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Join Esports Trade Association Managing Director Megan Van Petten as she interviews some of today's most influential people and companies in the esports industry. The Esports Trade Assoication's Mission is to unify, serve, and ethically advance the business interests and sustainability of the esports industry, and the Esports Connected Podcast extends that effort through highlights ad conversations with their members.
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Welcome to the Esports Connected Podcast! In this episode, we chat with Ron Kerbs, Founder and CEO of Kidas, about his groundbreaking AI-powered software, ProtectMe Bot. Despite Discord's efforts to enhance moderation, toxicity still infiltrates voice chats. Ron's innovative solution addresses this gap by monitoring both voice and text communicatio…
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Welcome to the Esports Connected Podcast, where we explore the dynamic world of competitive sim drifting with our special guest, a passionate tournament organizer deeply involved in the sim racing scene. In this episode, we uncover the origins of the Esports Drifting Association (ESDA) and its strategic partnerships with industry leaders like Next-…
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Welcome to the Esports Connected Podcast, where we delve into the dynamic world of esports and its intersection with education. Join David Bruno and Sean Dwyer, as they share their journeys into the esports industry, from casual gamers to key players in academic and competitive spaces. In this episode, explore the incredible growth of Cougar Esport…
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Join us on the Esports Connected Podcast for an exclusive Q&A session with Titus Walker, the dynamic CEO of Ultimate Endgamers League (UEL). Titus, a lifelong gamer and visionary entrepreneur, shares his inspiring journey from childhood gaming experiences to leading the charge in esports innovation. In this episode, Titus provides insights into UEL…
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Welcome to the Esports Connected Podcast, featuring Mark Consiglio, a 20-year veteran in the event technology industry and current Account Executive at 4Wall Entertainment. Join us as Mark discusses his transition from traditional sports and entertainment to esports, sharing insights into creating synergies between the events and sports business. E…
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In this episode of the EsportsConnected Podcast, we sit down with Danielle Rourke, a technology strategist turned gaming entrepreneur. After a successful career at Dell Technologies, Danielle launched Gaming Culturist, LLC, a consulting business aimed at bridging the gap between the gaming world and education. Join us as we explore Danielle's journ…
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Welcome to the Esports Connected Podcast with Patricia Driscoll and Christina Grimes! Join us as we embark on a thrilling exploration of the dynamic world of esports. From the electrifying energy of live esports events that bring communities together to the ever-evolving technology that drives the industry, we dive deep into the passion and innovat…
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What was your entry point into esports/gaming and what is your current role?: I run a network of nonprofits that use Esports for education and empowering youth; high school Esports Coach; collegiate Esports Coach. Why did you decide to become a member of ESTA?: I wanted more insight into the industry and how we can expand it into Connecticut. Tell …
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Why did you get involved in esports? What was your entry point and what is your current role? I started in esports by helping build EGLX starting all the way back in 2014. Why did you decide to become a member of ESTA? To help develop the gaming industry in Toronto. What is your expertise/niche and how do you see that changing relative to the espor…
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Why did you get involved in esports? What was your entry point and what is your current role?: We got drawn into the world of Esports through our Valari gaming pillow product, which we believe can play a role in improving the comfort and enjoyment of professional & casual gamers Why did you decide to become a member of ESTA?: We would like to be in…
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Why did you get involved in esports? What was your entry point and what is your current role?: I view esports as a terrific way to engage a vibrant community and audience for fundraising. My entry point was watching the Starcraft championships in South Korea. As a video gamer, it's awe-inspiring to see stadiums filled with people who want to watch …
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Meet Matthew Hixon of Gamers Glorified. Gamers Glorified works with youth gamers by giving them a social outlet where they can come together in a safe environment, learn new games, and make new friends. To learn more about Gamers Glorified, visit: GamersGlorified.com Full Episode Q&A Why did you get involved in esports? What was your entry point an…
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When it comes to getting kids involved in team sports, it shouldn’t stop at gaming. Teacher Chris Aviles saw an opportunity to use kids’ love of gaming to create a team atmosphere and developed the first middle school esports team through Garden State Esports. He now helps kids from all over through school teams and events, helping them cultivate t…
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Having an idea is only the first step in a very long journey to make a company successful. However, there are many nights of hard work and many different paths that can be taken to find the right partners and funding to grow a company. In this episode of Esports Connected, Megan is joined by Mark Besharaty, CEO and President of Gamelevate. Gameleva…
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Although it seems very obvious that there’s a correlation between eye health and gaming, it hasn’t been at the forefront of research and solutions. Dr. Amy Czyz and her husband, Dr. Tom Czyz, Optometrists by Day, discovered an opportunity after they weren’t making their own health a priority during the pandemic. This was when they got the idea for …
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Many times we don’t think about needing a lawyer or legal advice until it’s too late. However, this is the absolute worst time to start engaging a team who can help you with your due diligence and setting up things the right way. This is more important than ever in the gaming industry, and in this episode of Esports Connected, Megan is joined by Da…
