All things esports and influencer at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #2

All things esports and influencer at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #2

In just one week, Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #2 will kick off, bringing a host of industry minds together for a week of talks, roundtables, networking opportunities and more.

PGC Digital #2 follows the successful, inaugural PGC Digital #1 event, which took place back in April. This time around there's more tracks, more speakers, and more insight. 

There will be 10 tracks throughout the week, each focusing on a different hot industry trend. One of these tracks is Esports and Influencers, which takes place on Wednesday 10th June. The first half of the track will begin at 9:00am sharp and run until 12:15pm, before restarting at 15:00 and concluding at 18:15pm.

Influencer-themed content is also dotted around the main schedule, so we've compiled a handy guide so you don't miss any of it.

A rundown of all 10 tracks is available on the PGConnects website. Tickets are also still available for a short time - so grab one while you can

Monday 8th June

11:30 - Influencers as Part of Your Video Creative Mix 
Erik Bryant from influencer platform Opera Event takes to the PGC Digital stage to discuss how to incorporate influencers into your video creative projects.

Wednesday 10th June - Esports and Influencer schedule 

9:00 - Levelling the Playing Field: Mobile Esports Driving Diversity
Tencent director of PUBG Mobile James "JinHo" Yang will kickstart the track with a panel on promoting diversity within esports, particularly in the mobile space.

9:30 - Esports, Influencers and New Media Changing the World
Industry specialist Mo Fadl discusses how new forms of digital media are impacting both the gaming landscape and the world. Fadl previously held roles at Wargaming, Blizzard and NCSoft.

10:00 - How Grassroots Organisers are fueling Mobile Esports
CAPSL head of business development and partnerships Alwin Wong will address how smaller events and tournaments are providing a stepping stone up to the big leagues.

10:30 - Esports and Entertainment: A Success Story For Brands
Brands are starting to keep an eye on the evolving esports space, and Ginx TV's Solenne LaGrange will be here to share some positive insights on brands teaming with esports companies. 

11:00 - The Next Wave of Esports Investments: Mobile Esports Investment Trends to Watch in 2020
It's a long title, but Bitkraft Ventures' Malte Barth is here to discuss investment trends inside the esports space, what to watch for, and what might be coming next, in a concise 20 minutes.

11:30 - Critical Force & Mobile Esports: Now & Next
Veli-Pekka Piirainen from Finnish developer Critical Force is up next to talk about where we're at with mobile esports, and what might be coming next in a fast-evolving and turbulent space.

12:00 - How is Esports Filling The Gap of the Olympics?
The morning sessions will conclude with a panel discussing how esports can work to replace real sports during the COVID pandemic. Four industry experts will offer their insight, Bikraft Ventures founding general partner Malte Barth and Esports Entertainment Corp freelance journalist Jay "Luna" Hunter. They are joined by Esports Nigeria president Emmanuel Oyelakin and Opera Event CEO Brandon Byrne.

Part two

15:00 - Navigating the Current Esports Environment 
To kickstart part two of the track, Enthusiast Gaming COO Eric Bernofsky will take to the stage for a discussion on how to navigate the current esports space.

16:00 - Professional Standards - Getting The Best out of Your Influencer Relationships
Working with influencers can be a minefield, but Kast's Max Sjoblom is here to talk about how to make the most from creator collaborations.

16:30 - Mobile Gaming: Conquering the Esports Market
Mobile gaming is often not taken seriously next to console gaming, but Matt Rutledge from Complexity Gaming is up next to give valuable insight into how mobile games can conquer in the esports space.

17:00 - Driving one Million Installs with TikTok Influencers
TikTok is the new social media kid on the block that few of us really understand. Yoke Network's Jide Maduako is ahead of the curve and is stopping by PGC Digital 2 to discuss how to pump up installs using TikTok. 

17:30 - What Influencers the Influencers?
No, it's not money. But a superstar panel will conclude the track with a discussion about how influencers do want from their brand collaborations. The panel is hosted by Steel Media's Danielle Partis (that's me) and features Secret Sauce Media chief operating officer Jodi Sahlin and Tribe Gaming CEO and founder Patrick "Chef Pat" Carney. They will be joined by CWA Mobile Gaming content creator Timothy "Ash" Evans and InfluencerStuff CEO Richard Little.

Check out the full schedule to see the complete range of impressive speakers attending. You can also check out our other track rundowns and coverage of Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #1 ahead of the event itself.


Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.