Koen Schobbers – Keynote Speaker

Gaming and esports expert and entrepreneur, Board Member of Global Esports Federation

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Specialist Subjects

  • Survival in ever-changing environments: lessons from the gaming industry
  • Building unbreakable relationships with gaming children
  • The Gamewell Plate and the Hierarchy of Gaming Psychology
  • Opportunities and trends within the gaming industry
  • Introduction to the gaming and esports industry
  • The Virtuous Five of Personal Development


  • Dutch
  • English


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.

Popular Talks by Koen Schobbers

Survival in ever-changing environments: lessons from the gaming industry

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.

Building unbreakable relationships with gaming children

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.

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