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There is no doubt talent plays a significant role in any success story; however, talent only is not enough. The right mindset, proper guidance, and putting in the work are also necessary. Coming from a family of athletes and entrepreneurs, Caleb Smith is the perfect example of that. Caleb Smith is the founder and CEO of CVS Entertainment and a fran…
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It may not be something we think about (or want to think about every day), but insurance is part of our daily lives, and getting the right one for your business and life can save you a lot of headaches when you actually need it. That's exactly what Chris Johnson, from the Johnsonese Brokerage LLC is here to discuss. In this episode of Esports Conne…
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In 2021 we’re seeing the re-emergence of live events, and no one is more excited about this then today’s guest, Rebecca de Freitas. Rebecca produces Mega Events and is the Director, of Customer Engagement at Hargrove. In this episode of Esports Connected, Rebecca talks about her role in putting on live events, and why all industries need to be watc…
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The gaming and esports industry is about connection, inclusion, and growth, but what happens when people interested in participating can't do it because they lack the resources to do it. That is why organizations like Varsity Esports Foundation exist; to ensure connectivity for low-income families and schools. In this episode of Esports Connected, …
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The 20% growth of the gaming industry during the pandemic turn it into a talent constraint market. Betting dollars, hours of content consumption, people buying the consoles, and the entertainment industry, in general, is heading into esports and gaming. Because of all that, companies turn into recruitment agencies and ask for help; they need to rec…
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Being authentic and bringing positive energy, and of course, his natural talent for marketing, helped our guest, Jeff Donnelley, build a flawless and outstanding career as an independent contractor working with online gaming companies. After 15 years of experience in the gaming market, the moment he learned about esports, he knew it was the industr…
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There is a difference between professional organizations and gaming communities; professional teams focus only on professional players and neglect community building. However, it is possible to create a community, have a professional structure, and be competitive at the same time, and Team 7AM is the living proof of that. John Smith-Howell, Directo…
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Today, we have the pleasure of chatting with Bruce Stein, Managing Director at Westbridge Consulting, LLC. Bruce is an experienced CEO and multi-preneur. He has vast experience as president, CEO, and Board Member of several toys, video game, technology and entertainment companies. He co-founded and directed aXiomatic, an esports and video gaming en…
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There was a time when robots serving you drinks and food only seemed to only be real in a cartoon like the Jetsons. However, if you were at the EsportsNext Conference last September, you would have had drinks being served to you by CLOi. CLOi is LG’s robot technology, and she’s not just about serving drinks. In fact, she does so much more, includin…
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In this episode, we’re back at last year’s EsportsNext Conference, as Megan welcomes Chyron’s Vice President of Marketing, Carol Bettencourt. Chyron was one of the production sponsors at EsportsNext, and the ladies discuss how Chyron helped take the delivery and graphics at the conference to a whole new level. They also talk about events, and how i…
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Joining us today to talk about education, esports, and gaming is Nick Turner, Consultant and Lecturer of Esports at Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke, UK. In this episode, co-hosted by Brandon Brunhammer, our conversation revolves around the benefits of adding esports to formal education curriculums, staying grounded, and keeping things real as m…
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When you see a need, you don’t have to wait for others to fill that need. That’s exactly what Brian Exner of PwR Up GG did when he wanted a way to highlight so many amazing gaming and esports businesses in the midwest. Instead of waiting for someone to create the event he wanted, he stepped in and created it himself. Brian sits down with Megan and …
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In today's episode, Megan and Brandon take a moment to appreciate their wonderful experiences so far at the Power event in South Bend, Indiana. They talk about the importance of connection, the multiple benefits companies experienced during the conference, and the possibilities these kinds of events open for the industry's future.…
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If there’s one ongoing theme you see through esports and gaming, it’s the excitement over how many jobs and opportunities are created for those who have a love of gaming. Calvin Hill and business partner, Kevin Fair met through the gaming community, and when they saw a need for more organized tournaments, more accountability for equipment, and help…
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In today's episode, co-hosted by Brandon Brunhammer, we meet Monica Miller, Collegiate Esports Program Development Consultant at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, storyteller, gaming enthusiast, and health & wellness advocate. Throughout our conversation, directly from the Power event in South Bend, Monica shared her journey into gaming and e…
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Joining us today at the Power event in South Bend is the ESTA Elevator Pitch winner Matt Jackson, founder, and CEO of the Ultimate Gaming Championship (UGC). Throughout our conversation, Matt reveals the details of how he went from organizing LAN parties in the basement of his parent's house to founding one of the most successful companies in the i…
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Fitness and overall wellness are not strangers anymore in the gaming community. Competitive and recreational gamers, streamers, and pretty much every person in the industry spending long hours in front of a monitor understands the importance of staying physically, emotionally, and mentally fit to enhance their experiences and give their 100%. Today…
