Wim Stocks has been a progressive leader in the online gaming and esports businesses since
- From 2001 to 2006, Wim was Executive Vice President of the “new” Atari Inc. (a roll-up and amalgam of Hasbro Interactive, Infogrames, and GT Interactive), leading and managing one of the broadest-reaching interactive entertainment publishing networks in the world. In 2006, Wim started an entrepreneurial online gaming publishing business named Elephant Entertainment, assuming the role of President and COO. In March 2008, the leading games publisher THQ purchased Elephant and Wim assumed the role of EVP and leader of the Online Gaming division and related digital gaming initiatives. In 2010, Wim was recruited to join the executive management team of Virgin Gaming (now WorldGaming) as Executive Vice President. In this role, Wim helped launch the company and platform in 2010, as well as developed strategic investor, technology, game publisher, retailer, and other brand partnerships. In April 2016, Wim was named CEO of WorldGaming & Collegiate StarLeague, which was acquired by Cineplex in the Fall of 2015 (a leading movie theater operator with diversification into gaming, location based entertainment, and other aligned entertainment and digital media businesses), and is presently leading the esports business, strategy, programming initiatives, sponsorship/partnership sales, and investor relations for the Company.
Wim currently serves as an Advisor to the Special Olympics International; an Advisor to Maple
Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and Ryerson University’s ‘Future of Sports Lab’; Board
member of Wombo Sports, a sports/gaming influencer agency; Member of the ownership group
of Andbox, parent company of the New York Excelsior (NYXL), the professional NYC-based
franchise in the Overwatch League and the NY Subliners, professional NYC-based franchise in
the Call of Duty League; is a Board Member of National Public Radio’s ‘Marketplace’
programming; and is also a Trustee and on the Board of Directors of the Walker Art Center in
Minneapolis. Wim is also Chairman of the Board of HPPS Ltd (a restaurant and real-estate
holding company based in Minneapolis), and has also served on the boards of Allina/Abbott
Northwestern Hospital, the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Episode | January 31st, 2020 | 24 mins 29 secs
college esports, esports podcast, esportz network
Esports journalist Mitch Reames takes his knowledge and expertise behind the mic to discuss the newest developments and headlines in esports for both the casual gamer and esports enthusiast.