Keynote speaker Koen Schobbers is a leading global expert and entrepreneur in the gaming and esports industry. Starting as a professional gamer in 2007 at the age of 15 years old, he was not able to share his passion due to the stigma he faced. Today, Koen has become a leading industry speaker, has been covered in over 300 media outlets and is author of a successful book. He put aside his medical master degree at the University of Amsterdam to found two businesses, and commit to being part of a global movement that is rapidly taking over the world.
Reasons to Book Koen Schobbers
- Koen always personalizes his content. He believes in providing a unique experience instead of telling the same story twice. In order to achieve this he will work with you to make sure the speech will educate, activate and inspire the audience.
- Koen’s goal is not to just share some random words about the industry he loves, but to create a lasting change in feeling, thinking and behaving by speaking in an open, accessible and down to earth style
- Koen is transparent and down-to-earth. He creates a strong connection with the audience by sharing personal stories, highs and lows, and an unlimited amount of real life examples.
Koen Schobbers is a leading global expert and entrepreneur in the gaming and esports industry and is an outstanding, engaging and down-to-earth keynote speaker looking to educate, activate and inspire his audience.
He became a professional gamer at the age of 15, but the relationship with his mother was very difficult as a result. He later used this experience to found Parents of Play to help parents with the relationship with their gaming children and train professionals on how to deal with gaming children. The concept is based around his specific models and guidelines which are now used globally. Koen is also the author of a book titled ‘My Gaming Child’ in which he answers the 50 most common questions he has been asked by parents. He spoke at TED in 2019 about how to (re)connect with gaming children.
Koen is a board member and vice chair of the Athletes, Players & Community Commission of the Global Esports Federation (GEF). The Global Esports Federation has over 140 partnerships including UNESCO, the WHO, Microsoft and over 125 member federations. Koen also founded Koenz, a company helping businesses to implement the gaming and esports industry in their strategies and campaigns. Some organizations Koenz has worked with include Vodafone, Spinnin’ Records, Populous, KIA and Acer.
Koen is highly revered and he has been covered in over 300 media outlets since 2014. Between 2016 and 2020, he was also the anchorman of an esports show broadcasted on ESPN. He was the Dutch Champion in Trackmania between 2011 and 2016 and was 3rd at the World Championships in 2013.
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