On 28th May 2020, the Lagos eSports Forum organized an educative eSports virtual conference dubbed “The eSports Conversation”. The event was meant to unlock the eSports market and understand trends, challenges and opportunities while learning from seasoned speakers and key players in the eSports ecosystem.
The inaugural event of the eSports conversation was very much accepted by eSports stakeholders in Nigeria and that has compelled the Lagos eSports forum to organize a sequel event. But this time, the focus is not on just the Nigerian eSports industry. It’s on a global scale and hence the name: The eSports Conversation (Global edition).
The Global edition of the eSports conversation will have a host of renowned speakers sharing their thoughts on the growth of the eSports industry in Africa.
The guest speakers for the event are from top companies such as PARMARS, a Sports, Law and Business Consultancy firm with offices in UK and Spain and INGENIUM COMMUNICATIONS, a 360 degrees Marketing Communications with clientele across Banking, FMCG, Home Appliances and beverage industries.
What to expect from the Global edition of the eSports Conversation
Ahead of the event which comes off today at 4 pm West African Time, we caught up with Sayo Owolabi who is the founder of Lagos eSports forum and the host for the Global edition of the eSports Conversation on what participants should expect.
He, first of all, shared with us the motivation behind the sequel edition and the feedback received from the inaugural edition.
On the feedback, Sayo told eSports360s.com: “I once said in an interview that we (Lagos eSports Forum) are the X-Factor in the eSports ecosystem in Lagos State (and Nigeria) and that role we have played to the best of our capacity.
“So the feedback from the eSports has been positive and they always anticipate our offerings which are usually unprecedented.”
Asked why there was the need to organize the sequel edition he replied: “The need to keep the conversation going which in turn has awakened more interests in eSports.
“There’s also the part of our Development Partner PARMARS (who have offices in UK and Spain) going all out to help secure the Speakers from various parts of the World after they saw our Commitment to the maiden edition of The eSports Conversation.”
The Global edition of the eSports conversation will once again be held via Zoom on the topic, “Preparing Africa for the new wave” and will be available for only registered participants.
According to Sayo, participants will have an eye-opening conference as the guest speakers will be sharing perspectives on the eSports industry in Africa and its potential growth.
“As it’s been tagged the Global Edition and with the diverse Experience the Speakers/Panelists are bringing into this, we expect that this event will open the eyes of participants to the untapped areas of eSports in Africa while also giving an avenue to network and gain access to eSports practitioners from other climes”, he indicated.
“All in all we hope to have achieved one of the 3 Es of our objectives – EDUCATION. With Education, it will be easier to make people see the value proposition of eSports.”
About the Global edition of the eSports Conversation
The Global edition of the eSports Conversation is a sequel event to the inaugural eSports conversation which was held on 28th May 2020 by the Lagos eSports Forum.
While the inaugural edition focused on the eSports industry in Lagos, Nigeria, the global edition as the name suggest goes beyond the territories of Nigeria.
The event is being organized by the Lagos eSports Forum which has a group of dedicated individuals with an objective of growing eSports value in Lagos State and by extension Nigeria. The Lagos eSports Forum is receiving support from partners such as PARMARS, a Sports, Law and Business Consultancy firm with offices in the UK and Spain, and INGENIUM COMMUNICATIONS a 360 degrees Marketing Communications.
Guest speakers are Dev Kumar Parmar who is the Principal Director of PARMARS (England), Sarah Ochwada – Founder of SNOLEGAL (Kenya), David Santivanez – Founder and CEO of Game Metron (Mexico), and Peter Rippel-Szabo – Senior Associate of Bird and Bird (Hungary).
The growth of Nigeria’s eSports industry
The inaugural edition of the eSports conversation and the global edition adds to the list of events and happenings that are placing the Nigerian eSports in the limelight, with the chief of it being the government’s acceptance of eSports as a national sport.
The government’s decision was announced by Mr Sunday Akin Dare, the Honourable Minister (Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development) during a webinar last month.
Honorable minister, Mr Sunday Akin Dare indicated: “We must also begin to look at how we categorize presence and non-presence sports and explore how we can deepen interest in sports that lend themselves to e (electronic) participation, particularly the eSports and gaming sector.” Others on the list are: