Roman Dvoryankin, General Manager, spoke at ESI London

Head of spoke at It’s not all about the players – the ins and outs of building and running an esports team session in London. Organized by Esports Insider in the framework of ESI London, this session focused on questions related to building and managing esports teams. The session was held September 19th and was part of a larger five-day forum SBC Sponsorship dedicated to sponsorship of sports and esports organizations by brands from various industries.

Other speakers at the session included top managers of Fnatic, CompLexity Gaming and Team Vitality. Anna Bautmann, an independent lawyer, adviser to the German esports league (ESBD - eSport-Bund Deutschland), and member of the disciplinary council at the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), moderated the session. Speakers discussed creation and management of an esports organization, search and retention of talented players as well as sponsorship of teams.

Roman Dvoryankin shared his vision of how to build the team’s balance between bootcamps, trips to tournaments and leisure, which is important for teams’ motivation and morale. "The esports scene in Russia and CIS is developing at a very dynamic rate. In the last couple of years esports teams and tournaments gained massive popularity among millions of people. The industry is looking more and more like traditional sport with its own celebs, massive sponsorship contracts, and passionate fans across our region and beyond. I value an opportunity to share the experience of, a legendary team which now comprises several successful rosters in some of the most popular esports disciplines in the world, with my international colleagues at ESI London," said Roman Dvoryankin.

ESI London is the largest conference in the UK dedicated to the esports industry. Organized under the aegis of Esports Insider, ESI London annually gathers more than 400 delegates representing esports organizations and brands from various industries. This year ESI London takes place just before the FACEIT CS: GO Major, which will be held in the UK for the first time.