eSports and the Future of Sport


The University of Salford Digital Cluster in collaboration with the Centre for Sports Business and World Gaming Executives hosted a one-day symposium on the 2nd November 2016 at the University of Salford at MediaCityUK on eSports and the Future of Sport.

This event included talks by leading academics in the field, and those working in the management and provision of eSports. This explored the rapidly developing business of eSports, and considered its relationship and synergies with the changing nature of more traditional sports.

The event was free and open to anyone interested eSports, the business of digital gaming, digital media, or the changing nature of professional sports.

Hashtag: #eSportsUoS16

Links to videos taken at the event are now available below:


930-1030: Registration, and welcome coffee

1030-1045: Welcome (Chris Brady, Centre for Sports Business, University of Salford)

Welcome and Introduction to the day by Garry Crawford (Digital Cluster, Univeristy of Salford)

1045-1200: Session 1: The Future of Sport?

  • Andy Miah (University of Salford)

  • Trevor Keane (Celtic eSports League)

1200-100: Keynote 1: The Development of eSports

  • Chester King (CEO International eGames Group)

100-200: Lunch /FIFA'17 contest

200-300: Session 2: Regulating eSports

  • Christopher Paget (Sheridans, Media Law)

  • Dr Mark Johnson (York Digital Hub) & Dr Jamie Woodcock (LSE)

300-330 Coffee

330-430: Keynote 2: Panel on The Opportunities of eSports

  • Garry Crawford (Univerity of Salford), Dominic Sacco (British eSports Association), Carleigh Morgan (King’s College London), Malph Minns (Strive Sponsorship), Josh Williams (NUEL)

5: Drinks Reception



For more information contact: Professor Garry Crawford: g.crawford@salford.ac.uk.