General Manager/CEO @ WorldGaming & Collegiate StarLeague
Wim Stocks has been a respected leader in interactive and online gaming since 1990. 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 most broad-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 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 and Collegiate StarLeague, which was acquired by Cineplex in the Fall of 2015 (a leading movie theater operator having diversification into gaming, food/beverage, and other aligned entertainment and digital media businesses), and is presently leading the esports business, strategy, initiatives, and programs for the Company.
Wim currently serves as COO of the International eGames Committee & Board of Directors, is a Board member of the MLSE & Ryerson University ‘Future of Sport Lab’, an Advisor and Mentor for Stadia Ventures, a traditional sports & esports cohort, a Board member of the emerging esports analytics platform Rival.ai, an Advisor to the Special Olympics International, a Board Member of National Public Radio’s ‘Marketplace’ programming, a Board member of Slang Worldwide, Canadian based cannabis and related retail products corporation, 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.