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In this episode, directly from the Bendix Arena in South Bend's Century Center, we chat with Brandon Brunhammer, Business Development Director in Research and Learning at AVI-SPL (XTG). Brandon is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Esports Trade Association and the VR AR Association. We talked about the different ways brands and insti…
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Let's think of every pixel on a screen as an independent source of information. We will look at the fidelity between an author's creation and the final product displayed with different eyes. Today, we have another set of fantastic guests, Mike Ellsworth and Jason Tirado. Mike is a Senior Sales Engineer at Lightware Visual Engineering, North America…
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In today's episode, we dive deep into the marketing world with our two guests, Kevin Pustizzi and Ryan Harbinson. We explore their journey into the marketing and branding space, why storytelling is so crucial in modern marketing, and how to separate our company from the rest through our campaigns. Kevin and Ryan shared their thoughts on how quickly…
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Joining us today at the Esports Next Conference is one of the most brilliant minds in the gaming and esports space, Scott Greenberg. Scott is a real estate visionary and a serial tech entrepreneur and investor. He is the creator of ROOF and theWit, President of the ECD Company, GO EB5 RC Regional Center, and SMASHotels, and the co-founder of Smash …
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Today, we are blessed with April Welch's presence at the Esports Next Conference to talk about the launch of the Bronzeville Esports League and the first Level-Up award received from the Esports Trade Association. April is the Associate Vice President and Strategic Initiatives and Director at the Esports and Digital Arts Center at Illinois Tech. We…
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In another edition of the podcast from the Esports Next Conference, we are delighted to welcome Roger Payne to the show. Roger is the Key Account Director at YouGov, an international data and analytics group. YouGov's data-led support helps media owners, brands, and media agencies improve their marketing activities. YouGov is the most quoted data r…
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Today, in another episode from the Esports Next Conference, Bubba had the pleasure of interviewing Joanie Kraut, CEO at Women In Games International (WIGI). Joanie has over 15 years in the gaming space, serving several smaller studios, startups, and nonprofits as a consultant in the process. She is an expert in business development, financial strat…
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For most gamers, streamers, and casters, things can change overnight. Good results in an international tournament could change a gamer's life by getting them millions of visits to their social media channels, and in case something like that happens, there are certain things they need to have in place. For instance, gamers should check if the name t…
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In today's episode from the Esports Next Conference, we chat with the Esports Trade Association's Head of Marketing, Leslie Fitzsimmons. Leslie has over 30 years of media experience in sales, revenue management, marketing, and executive leadership. She is passionate about bridging mainstream audiences and hardcore esports fans and gamers and workin…
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We are thrilled to chat with April Welch and John Davidson at the Esports Next Conference in today's episode. April is the Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Director of the Esports and Digital Arts Center at Illinois Tech. John is the Founder & CEO of the Davidson Learning Company, Host of the DLC Drop Podcast, and Chair of the …
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Even though she was born and raised in America, our guest, Hiba Anver, found out early in her life that looking different from the rest of the kids was enough to be treated differently and have a particular set of rules applied to her. Daughter of Pakistani immigrants, Hiba grew up with the feeling of having one foot in each world and a different p…
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Following up with some of the best encounters at the Esports Next Conference, we are thrilled to bring Jacob Kaplan to the show. Jacob has over a decade of experience with Digital Arts and Design and Media Communications programs, helping develop valuable industry members. He is the Creative Project Strategist at the Full Sail University, where he …
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The Esports Trade Association's mission, in a nutshell, is to provide resources to make the gaming industry better. Today, the Association has eight committees working to provide the best resources available, helping both endemic and non-endemic companies join, contribute, and grow themselves while they help develop the industry. Today, the great M…
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The best way to understand what an esports athlete needs to perform at their maximum is by treating them like traditional athletes. Our guest, Josh Otero, believes they must pay attention to their resting time, eating habits, hydration, and avoid grinding all day. Keeping up with our series of interviews at the Esports Next Conference, we chat with…
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The gaming industry has some significant issues yet to be solved, and the quickest, more effective way to solve them is through unity. The industry needs to develop a message, design a strategy, and execute it as a unit. To talk to us about it is Anthony Gaud, Emmy-Award winning entrepreneur and media executive, Member of the Board of Directors of …
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One more day at the Esports Next Conference; today, we have a legend of esports joining us, Christopher Turner. Chris is a Consultant at Generation Esports, Director of the Mavs Academy Gaming Camps from the Dallas Mavericks, and Coordinator of Mixed Reality Virtual Innovation Gaming and Esports Institute at Southern University Law Center. In this …
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Welcome back! We are still at the Esports Next Conference, and today, our MVP, Megan Van Petten and Bubba Gaeddert, have a conversation about how the event is going so far. Their conversation revolves around the networking opportunities of events like this and why it is essential to know that it is not a "one-and-done"; encounters and conversations…
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