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Esports - The Future of Live Media and Entertainment, Will Hershey, CFA,  Roundhill Investments

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​CFA Pittsburgh presents:

Esports - The Future of Live Media and Entertainment

Please join Will Hershey, CEO and Co-Founder of Roundhill Investments, to discuss advancements in streaming technology, esports and game livestreaming are becoming increasingly mainstream. At last year's inaugural Fortnite World Cup, 16-year old Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf took home $3 million for winning first place. League of Legends viewership has surpassed the likes of the NFL, NBA, and NHL. Traditional sports owners like Bob Kraft and Jeff Wilpon have invested millions into professional gaming teams. But what is all the hype about?

The media landscape is changing, and video games now represent the largest form of entertainment globally. As of 2019, global gaming revenues exceeded that of the global box office and music industries combined. Games revenues are expected to surpass $190 billion by 2022, and as playing video games become increasingly popular, interest in watching others play has skyrocketed.

Our discussion will include an analysis of trends in the gaming and esports industry, including: an overview of esports, gaming and esports market size and growth rates, a deep dive into the esports ecosystem and its various stakeholders, and an analysis of options investors have to express exposure.

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Will Hershey, CFA

Will is the CEO and Co-Founder of Roundhill Investments, a NY-based registered investment advisor and ETF sponsor. Roundhill entered the ETF market in June 2019, launching the first pure-play esports and digital entertainment ETF (NYSE: NERD). Before founding Roundhill in 2018, Will served as the Head Trader with Yorkville Capital Management, where he traded the firm’s long/short equity fund and separate accounts, in addition to developing and maintaining a suite of 20+ custom indexes. Prior to his Head Trader role, Will was with Yorkville ETF Advisors, where he was instrumental in the creation and growth of two NYSE-listed ETFs by overseeing the trading and portfolio management of the funds. Will is a CFA charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). Will is an alumnus of Vanderbilt University where he received a BA in Economics.

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5/6/2020 12:00 PM

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5/6/2020 1:00 PM


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Will Hershey, CFA,  Roundhill Investments

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5/6/2020 1:00 PM

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