TNL eSports Guest Podcast 006: Craig Levine, ESL CEO North America

TNL ESPORTS GUEST PODCAST 006: CRAIG LEVINE, ESL CEO NORTH AMERICA

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 006: Craig Levine, ESL CEO North America (Graphic: The Next Level)

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 006: Craig Levine, ESL CEO North America (Graphic: The Next Level)

TNL Take: On this edition of The Next Level eSports Guest Podcast series is one of the few people in the space that have been involved for close to two decades, Craig Levine - CEO of ESL North America.

Our fun chat covers:

-Our unique texting magic prior to his flying

-What eSports was like 10+ years ago

-Is the eSports "hype" helping or hurting the space

-The "sweet" spot for eSports event arena and capacity

-ESL's many platform distribution deals

-The platform wars and exclusivity

-Yahoo eSports and the eSports Media's future

-ESL's recent DisneyXD partnership and the need for shoulder eSports content

-ESL and Intel's massive new deal

-ESL's Future

-The most important question: Craig vs. Me on stage at the next panel: 1v1 - What's the game and what's the bet?

Hope you enjoy the conversation!

 

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The Next The Next Level

THE NEXT THE NEXT LEVEL

The Next Level (Graphic: Jordan Fragen)

The Next Level (Graphic: Jordan Fragen)

Last week was issue #201 of the The Next Level daily newsletter

What started as a late night random Medium post 13 months has turned into eSports business news with distribution across a variety of media.

Sorry for the awful pun but it's time to take The Next Level to the next level.

There won't be a Corporate Manifesto and will roll out slowly to avoid the usual copycats but I can say what it won't be:

  • The Next Level will not copy and paste press releases
  • The Next Level will not chase page views
  • The Next Level will not be littered with awful ads
  • The Next Level will not provide #HotTakes
  • The Next Level will not stray from showing the reality

 

As always, this would not be possible without you.  Thank you for the support and feedback. 

-Manny Anekal

TNL eSports Podcast 020: alistdaily eSports Summit Interview

TNL ESPORTS 020: ALISTDAILY ESPORTS SUMMIT INTERVIEW

TNL eSports Podcast 020: alistdaily eSports Summit Interview (Photo: alistdaily)

TNL eSports Podcast 020: alistdaily eSports Summit Interview (Photo: alistdaily)

TNL Take: In TNL eSports Podcast 020, I speak with Manouk Akopyan from [a]listdaily during their [a]listsummit In LA which focused completely on eSports.

We chat about:

  • My 13 year background in Gaming and eSports
  • The opportunities in eSports today and tomorrow
  • Why Brands are investing in eSports
  • Brand recommendations  on how to invest
  • eSports Hidden Audience: Young Women
  • The Brand I would love to see invest: Dove
  • The 1 Thing that Brands are doing wrong
  • The bifurcation of eSports across Media: Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook...and everyone else
  • The Collegiate eSports Opportunity
  • What I fear most about eSports investment

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TNL eSports Guest Podcast 004: NFL Athlete, eSports Co-Owner Ricky Lumpkin

TNL ESPORTS GUEST PODCAST 004:

NFL ATHLETE, ESPORTS CO-OWNER RICKY LUMPKIN 

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 004: NFL Athlete, eSports Co-Owner Ricky Lumpkin

TNL eSports Guest Podcast 004: NFL Athlete, eSports Co-Owner Ricky Lumpkin

TNL Take: The entrance of Pro Sports into eSports isn't getting started - it started a while back. In just the 1st Quarter of 2017, we've already seen over a dozen teams make the investment and the NBA2K ELEAGUE across their 30 teams with several already committed.

Now even more pro and former athletes are moving in.

Recently we've seen former NFL athlete Hank Baskett become Co-Owner of Denial eSports. 49er's Joe Montana, Giant's Hunter Pence and former Cavaliers center Andrew Bogut invest in eSports team Cloud9.

I'm thrilled to have NFL Athlete Ricky Lumpkin of the Cardinals, Colts, and Raiders as the next guest on The Next Level eSports Guest Podcast 004.

Our chat ranges from why he was late for our original scheduled recording time, Drake (no seriously) , why the NFL hasn't jumped into eSports like Soccer or the NBA, his favorite games to stream, iRacing as an eSport and can I beat him in Street Fighter (yes). Ricky brings the truth and a ton of laughs.

I hope you enjoy our conversation.