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#132: Chris Smith of BIG Esports

By Jordan Michaelides

Chris Smith is the Founder and Director of BIG Esports, a company that helps brands build and activate their Esports strategy.

Chris is highly involved in the Esports space sitting on the board of the Esports Game Association Australia (EGAA), regularly speaking, mentoring and consulting in the industry. I came across his work while researching for Gerry Sakkas’ interview, who is also a partner in BIG Esports, and was genuinely intrigued by this world.

As a leader in the space, I couldn’t help but want to pick Chris’ brain.

In this episode we covered:

  • Losing reaction times with age
  • The Air Force Cadets
  • Esports vs Gaming
  • BIG Esports & the podcast
  • The Benjamin Franklin Effect

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00:46 – Introduction
03:05 – True or false
03:40 – Losing reaction times with age
06:35 – Air force cadets
11:50 – Games he grew up with
15:12 – Getting into Esports
18:57 – Kicking off his entrepreneurial side
32:10 – The structure of Esports
41:33 – Esports vs Gaming
53:04 – BIG Esports
01:00:43 – The podcast
01:08:17 – Daily routine
01:09:39 – What’s in the fridge
01:10:10 – Best purchase under $200
01:12:35 – A book he’d gift 
01:14:37 – The Benjamin Franklin Effect
01:15:45 – Jocko, Gimlet, Naval