Speaking work and events

I’ve spoken at many conferences and events over the years, as well as given guest lectures to students. I’ve also organised esports events and have listed some examples below.

Esports News UK events

In late 2022 I organised three sold-out events including the Esports News UK 7th birthday networking event, a League of Legends Worlds final viewing party and Christmas esports gathering at London’s Platform bar, each with 100+ guests.

If you’re a brand interested in becoming a headline partner for a future event, or sponsoring my editorial coverage of a third-party event, like Insomnia Gaming Festival in Birmingham, please get in touch.

Esports Insider

Photo credit: Jak Howard

The team at industry publication Esports Insider have kindly invited me to be a part of panels and moderate discussions over the years at their events including ESI London.

You can watch some of these panels here:

Grassroots esports panel at EGX

I moderated a panel on grassroots esports in the UK at EGX in 2017. This took place on the Twitch stage and was livestreamed too.

Guest lectures at universities and colleges

I have been invited to give several guest lectures on esports journalism at various schools, colleges and universities. These include the University of Chichester, Staffordshire University, West Suffolk College, the NextGen Skills Academy and more.

In spring 2022, I worked closely with West Suffolk College to arrange a host of esports industry talks for them, as part of my esports consultancy offering. I also interviewed West Suffolk College about their esports plans.

You can also read more about my lectures at the University of Chichester here

London Games Festival

I moderated a panel discussing the esports talent pipeline at London Games Festival in 2022, as part of ‘The Next Level’ series of talks.

This included guests from Faceit (Giulia Zecchini), Tundra Esports (Danny Lopez) and Digital Schoolhouse (Shahneila Saeed).

UK Esports Awards

I co-founded the UK Esports Awards back in 2018 with Adam ‘Blanks’ Heath, an event recognising talent in the UK esports scene. Year 1 was a success and it was a lot of fun, but with so much else on my plate, I decided to step away from the team later in 2018. There’s more info on that here.

How to get a career in esports

I hosted a panel in 2019 giving advice on how to turn your passion into a profession at EGX. The panel was formed of a number of UK esports experts, including Excel Esports co-founder Kieran Holmes-Darby. You can watch it in full above.

PCR Boot Camp

This is an expo and conference event for resellers in the PC and tech industry in the UK. As editor, I was required to lead the conference sessions, moderate panels and more.

Women in Tech Awards

I helped launch PCR’s annual Women in Tech awards event, acting as host, interviewing the winners and helping to arrange the day, as well as running content around it. Other events at Intent Media I worked on included the MCV Awards and PCR Awards.

Esports in Education Summit

I have spoken about collegiate esports at several of these annual events for lecturers and education leaders. I’ve moderated panels regarding the British Esports Student Championships for schools and colleges, and have asked teachers, students and others for their views live on stage.

The British Esports Federation held its first conference event in partnership with AoC Sport in 2019.

You can watch the latest collegiate esports panel I moderated in 2022 above.

Other events and talks and press interviews

I’ve spoken at many other conferences over the years, including Pocket Gamer Connects, I’ve given talks at schools about esports and once chaired a panel session to a room full of games PRs.

I’ve also reported live from many events, from the League of Legends World Championship quarter finals in London, to Insomnia Gaming Festivals, Intel Extreme Masters and lots more.

Sometimes I’ll be the one answering questions instead of asking them too. Here are some pieces of content where I was interviewed by someone else:

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