An online lecture by Andrey Somov:  E-sports: from research to a startup

Skoltech at Technopark is a joint science education project of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and the Skolkovo Technopark. Its lectures focus on the world-changing science, technology, innovation, and business topics presented by Skoltech faculty and researchers at the country’s best Technopark. 

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E-sports has evolved into a thriving industry and a large promising market. The first weeks of 2021 have witnessed an enormous number of e-sports transactions – a testament to an ever-growing interest in e-gaming as a competitive sport and an entertainment industry with extensive audiences.

E-sports which was perceived as an odd career choice just a few years ago is now widely known as a way to win multimillion-dollar prizes at tournaments and enhance computer games with a significant sports component. The e-sports market is catching up with and even outstripping classical sports, such as football, hockey, and basketball.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an important element in training e-athletes and enhancing the visual appeal of e-tournaments. AI-based solutions help deal with a wide range of tasks from team and individual gamers’ performance analysis to prediction of their actions and prevention of injuries. These ideas were taken as the basis for many e-sports startups.

Join the lecture to find out what e-sports is, how e-sports data is gathered, and what data can be used by AI. The speaker will explain how to create an e-sports startup, what the top market trends are, and what hidden challenges young startups may encounter.

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Andrey Somov is an Assistant Professor at Skoltech, Deputy Head of the NTI Center of Excellence) in Wireless Technology and the Internet of Things, and co-founder of Head Kraken e-sports startup. 

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