June 25, 2022

9. Sponsorship and Marketing with Nick Holden from South Africa

9. Sponsorship and Marketing with Nick Holden from South Africa

Today’s guest is Nicholas Holden. He is an industry-respected esports and gaming specialist in South Africa. He is the managing director of African Cyber Gaming League (ACGL.co.za) and works with Entravision 365 Digital as their Gaming Solution Specialis...


Today’s guest is Nicholas Holden. He is an industry-respected esports and gaming specialist in South Africa. He is the managing director of African Cyber Gaming League (ACGL.co.za) and works with Entravision 365 Digital as their Gaming Solution Specialist.

With over 11 years of work experience in gaming and esports, Nick and his team have played a pivotal role in growing competitive gaming in the school, university, and public sector in South Africa. With a strong belief in building a sustainable future for esport, ACGL provides a pillar via their award-winning platform from which to grow gaming not only in South Africa but also for the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa too.

Our discussion included:

The African Cyber Gaming League - a South African eSports company specializing in online and LAN tournament administration, management, and broadcasting.

  • What is ACGL and how did it come about?

Sponsorship

  • How to identify and recruit the right sponsors for your esports program
  • Figure out what your value is first
  • Does “no” really mean “no”?
  • Metrics a sponsor may be looking for to be successful
  • Challenges of sponsorship in the African esports world

Marketing

  • Where can you find your audience?
  • The importance of community
  • Structure is key to success

Social Media

  • How should an esports enterprise approach the use of social media
  • Think of the platforms as “rooms”

Unpaid Media

  • What is unpaid media and how can it be used
  • “Shoot for the stars”
  • Content strategy

Mobile

  • Is mobile the future of esports in Africa?

Olympics

  • Should the Olympics include esports in their program?

 

Episode Webpage: https://www.gamerschangelivespodcast.com/9-sponsorship-and-marketing-with-nick-holden-from-south-africa

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FEATURED IN THIS EPISDOE:

Nicholas “Nick” Holden:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holdenza/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HoldenZA

African Cyber Gaming League - ACGL: https://acgl.co.za/

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Nick Holden - South Africa

Director of Managment

Nicholas Holden is an industry-respected esports and gaming specialist in South Africa. He is the managing director of African Cyber Gaming League (ACGL.co.za) and works with Entravision 365 Digital as their Gaming Solution Specialist.

With over 11 years of work experience in gaming and esports, Nick and his team have played a pivotal role in growing competitive gaming in the school, university and public sector in South Africa. With a strong belief in building a sustainable future for esport, ACGL provides a pillar via their award winning platform from which to grow gaming not only in South Africa but also for the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa too.