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Future of e-sports and diversity in gaming and VR addressed by Committee

23 April 2019

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee continues its inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies with two panels of witnesses discussing the UK e-sports industry and diversity in gaming and VR.


Wednesday 24 April, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30pm

  • James Dean, Managing Director, ESL
  • Rob Black, Chief Operating Officer, ESL
  • Nick Fry, Head of Commercial and Board Adviser, Fnatic

At 3.30pm

  • Jodie Azhar, Game Director, POC in Play
  • Kish Hirani, Chair, BAME in Games
  • Marie-Claire Isaaman, Chief Executive, Women in Games
  • Flora Tasse, Chief Technology Officer, Selerio

About the session

E-sports (professional gamers playing competitively with each other online, often livestreamed) can attract millions of people to watch from across the world. The Committee will be exploring the future of the e-sports industry in the UK with managing director of ESL UK James Dean and its COO Rob Black. Alongside them will be Nick Fry from Fnatic, the premier European esports enterprise.

Diversity in the gaming industry and VR/AR sectors are essential for its growth. With the next panel, MPs will explore the challenges faced by women, ethnic minorities and under-represented groups in the gaming and VR industries and what is being done to tackle them. Marie-Claire Isaaman, the CEO of Women in Games will be giving evidence alongside Kish Harani, the Chair of BAME in Games Flora Tass, co-founder and CTO of Selerio and Jodie Azhar, founder of POC in Play.

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