Esports = Future: Global Esports Forum Returns in 2020

Exclusive B2B Esports Conference To Take Place Ahead of IEM Katowice 2020

(Katowice) 10th of February – ESL, the world’s largest esports company, together with The Story Mob and Marshal Office of the Silesian Voivodeship today announce the third installment of the Global Esports Forum (GEF) 2020. The GEF 2020 is a must-attend, exclusive esports business summit for key industry leaders, investors, analysts, media and influencers. 

This year’s edition of the event will be themed Esports = Future”. This invitation-only, progressive conference will dive deep into how esports is influencing and leading innovation within surrounding industries. During the day, speakers will cover an array of topics, ranging from the influence of esports as a cultural movement that changes how companies recruit, to creating new technologies through merging existing and new approaches to athletes’ performance.

The Global Esports Forum is a full-day event that takes place February 27th, 2020, ahead of the Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland. More than 300 industry executives are invited to attend a full day filled with keynotes, discussions and networking opportunities.

“The Global Esports Forum is the best place for addressing most current themes in the esports industry and gain an insightful outlook into the future”, said Aleksander Szlachetko, Managing Director at ESL. “We are proud to host GEF during our ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship in Katowice to combine both B2C and B2B interests at the “home of esports” and obtain the best fit between content input and networking opportunities.”

“Esport and computer games are not only just about fun. This is a big industry that generates huge profits and has an impact on current trends and social behaviors. We see it as a region. Katowice, as the host city of Intel Extreme Masters, has already become one of esports capital of the world, and we want to expand this trend to the entire region. As the host of the voivodeship, I try to get involved in the promotion of the esport industry and I encourage all the subregions of Silesia to cooperate and create a friendly climate for this modern and creative industry. I am glad that during the Global Esports Forum it will be possible to listen to global esport specialists’ – emphasizes the involvement in Global Esports Forum – Jakub Chełstowski, Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship.

For more information about the Global Esports Forum 2020, and to apply for an invitation, please visit For news from the event, follow the official hashtag #GEF20


ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world’s largest independent esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, UK, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (

The Story Mob is an international, full-service esports communications consultancy founded by the industry’s most experienced communications professionals. We believe esports fans are the most valuable fans in the world, and smart communication is key to meaningfully engaging with them. We partner with stakeholders who want to build and bolster esports through authentic communication, and we provide the strategy and tactics to help them create their own voice and value in the industry. Working with clients like BITKRAFT, aXiomatic, Premier League, Riot Games, Team Liquid, G2 Esports and more, we develop communications strategies and campaigns, manage media relations, conduct strategy workshops and media trainings, navigate crises, and more. If you have a story, we have the megaphone.

The Silesian voivodeship is a region in southern Poland, centered on the historic region known as Upper Silesia, with Katowice serving as its capital. The Voivodeship was created on 1 January 1999. It is the most densely populated voivodeship in Poland and within the area of 12,300 sq. km, there are over 4,5 million inhabitants. It is also the largest urbanized area in Central and Eastern Europe and is the most important industrial region of Poland with the best transport infrastructure in Poland and highly qualified professionals. The creative industry and ICT are one of the main intelligent specializations of the Silesia.

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