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eSPORTconf Russia 2016 – a milestone event for Russian eSports business

Publication date: 13 dec 2016

eSPORTconf Russia 2016 – a milestone event for Russian eSports business


On December 1, an eSports b2b conference eSPORTconf Russia 2016 was held for the first time in the Russian Federation. This milestone event brought together experienced and beginning eSports entrepreneurs, and boosted the development of many new industry projects.

The conference has shown that Russian businessmen are interested in entering the global eSports market. Also predictions were made regarding the industry development trends in the next year. Experts believe that 2017 will be the most financially successful in the whole eSports history in the CIS region.

Memorable conference moments

14 speakers presented their timely reports at the conference.

The announcement from Anastasiya Babkina about partnership between Mail.Ru and Valve (organizer of the largest world eSports tournament The International) became the main event of the day.

Speakers reviewed the issues related to the organization of successful eSports tournaments, creation of personal eSports teams and interaction between organizers and sponsors (Gamanoid, Elements Pro Gaming, Gamebox). Experts in the sphere of eSports and sports law discussed how the bill on adding eSports to the state registry of sports (Baker & McKenzie, “RosKomSvoboda”) actually influences the industry.

During the conference, experts also covered the issue of importance of sports clubs in the eSports industry (Gambit Games). Heads of successful eSports organizations delivered presentations on brands and models in the eSports industry, as well as investment attractiveness and financial prospects of the industry (UCC, Game Show).

Furthermore, a bookmaker’s block was held as part of eSPORTconf Russia 2016. Professionals shared the latest data on eSports betting and industry forecasts (Bingo-Boom, BetConstruct, Bookmaker Ratings).

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The event was organized by the international event company Smile-Expo. For already 10 years we have been arranging large-scale events dedicated to leading business areas, and have been among the first to promote the implementation of global trends and innovations in the Russian market.  

In 2016, apart from eSPORTconf Russia 2016, we also launched a number of successful projects: INSPACE FORUM, Drone Expo Show, Smart Food & Geek Garden and Ukrainian Vape Week. Many of our events take place annually not only in the RF but also in the CIS and European countries. We recommend getting acquainted with the list of upcoming events in 2017. 

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