Over the course of the last several years, video games have become a vital spectator sport, with single events pulling in millions of viewers. Our channel was launched to meet a demand for round the clock coverage of esports athletes and gaming franchises from an insider perspective. ESTV is the first ever dedicated channel for esports and gaming personalities.
Ed Fries created his first video games for the Atari 800 in the early 1980s. He joined Microsoft in 1986 and spent the next ten years as one of the early developers of Excel and Word. In 1996 he left the Office team to pursue his passion for interactive entertainment and created Microsoft Game Studios. Over the next eight years he grew the team from 50 people to over 1200, published more than 100 games including more than a dozen million+ sellers, co-founded the Xbox project, and made Microsoft one of the leaders in the video game industry.
In 2004, Ed retired as Microsoft Vice President and began working as a board member and advisor with entrepreneurs in the video game business as well as serving on the board of many non-profit organizations including the Pacific Science Center and the Smithsonian Art Museum.
Martin is an investor, advisor, and board member of various companies. He currently sits on the board of two public companies, Nexstar broadcasting group and Truli media group. A selection of previous roles include:
ABC, Board of Directors
Ziff Corporation, Former President
Former advisor to News Corporation, helped acquire News Corporation to the Metromedia television station group and wrote the business plan for the start-up of the Fox Television Network.
Former EVP of News Corporation, President of News Corporation Eastern and Central Europe, and member of News Corporation's Executive Management Committee.
Global Vice Chairman Media and Entertainment for Macquarie Capital.
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ESTV will not only focus on the most successful teams and personalities in the scene. It will also build on the founders’ game development and industry experience to provide a unique inside perspective on the business, including the competition and the creators behind the largest franchises.