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The International Esports Federation (IESF) announced the remaining speakers for the World Esports Summit, scheduled to take place from September 29 to October 2 at the Busan Esports Arena.

Day two of the WE Summit will open with the second edition of the World Esports Academia Seminar and Competition, which aims to promote academic research for the World Esports Family and contribute to the overall growth and development of the industry. This year’s research subject is “Health Wellness and Well-being in Esports,” and the winning paper will be presented at the seminar and receive a grand prize of 4,000,000 KRW as well as an honorary certificate from IESF President Vlad Marinescu.

Session 5: Building Foundations for Esports Legislation
Fernvaille and Negentra Operations Manager Saygin Kolasinli will moderate the first panel of day two, discussing athletes’ rights, intellectual property issues, and other aspects of the developing world of Esports legislation.
Panel Discussion:
Jason Chung – Director, Esports & Gaming Initiative/Clinical Assistant ProfessorNYU Tisch Institute for Global Sport
Brian Tae–Hyun Chung – AttorneyKim & Chang
Lukasz Klimczyk – PartnerKKiW Law Office
Oh Pin-Ping – Partner, Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Session 6: Developing Guidelines for Esports Conduct
North America Scholastic Esports Federation Executive Director Gerald Solomon will moderate the panel discussing the advancement of Esports as a traditional sport and the importance of fundamental education among athletes, teams, and content producers.
Panel Discussion:
Dr. Joey Gawrysiak – Director and Professor of Esports, Shenandoah University
Angelica Ortiz de Gortari – Lead Researcher, University of Bergen, SLATE
Ian Smith – Commissioner, Esports Integrity Commission
Guan Wang – President, Gen.G Global Academy

Session 7: The Benefits of Esports Infrastructure on Tourism
The Benefits of Esports Infrastructure on Tourism panel led by Head & Chairperson of the IESF Business Development & Partnership Commission Nalain Naidoo will evaluate the socio-economic benefits of government investment in Esports infrastructure, including the impact on tourism and other measures of success.
Panel Discussion:
Neil Johnson – VP & Managing Director, Gaming and Esports, Hospitality Performance Network Global
Cristian Nistor – World Esports 2023 Manager, City of Iasi, Romania
Yudistira Adipratama, SH., LL.M – Head of Law and Legislation, Pengurus Besar Esports Indonesia (PBESI)
Mariusz Jankowski – Director, Katowice City

Session 8: The Dynamic Roles of Esports Organizations
This panel will dive deep into the roles played by federations, associations, and other governing organizations to more effectively bring the World Esports family closer together. The panel will be moderated by IESF’s Secretary General, Boban Totovski
Panel Discussion:
Daniel Cossi – President, World Esports Consortium (WESCO)
Steve Tae Hyung Kim – Chief Operating Officer, Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) Vlad Marinescu – President, IESF
Vincent Pereira – Head of Virtual Sport and Gaming, International Olympic Committee (IOC) David Neichel – SVP Public Affairs, ESL FACEIT GROUP

The WE Summit is supported by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Busan Metropolitan City, and Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency. IESF has hosted the event every year since 2016 and is consistently advancing to support its members to the fullest and serve as an exchange platform for key Esports stakeholders worldwide to promote discussion, evolution, and good governance.

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