi-conductor manufacturing systems.

Jake Fyfe, General Manager, Echo Fox
Jake Fyfe is the General Manager for the eSports organization Echo Fox. He isa lifelong competitive gamer who has seen the eSports industry grow from a grassroots hobby into the sport it is today. He began his professional career managing influencers and creating brands when Twitch was in its infancy. He founded Gravity, a pro League of Legends team, which was acquired by Rick Fox to become Echo Fox in late 2015. Jake was a core piece in building Echo Fox into the premier eSports organization it is today: a dominant force boasting over 40 players across multiple genres and gaming platforms.
 

Hannes Kranich, eSports Manager, DraftKings
As manager of DraftKings’ eSports vertical, Hannes is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s eSports games strategy, managing contest salaries and statistical data. Hannes’ experience spans over 15 years, with his expertise in statistical data provider and analysis for the games. As the former founder of one of the first eSports teams in his native Estonia, Hannes has worked for a range of eSports companies and eventually started his own, LOLstats.gg, a live statistics company for League of Legends in 2013. DraftKings acquired LOLstats.gg in 2015 and brought on Hannes to help lead this vertical then, too.

Khalid Jones, Managing Partner, Source Rock Partners, LLP
Khalid Jones is the Managing Partner at Source Rock Partners, a private asset and leadership firm where he oversees the Company’s investments in real-estate, entertainment and sports.  For the last several years Khalid has brokered deals for the firm with Fortune 500 companies, multi-national hospitality groups and various colleges and universities.

Jones is also the co-founder of Echo Fox one of the world’s preeminent eSports organizations, recruiting, developing and celebrating some of the world’s best professional eSports athletes.  Since its inception in December 2015 with, among others, three-time NBA champion Rick Fox, the organization has grown to over 40 athletes across a dozen eSports including League of Legends League Championship Series, Call of Duty World League, Street fighter V and others.  Khalid was responsible for negotiating all the initial player contracts and sponsorship deals for the organization.

 

Overview

When

November 6, 2018
5:30 - 9:00 PM

Where

MIT Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds is teaming up with MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge on November 6, 2018 for an exciting panel discussion on the eSports Technology Revolution. Register for this event and learn from a panel of entrepreneurs, innovators, and a patent attorney in the eSports technology community as they look into the future of eSports.

Professional competitive gaming, also known as eSports, is the newest and most exciting frontier of innovation, as it embraces technological advances in broadcasting, content distribution and blockchain technologies.  eSports are professional video gaming events that attract massive real-world audiences with major tournaments selling out at top-tier venues.  The League of Legends World Championship in 2016, for example, was held at a sold-out venue in Los Angeles, while broadcast to 43 million viewers. These eSports tournaments draw massive in-person and online viewership which creates endless market expansion opportunities for gameplay, viewer interaction and electronic asset monetization.

Whether the eSports expansion opportunities are patenting the technology, tournament awards, gameplay, merchandise sales, sponsorship, or even skin trading, the advent of blockchain technologies has contributed to the eSports technological revolution.  The fusion of eSports with emerging blockchain technologies allows for unprecedented access to the management of electronic assets and the monetization of eSports.

Take a deep dive with our panel of experts into the technological and patenting revolution driven by eSports.
 

Event Schedule

Registration & Networking: 5:30 PM
Program: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Cocktails & Light Refreshments: 8:00 - 9:00 PM


Click here to register!

Speakers

Giovanna Fessenden, Of Counsel, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Giovanna’s practice focuses in all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on eSports technology, open source software compliance, software related agreements, and patents relating to the following: blockchain technology, search engines / ad serving systems, video compression / codecs, trusted computing and encryption, cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges, digital currency, analytics systems, router firmware, OVS technologies, video on demand (VOD) systems, VoIP and video conferencing systems, social media software, database and storage systems, recommendation systems, integrated development environments (IDEs), compilers and interpreters, iPhone™, Android™ and tablet applications, CT imaging technologies, wearable computing technologies, and semi-conductor manufacturing systems.

Jake Fyfe, General Manager, Echo Fox
Jake Fyfe is the General Manager for the eSports organization Echo Fox. He isa lifelong competitive gamer who has seen the eSports industry grow from a grassroots hobby into the sport it is today. He began his professional career managing influencers and creating brands when Twitch was in its infancy. He founded Gravity, a pro League of Legends team, which was acquired by Rick Fox to become Echo Fox in late 2015. Jake was a core piece in building Echo Fox into the premier eSports organization it is today: a dominant force boasting over 40 players across multiple genres and gaming platforms.
 

Hannes Kranich, eSports Manager, DraftKings
As manager of DraftKings’ eSports vertical, Hannes is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s eSports games strategy, managing contest salaries and statistical data. Hannes’ experience spans over 15 years, with his expertise in statistical data provider and analysis for the games. As the former founder of one of the first eSports teams in his native Estonia, Hannes has worked for a range of eSports companies and eventually started his own, LOLstats.gg, a live statistics company for League of Legends in 2013. DraftKings acquired LOLstats.gg in 2015 and brought on Hannes to help lead this vertical then, too.

Khalid Jones, Managing Partner, Source Rock Partners, LLP
Khalid Jones is the Managing Partner at Source Rock Partners, a private asset and leadership firm where he oversees the Company’s investments in real-estate, entertainment and sports.  For the last several years Khalid has brokered deals for the firm with Fortune 500 companies, multi-national hospitality groups and various colleges and universities.

Jones is also the co-founder of Echo Fox one of the world’s preeminent eSports organizations, recruiting, developing and celebrating some of the world’s best professional eSports athletes.  Since its inception in December 2015 with, among others, three-time NBA champion Rick Fox, the organization has grown to over 40 athletes across a dozen eSports including League of Legends League Championship Series, Call of Duty World League, Street fighter V and others.  Khalid was responsible for negotiating all the initial player contracts and sponsorship deals for the organization.

 

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