ED Games Expo Showcase: Esports & Education | Wilson Center
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ED Games Expo Showcase: Esports & Education

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This showcase is one of the sessions at the weeklong ED Games ExpoJoin the conversation #EDGamesExpo.

Competitive video gaming or electronic sports (esports for short) is a global sensation, a rapidly growing industry which has a global viewership that eclipses many professional sports leagues and is estimated to bring $1 billion USD of revenue this year. With such growing popularity, educators, administrators and entrepreneurs are all testing different ways to 'do' esports across sectors. But what does it mean to be involved in esports? What is the shape of the esports industry, what is its future impact, and how can we best prepare for esports in educational settings? 



Welcome Remarks

  • Elizabeth M H Newbury, PhD, Director, Serious Games Initiative at the Wilson Center

Dr. Casey Sacks, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges, US Department of Education



  • Professor Ellen M. Zavian, Professor of Sports Law, GWU & GW Law and Editor-in-Chief Esports and the Law


Panel: The Economics of Esports

What are some of the current economic impacts of esports?

  • Joshua Hafkin, Owner and Founder of Game Gym
  • Grant Paranjape, Vice President of Esports Business for the Washington Justice
  • Andrew McNeill, Director of Esports, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • