C071 | Esports: Understanding the Athletes, Fans, and Gaming Culture

  • Room: 201
  • Session Number: C071
Wednesday, January 15, 2020: 3:20 PM - 4:00 PM


Lead Presenter
Ramsey Jamoul
Midwest Esports
Lead Presenter
Jonathan Long
Director of Tournament Operations
Midwest Esports


The K-12 esports gaming culture is different from that of other sports, but it also has similarities that might surprise you. In this session, you’ll learn how esports athletes develop and what makes the difference between good and great performers. You’ll explore typical myths of a gamer’s lifestyle along with the stresses of an esports athlete’s experiences. Exploding fan popularity at the K-12, college, and professional levels will be covered, as well as tips on how to maximize esports visibility on campus. Note: This session was created in conjunction with program partner, National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD).


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