UCI eSports Symposium

Come and hear from academic experts, leading industry analysts, and student-athletes about the current state of eSports!

UC Irvine, the first public research university to launch an eSports arena and student-athlete scholarships, is hosting a full day eSports Symposium on Friday, May 19th, 2017, in The Cove on the UC Irvine campus.


09:00 – 09:30 Symposium registration & breakfast reception
09:30 – 10:00 Opening remarks (Walt & Peter)
10:00 – 11:00 TL Taylor, MIT: Keynote “On the Fields, In the Stands: The Future of Women and eSports”
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee/stretch break
11:15 – 11:45 Constance Steinkühler, UC Irvine: “eSports and Academics”
11:45 – 12:15 Patrick Lemieux, UC Davis: “Seventeen Seconds of Dota 2
12:15 – 12:45 Discussants: Tom Boellstorff, UC Irvine; Kurt Squire, UC Irvine
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break (Video streaming from UCI eSports Arena)
14:00 – 14:30 Chris Haskell, Boise State: “Epic wins – Intercollegiate & scholastic eSports”
14:30 – 15:00 Michael Pachter, Wedbush: “The eSports business model”
15:00 – 15:30 Discussion: Michael Pachter, Matt Wyble & Che Chou (Blizzard), Chris Haskell
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 UCI eSports athletes/student advocates, moderator: Mark Deppe, with
Kathy Chiang (eSports Girls Summer Camp; eSports Arena Coordinator)
Khaila Amazan-Hall (UCI undergrad, Film&Media; eSports player)
Ryan Griswold (UCI captain, Heroes of the Storm & Overwatch Teams)
Loc Tran (UCI League of Legends Gold team)
17:00 – 17:30 Closing discussion

Registration for this event is required – free and open to the public. Lunch and coffee will be provided to all registered attendees. Please register early – we have limited seating and expect to fill to capacity quickly! Register here on Eventbrite.

This event wil be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation

5141 California Avenue, #200

Irvine, CA 92617

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is limited parking in front of the building, but UCI parking lot 82 nearby is designated for UCI staff and students, as well as overflow.

Support for this event is provided by UC Irvine Student Affairs, the UCI Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games, and the eSports Program at UC Irvine.

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We hope you can make it!

UCI eSports
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