About The Speaker
co-founder and CEO, Vindex
Michael “Mike” Sepso is a world leading entrepreneur and executive in the esports and gaming industry. As an entrepreneur, he was instrumental in the creation of the esports industry itself and continues to be a key figure in what is now a fast growth, multi billion-dollar segment at the cross section of the gaming and sports entertainment industries. A successful entrepreneur, public company executive, CEO and spokesperson, Sepso is a unique mix of visionary, dealmaker and operator with an unparalleled global network in the esports industry he helped create.
Sepso is currently chairman and cofounder of the Electronic Sports Group, a global esports and gaming advisory firm. He is also an investor and strategic advisor to the New York based esports investment group that owns the NYXL Overwatch League Franchise. Additionally, Sepso is a director on the board of 100 Thieves, an esports team organization backed by Dan Gilbert and Scooter Braun. Sepso is also on the advisory board of Nielsen’s esports division, a co-chair of the IAB’s working group on esports, and a member of Twitter’s Content Council, representing the gaming industry.
Sepso was an early pioneer in esports when, in 2002, he founded Major League Gaming with Sundance DiGiovanni and served as the company’s founding CEO. The company went on to become the largest and most influential esports league in the world and achieved many of the industry’s important first milestones, including bringing the first mainstream consumer brand sponsors into esports, producing the first televised esports competition series with NBC Sports and building and launching the first OTT broadcast platform for premium esports content.
In 2015, Activision Blizzard’s (ATVI) CEO Bobby Kotick turned to Sepso to launch the company’s first esports and media division, at the time stating, “Mike’s entrepreneurial vision helped make ‘esports’ a household word.” As Senior Vice President and head of the new division, Sepso galvanized ATVI’s various esports programs into what is now the largest and most successful esports organization in the world. Within four months of launching the division, Sepso oversaw the acquisition of MLG, at the time the largest acquisition of an independent esports business.
In his role as the leader of ATVI’s new esports division, Sepso designed the original blueprint for the company’s new esports league structure, brought to life in the form of the Overwatch League, the world’s first global, franchised esports league. Following the launch of the league, Sepso oversaw global commercial operations for all of Activision Blizzard’s esports properties, where he landed the largest sponsorship deals in the history of esports with global partners HP and Intel.
Sepso is a frequent expert guest on business networks including CNBC and Bloomberg and a keynote speaker at the industry’s most prestigious conferences and events.
Sepso is a graduate of Babson College and resides in New York City.