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Esports: Just a Fad or the Future of Sports?

With Adidas, Visa, Lionsgate, The Miami Heat, and Audi all joining the Esports ecosystem as sponsors in January alone, it appears that Esports has achieved mainstream status. From millions of fans tuning into live streams each day, to selling out events at stadiums like LANXESS Arena and Barclays Center, Esports is no longer seen as just a hobby for teenage boys, but a thriving aspect of the global entertainment industry. But will it last?

For the third installment of the TEO Esports Exchange, in cooperation with Factory and Lagardère Sports, we will host a moderated fireside talk at Factory Berlin focusing on the future of the industry. Our guests include representatives from Esport Team, Fnatic; a traditional sports marketing agency dipping its toes into the industry, Lagardère; and a global gaming agency, Freaks 4U Gaming.


Wouter Sleijffers
CEO at Fnatic

Fnatic is one of world’s largest and most successful Esports organizations. Wouter joined Fnatic in 2015 and is taking the Fnatic brand to the next level with his vast leadership and marketing experience. In his previous position, Wouter played a crucial part in the success of Skrill (former Moneybookers) as the VP Marketing and now is making great strides in the evergrowing Esport scene. Wouter is an executive board member of WESA among other advisory board supporting Esports.

André Fläckel
Manager Digital Sponsorships at Lagardère Sports

Lagardère Sports and Entertainment is a fully integrated, global sports marketing and entertainment agency offering a full spectrum of consulting services to give clients privileged access to wealth of business opportunities. André conducted several successful marketing campaigns for brands like Continental, Paypal and Deutsche Telekom – in close cooperation with Bundesliga Clubs (e.g. Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburger SV). Lately, André developed Lagardère Sports Esports Strategy, and will turn this strategy into reality.

Henrik Ruhe
Senior Influencer Marketing and Artist Manager at Freaks4U Gaming

After being Freaks 4U Gaming’s Project Lead of Summoner’s Inn, Riot’s coverage partner for Germany, Hendrik is now in lead of the Influencer Campaign & Artist Management department, helping YouTubers, streamers, hosts and commentators with his five years of industry experience to further develop themselves as brands and evolve within the growing gaming and Esports industry.


6:30 – 7:00 pm: Doors open

7:00 – 7:45 pm: Moderated talk

7:45 – 8:00 pm: Open Q&A

8:00 – 10:00 pm: Networking

First drinks are on Lagardère Sports, so make sure to arrive on time!



February 21, 2017

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Rheinsberger Straße 76/77


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