Mathew Jessep

Interim CEO, Founding Board Member 2017

I was a gamer back in the 1980’s, first on an Atari 2600 console, then moving to a Commodore 64 (yes, I’m that old). While still playing (now on a PlayStation 4, though getting my butt kicked by my kids), I grew up initially into a marketer (Bachelor of Commerce, Western Sydney University) on my way now to being a lawyer/business adviser (Diploma in Law, LPAB, University of Sydney) and athlete manager (NRL accredited).

As a young marketer in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, I coordinated sports sponsorships for properties such as the Wallabies, NSW Waratahs, V8 Supercars, and Olympic Athletes. More recently as a lawyer, I have built built my own practice focused on and dedicated to sports, media, and entertainment issues and clients. This exposure to traditional sports and entertainment law has, along with my background on the commercial side of sports properties as well as an athlete representative, informed my approach to the significant volume of work I now do in esports.

My work in esports has quickly seen me advise and assist clients across the scene, including: players; managers; coaches; teams; and tournament organisers. Quite early on I saw a real need for a national body (if not a global one) that can represent, inform, support, and provide a transparent framework that might direct the various stakeholders in the esports scene for its mutual benefit, stability, and growth – a national governing body (using sports terminology) or a peak industry body (using entertainment business concepts) to regulate the various interactions between market participants and ensure that the scene can professionalise. The Esports Games Association Australia Limited aims to be that national body.

Quite serendipitously, I got introduced to Nick Vanzetti and Dave Harris in late 2016. They both seemed like nice people and from their invitation I became involved on the Board of EGAA in early 2017 to assist the other Board Members with structural, legal, governance, regulatory, and constitutional matters. Under my direction, a constitution has been drafted that lays the foundation for a robust and flexible member based and driven organisation.  I have now stepped down from the Board to continue the operational roll-out of the EGAA as Interim CEO while the Board sources a more permanent CEO to lead the executive function moving forward.

If you are involved in esports in Australia, I hope you like what we’ve built for you, and I look forward to being of service.

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