#ESP2018 warm-up with Renátó Besenczi: „Sports clubs, meet esports”
There is a careful, yet growing interest in collaboration with esports across the European sports movement. Can an affiliation with esports help traditional sports clubs to engage new participants and strengthen their positive impact?
Esports is one of the topics that will be discussed at the first European Sport Platform in Budapest, Hungary on 16–17 November 2018. We are glad to present Renátó Besenczi, a speaker of the session titled Integrate, segregate, ignore? Sports clubs, meet esports. He is general manager and chief gaming officer at DEAC-Hackers, the eSport department of the Athletic Club of the University of Debrecen.
“About 1,5 years ago, in an internal university mailing, we suggested esport as a demonstration sport into the plan of the Budapest2024 Olympic bid. Unfortunately, Budapest2024 will not happen, but the idea to raise esport into a higher level stayed alive. In addition, we wanted to organise a strong research background for esports, so the university environment looked suitable. Last autumn, with the support of the manager of DEAC and the chancellor of the University of Debrecen, we established the esports department” – says Mr. Besenczi about the first steps in establishing DEAC-Hackers. “In the structure of the department, I am the connection between our game-specific esports experts (mid-level managers) and the managers and leaders of DEAC and the university. I talk with partners and the press, negotiate with players regarding their contract. In addition, I prepare marketing materials regarding the everyday life of our department” – explains Mr. Besenczi his duties at DEAC.
Based on the above, we are sure that Mr. Besenczi will have a lot more to share about DEAC-Hackers and his involvement in esports on 17 November at the #ESP2018. If you cannot wait until that time, you can already start following his Twitter account and the one of DEAC-Hackers to keep yourself updated about their news.
To learn more about and register for the European Sport Platform, click here. You can still benefit from the early bird rate until 4 November.
#ESP2018 is organised by ENGSO, the Hungarian Competitive Sport Federation and the European Lotteries.