Collegiate Esports Symposium
1 Citrus Bowl Pl
1 Citrus Bowl Pl, Orlando, FL 32805, USA
Florida Citrus Sports is hosting a free virtual symposium focused on the growth and development of collegiate esports programs.
The event is presented in partnership with Full Sail University with additional support from Esports at UCF.
The symposium will be held Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19, from 1-5 p.m. each day.
Thursday, February 18
The State of Collegiate Esports
New eFuse Chief Revenue Officer Neil Duffy sits down with eFuse co-founder and CEO Matthew Benson for a 'fireside chat' to discuss the state of collegiate esports and opportunities ahead for discovery, monetization and infrastructure. The two leaders discuss the challenges they see facing the industry, possible solutions and growth opportunities.
Planning and Running Collegiate Esports Events
Live gaming events were on the rise before COVID-19 turned the world on its ear. Esports has continued to grow through online events in the interim. As in-person gatherings return, hear from industry leaders on the future of successful events -- live and virtual -- in the esports world. This panel is moderated by Sari Kitelyn of Full Sail University, featuring Victoria Horsley, Erin Eberhardt of Activision Blizzard, John Kracum of Misfits Gaming Group and Duran Parsi of FACEIT.
Preparing for Careers in Esports After College
The growing esports industry has a myriad of career options beyond becoming a professional player. How can students develop the skills to set themselves up for success after graduation? Hear tips and best practices from a training and growth specialist for one of the most prominent organizations in the gaming world, plus unique insight from the world's largest esports and gaming industry job platform. This panel is moderated by Annabel Zinn of Esports at UCF, featuring Richard Huggan of Hitmarker and Anthony Scala of Evil Geniuses.
Take a look inside one of the standout programs in collegiate esports, the University of California Irvine. Learn how the program developed and the opportunities that its leadership sees for the future of the industry. Full Sail's Jess Reider moderates this interview with UCI Director of Esports Mark Deppe and Assistant Director Kathy Chiang.
Friday, February 19
Evolving Education with Esports
For decades, most of the education ecosystem has viewed video games as a distraction for students. Today, esports is quickly becoming a necessity for high schools, colleges and universities worldwide. This insightful discussion lays out how forward-thinking institutions can use esports to evolve their students' educational and social experiences. This panel is moderated by Dr. Marc Williams of Florida Memorial University, featuring High Point Gamer CEO Derek Watford and MetArena CEO Marcus Howard.
Building & Growing a Collegiate Esports Program
Running an esports program is hard work, whether starting from scratch or trying to reach the next level of success. Learn some best practices, potential roadblocks and areas of opportunity from top leaders in the collegiate world. This panel is moderated by Full Sail's Bennett Newsome, featuring Kevin "Kebunbun" Hoang of Twitch and Dana Hustedt of Grand View University.
Health, Wellness and Resources for College Esports Players
Like traditional sports, competitive success in esports requires a commitment to athlete well-being, physically and mentally. Unlike traditional sports, esports programs and individual athletes may not have health and wellness resources readily available. Hear how gamers can control their personal wellness, why it matters and how coaches, administrators and other partners can help. This panel is moderated by RaeLynn McAfee of Full Sail University, featuring Dr. Lindsey Migliore and Bubba Gaeddert of the Varsity Esports Foundation.
Spotlight: Mountain West Conference / Boise State
The Mountain West Conference is an early adopter among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision athletics. After launching their first event in 2018, the conference has been at the forefront of collegiate esports. This panel is moderated by David Saphirstein of Venue Edge, featuring Mountain West Senior Associate Commissioner Carolayne Henry and Boise State Head Coach and Director of Varsity Esports Chris "Doc" Haskell.
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