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e-Gaming and e-Sports: The Opportunities Abound

Nothing in history has changed the way we live, work and play like the Internet. The rise in reliability of streaming video and access to high-speed internet has created a powerful new class of media consumers whose disruptive viewing habits are driving an innovative new market in the field of e-Gaming and e-Sports.

Once dismissed as a fringe phenomenon, e-Gaming and e-Sports has quickly evolved and exploded in popularity through amateur on-line games and professional competitions where thousands of fans attend live events in arena-sized venues as millions of people watch on-line.  A powerful and growing audience has emerged, signaling big changes for the Video Game and Sports Media industries, creating new opportunities for brand sponsorship, media rights, location-based entertainment, advertising and marketing. An influential and highly desirable online audience is on the move. Are you?

Join us for an industry panel discussion on the morning of January 20, 2018 for the opportunity to hear from four e-gaming and e-sports pioneers and entrepreneurs for an insider’s look at this wildly expanding industry. You’ll learn how they started in the business, where are the current industry trends, and what opportunities are out there for game developers and entrepreneurs to enter the e-gaming and e-sports industry.




Chris Heatherly

Executive Vice President, Worldwide Games and Digital Platforms

NBCUniversal Brand Development


Michael Brand

Director – e-Gaming



Steve Viner

Co-Founder and CEO

Liquid Animation and Spunge Games


David Mok

Director of Developer Partnerships

Skillz Inc.  




Joe Sichta

Executive Producer

Fortress of Focus


Garry Michael Kann

Managing Director

Firebird Partners


Networking with refreshments from 8:00 – 9:00 AM / Program: 9:00 – 11:30 AM

Free parking underground (right turn into driveway at signal on east side of Cahill, 75 yds to enter lot)





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The mission of the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum is to encourage the growth and success of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California.

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