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Thursday, October 5 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Varsity eSports:

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eSports, or competitive video games, is the biggest media industry most people have never heard of. In 2016, more people watched the League of Legends championship (a team-based fighting game) than the Masters, NBA Finals, World Series, or Stanley Cup Finals. eSports are the sport of choice for millennials. It's predicted that within the next 5 years, more than half of all Universities in the United States and Canada will have recognized, varsity programs (many with scholarships) to play games like Overwatch, League of Legends, Hearthstone, CS: GO and more. High Schools and Middle Schools will follow.

In this Spotlight session, Dr. Chris Haskell from Boise State University will share his extensive research on the current state and future of collegiate and scholastic eSports. Using the mosaic of collected insights and video interviews from the eSports leaders and insiders, Haskell will share what Blizzard, Riot, Twitch, ESPN, TESPA, current college eSports coaches, and university athletic directors have to say about how eSports will change our institutions. The high-energy, media-driven session will bring participants deep into the world of school-based eSports, what to expect, and how to make it happen. There will even be live eSports event using members of the audience to demonstrate and highlight the talents, personalities, and specialities that exist in this sport of the future. For those who want a deeper dive, he will also share a free "How-to" eBook on starting your collegiate or scholastic eSports team.

Thursday October 5, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Emerald Bay DE