Koen Schobbers is a leading global expert and entrepreneur in the gaming and esports industry and is an 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 150 partnerships including UNESCO, the ITU, the WHO, the UNFCCC, Tencent, THOMSON X, REFRACT Technologies, the Global Sports Innovation Center of Microsoft and over a 130 member federations. Koen 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.
A company’s ability to adapt to its environment plays an important role in sustaining or achieving a prosperous future for the organization. The gaming industry as a whole has continuously adapted to its environment for over half a century and is now reaping the benefits: exponential growth. Lessons learned from the gaming industry can be incorporated in organizations to connect with younger audiences and attract talent. This in turn supports the organization with business and people sustainability, helping them to achieve a prosperous future.
Screens and gaming: it’s the #1 hobby of many children… And the #1 parenting problem for many parents and professionals. Koen will introduce you to his own models and guidelines that are used by parents and professionals across the globe to build unbreakable relationships. These models and guidelines provide you with practical tools to strengthen, maintain or restore the relationship with children, and to keep or bring children into a healthy balance.
Why do games have such a strong appeal? What is ‘conscious gaming’, ‘balanced gaming’ or ‘healthy gaming’? How can we ensure that a healthy balance is maintained? What are the risks if we do not? And, if not, how do we help someone to get back into a healthy routine?
The world of gaming and esports is a breeding ground for innovation, supported by a powerful community that is strongly connected through all online possibilities. With new heroes, new games and new technological developments, this industry is set to play a very important role in what’s to come.
The gaming and esports industry has taken the world by storm. Where does this industry come from? What is this industry about? How does it work? Why is it growing exponentially? And what five steps can you take to be a part of it?
Koen will take you on a bumpy ride through his career in which he quickly noticed that certain key behavioral characteristics, combined with the right step-by-step approach, led to great results for people and organizations. Based on his insights and experiences, he created the Virtuous Five model. He has been teaching this model to individuals and organizations and has used it himself to find success in different fields. Give your audience the opportunity to step into a virtuous cycle and stimulate continuous personal development, increase motivation and teamwork, and create a positive impact on the business.
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"Koen's story was spot on. With his knowledge and experience, he managed to take our international guests into his world of gaming and esports. Koen's keynote breathes authenticity since you can sense that the material has been lived through and through. It was noticeable that a lot of time and energy went into the presentation and it was tailor-made. Literally because we had an extremely wide screen on stage to which he had adapted his slides and videos and figuratively because he included our theme in his story. Thank you so much!"
Thijs Pepping, Trend Analist at Sogeti
"Koen was one of the best speakers we ever had on stage at TEDxMünster. His talk was poignant and intense, and he presented it in a highly professional way: clear, understandable and entertaining. It was a pleasure to work with him."
Dr. Wiebke Borgers, Organizer and Curator at TEDxMünster
"Koen has a sympathetic, accessible personality and is an experienced speaker. He has a lot of knowledge and experience in the gaming industry and his story is inspiring to many."
Mark Versteegen, Sponsorship Director at KPN
"Koen Schobbers is a fantastic ambassador of the gaming industry. We gratefully made use of his talents and broad knowledge. Koen gives parents valuable insights and makes them feel more connected with their children when it comes to gaming."
Hans den Heijer, Senior Media Relations Officer at VodafoneZiggo
"The commitment of, and cooperation with, Koen for our Ziggo Shop in Shop employee day was a good move. Koen knows how to engage with the audience by matching his story with the audience and our products and services. What was also very pleasant was the opportunity to discuss his input beforehand and that Koen took the time after the presentation, and during the drinks, to answer any questions. Koen is very accessible to everyone and easily takes you into his world, even if you are not familiar with this industry!"
Marianne van Haaften, Third Party Manager at VodafoneZiggo
"I was very impressed by Koen’s presentation at the Hot Game, the annual event of the Amsterdam Sports Council about a current sports theme. With his expertise, experience and empathy, Koen knows how to connect worlds that do not always understand each other very well."
Ageeth Telleman, Chair at the Amsterdam Sports Council
"It is good to know Koen Schobbers in order to understand the gaming and esports industry. He knows the industry like the back of his hand, knows how to make smart, meaningful connections and explains how to deal with gamers."
Jolanda Jansen, CEO of Rotterdam Ahoy
"Koen knows how to combine the love for gaming with a healthy lifestyle. Useful for professionals, parents and children."
Mark Tuitert, Olympic Champion
"During an inspiring presentation, Koen made the audience think about the opportunities that the sports industry and esports can offer each other."
Mariëtte van der Voet, Secretary Director at the Netherlands Sports Council
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