The Esports Business Summit is upon us once again. One of the largest annual meetings of the esports industry will descend once again upon Las Vegas next week. Checkpoint XP will of course be on hand both at the Summit and the Tempest Awards. Here’s the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of the Esports Business Summit.


Some of the biggest names in esports will be on hand for the event. Representatives from Riot, Blizzard, Twitch, ESL, Immortals, Dignitas, and Cloud9 are just the beginning of who will be in attendance. Announcers like Goldenboy will also be on site. Dr. Lupo is scheduled to give a keynote address as is Ryan Wyatt, the head of gaming at Youtube Gaming, and athlete Demetrious Johnson. And of course, the hosts of Checkpoint XP will also be there the entire week. Joe and Norris will be manning the Checkpoint XP booth throughout the event.


Esports Business Summit brings together industry minds from around the world to discuss and debate the growing esports space. Rather than focus on the athletes and personalities, the business summit looks at the back end of the esports scene. Sponsorship, arenas, player management, show presentation, and everything needed for the esports industry to grow and succeed will be discussed at the business summit. It’s a can’t miss event for anyone interested in the working within the esports industry.


The Esports Business Summit is changing venues this year. Moving down the street from last year’s venue at Caesar’s Palace, this year’s event will be held at the MGM Grand. The Tempest Awards will be held at the HyperX Esports Arena in the Luxor. If you’re not able to get out to Las Vegas however, make sure you check out our twitch page at


The Esports Business Summit will get underway on Tuesday, August 10th with registration starting at 8 AM PDT. Checkpoint XP will be live on Twitch from 10 AM to 3 PM PDT on Tuesday through Thursday covering the action. The event wraps up on Thursday the 12th at around 4 PM.

XBOX Game Studios’ Gears Of War, GEARS 5, launch match to support Gamers Outreach will be held on Tuesday the 10th. GEARS 5 teams Ghost and Reciprocity will play a live match during the showcase, with the event starting at 7:30 PM PDT.

The Tempest Awards will be held on Wednesday the 11th. Cocktails will be served at 7:45 PM, with the event starting at 8:45 PM PDT.


So much of the esports industry is built on the faces of it. Whether it’s the major competitors like Team Liquid, Cloud9, Astralis, OG or the streaming personalities like Ninja and Dr. Lupo, so much of the esports industry is tied to the names behind it.

The Esports Business Summit is a chance to build the back-end that props up the industry. It’s a chance for the brightest minds in the business to come together and discuss the unique challenges that esports face on their road to legitimacy. It’s an event that will help propel esports further into the mainstream and ensure that it’ll still be around decades from now. We hope to see you there!

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