Ryan oversees three businesses at YouTube, which includes Gaming, Telco and Tech, as well as the growing Virtual Reality business. Ryan leads a team from around the world to manage global Gaming Publisher partnerships, Top Gaming Content Creators, live streamers and Esports Leagues. In addition to his Gaming role, Ryan leads the VR/AR and Telco & Tech businesses overseeing global strategy, content and partnerships, budget development, P&L, and cross-functional work for these respective businesses.
Ryan joined YouTube in 2014 to create the Gaming vertical, and has since lead Gaming at YouTube to be the most watched Gaming content platform in the world, and has also done the same for the Virtual Reality video business on YouTube.
Previously, Ryan worked in senior roles with major gaming industry companies, including Vice President of Programming with Major League Gaming and Head of Live and eSports at Machinima. As a prominent Esports personality, Ryan is known for his strategic contributions in growing the Esports scene while in his former roles, and as a New York Times Best Selling Author for his work on OpTic Gaming: The Making of Esports Champions. Ryan also was listed on Forbes 30 under 30 in 2014 for his work in the Gaming industry.
Widely regarded as the best International so far” “the broadcast this year was much more mobile, showed a lot of the venue” the biggest thing was the augmented reality on the stages which hadn’t been used before, it broke new ground.
Monster support the scene, their bands, their athletes and their fans. They back athletes so they can make a career out of their passion.
Monster Energy are more than just a sponsor. They take an active role in supporting esports: organisations, competitors and the fans to help develop a more worthwhile experience. Their continued involvement has allowed many to make a career out of their passion.
Coldzera a rifler for SK Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. He enjoyed great success playing a vital role in SK Gaming winning ESL One Cologne and MLG Major Championship in 2016. Valve honoured one of his defining moments of 2016, with a unique map alteration to pay homage to his individual heroics in a semi final match.
EnVyUs originally founded in 2007 as a Call of Duty team, have gone from strength to strength and can now be considered one of the largest and most respected esports organisations in the world. Boasting rosters across 7 different titles, EnVyUs are a competitive mainstay in the esports community.
The Score creates mobile-first sports experiences, connecting fans through news, scores, fantasy information and Alerts.
theScore creates mobile-first sports experiences, connecting fans to what they love through an addictive combination of real-time news, scores, fantasy information and alerts while creating and curating content that is mobile optimized, comprehensive, customizable and seamlessly shareable.
The ability to encapsulate a moment of time for all to bear witness to. Robert Paul captured some of the finest moments in all of esports and continues to lead the way in esports photography.
Half Polish half Jordanian but 100% dedication, Miracle became the first Dota 2 player to achieve a 9000 matchmaking ranking. He was an integral part of the team that won the first ever Dota 2 major.
Blizzard’s Overwatch released in 2016 to both critical acclaim and commercial success has continued to develop and evolve into an esports franchise. A team based online multiplayer first person shooter that adds strategical elements of character selection based on their individual strengths and weaknesses.
Richard Lewis is an esports journalist who rarely shuns away from reporting the sometimes difficult or controversial. A journalist, host and analyst that has earned the respect he commands through his invaluable insight and dedication for honest transparent reporting.
The International is a Dota 2 esports championship tournament. Hosted by its developer, Valve, it returned for its 6th iteration. Set in the location of the Key Arena in Seattle, this tournament saw the largest prize pool ever awarded in esports history at a staggering $20 million.
Scump is the epitome of what can be defined as the modern esports athlete. His performances throughout the Call of Duty franchise have attracted an audience of over 1.8million subscribers on Youtube. Captain of OpTic Gaming, he is the only esports player in history to win back to back MLG X Games gold medals.
Scuf Gaming creates handcrafted, professional controllers, and highend gaming accessories for PC and Console.
Scuf Gaming is a leader and innovator in the design of handcrafted personalised controllers. Scuf Gaming are trusted by the Top Professionals of esports to deliver optimum performance.
A retired League of Legends pro for Team Dignitas, Michael Imaqtpie Santana has amassed a following comprised of: Over 1.6million Twitch Followers, Over 1.2 millions Youtube Subscribers with close to 300 million views and 291 thousand Twitter followers. These numbers represent what an engaging, insightful and genuinely humorous individual Imaqtpie is. His most likable quality, is his ability to find the utterly absurd in and amongst the virulent, then transform it into an entertainment at nobody’s expense but his own.
Twitch is one of the world’s leading video platform and community for Gamers. Founded in June 2011, Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, video game culture, and the creative arts. Each day, close to 10 million visitors gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 2 million streamers. Millions of people engage with Twitch to stream, view, and interact around these shared passions together.
Captain of the most successful team in Counter Strike in 2016, Gabriel “Fallen” Toledo led his team of Brazilian underdogs to not one, but two Major championships this year. They also climbed to number one in the world in the unofficial CS:GO rankings during 2016, but all of this would not have been possible without their captain.
Not only an incredible player, but also one of the most down to earth personalities in eSports. Gabriel also took risks to get where he is today, helping to move his team from Brazil to the USA to help improve their practice and chances but then also helped financially and with community sourcing to give his biggest rival team, Immortals, the same chance he had been given. Not just a captain, but a leader, an inspiration and true living legend of eSports.
CS:GO is an online multiplayer first person shooter. Developed by Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment, grew immensely in 2016. CS:GO had its largest prize pools, and a continuously increasing audience either attending or watching its events.
Constantly brings tournaments to life” “definitely improved over the last couple of years” “the happy deagle ace was the most perfect example of casting I have ever seen. Everything Semmler does in that clip is technically brilliant. Phenominal, to the way he paces himself to the words he uses to the sheer joy he adds.
UK Esports Player of the Year (CoD) Swanny is the embodiment of the modern esports professional. A Call of Duty veteran. The second European to enter a North American organisation’s roster. Swanny is a player popular with fans and contemporaries alike.