Today’s eSports Sessions at the 2016 HPA Tech Retreat

You know that eSports has come into its own when major universities are offering scholarships for eSports degrees. Today’s panels at the HPA Tech Retreat will look at all eAspects of this eMazing eSports ePhenomenon.

Today, during the first day of the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Tech Retreat being held February 11-15, 2019 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA, Mark Chiolis of the Mobile TV Group will be heading up a full five hours of discussions and demonstrations all about the modern phenomenon of eSports.

No longer just a matter of dunking a quarter into an arcade console, eSports has grown into a world-wide industry estimated to surpass $1.5 billion by 2020.

This day’s events will be co-chaired by Craig German from Amazon Web Services who, along with Chiolis, will kick off the afternoon at 1:00 PM by greeting the attendees after the morning’s check-in, giving plenty of leeway for late arrivers.

Craig German, Senior Consultant with AWS Professional Services

Craig German, Senior Consultant with AWS Professional Services

Then Yvette Martinez-Rea, chief executive officer at ESL North America, will give the Keynote about how video game publishers and eSports leagues are driving the live computer sports arena.

Up next, Josh Rizzo, who assists clients in workflow design and implementation, presenting the low down on how eSports is in the cross hairs of the the world’s largest sports and media companies, reaching a global audience of over 600 million devotees.

The first panel will follow, with Thomas Burns of Dell and Eliot Sakhartov of Microsoft, among other, joining Chiolis to discuss the tech behind the talk, or the “Metal Behind the Medal”, as upgraded venue and stadium technologies are introducing trends like AR and VR to computer gaming.

Then it’s time for some gamesmanship with “Beat the Clock-Round 1” where five experts will be given exactly 2:30 to expound on the current state of the computer gaming industry.

After a refreshment break, a five person panel that includes Tom Sahara of Turner Sports and Mitch Rosenthal from Riot Games, will pose the question of whether eSports could rival America’s biggest traditional sporting events?

L. A.'s Staples Center was used for the 2016 League of Legends World Championship finals.<br />

L. A.'s Staples Center was used for the 2016 League of Legends World Championship finals.

After all, computer gaming tournaments have sold out the Staples Center, the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, and got a worldwide audience for Riot’s “League of Legends” when played in South Korea.

The last panel of the afternoon will focus on “Preparing an Industry for its Future” looking at how a growing number of top universities and colleges like USC and UC Irvine are offering courses and even scholarships in eSports, complete with their own “scouts”.

They’ll cap the day with the 2nd round of ”Beat the Clock” with another group of experts getting 2:30 to share their closing observations for attendees to take away on the surprising explosion of eSports.

Finally, just to prepare for future such events, Mark Chiolis and Craig German, will spend 30 minutes circling through the audience with wireless mikes gathering “what just happened?” opinions and asking “what could be better?” in future similar events.

“Our goal will be to find out what was really relevant to the people who attended the day’s sessions,” Chiolis said. “We’re very aware that both presenters and attenders are in a stiff learning curve when it comes to today’s evolving eSports, and the best way to learn is from each other.”

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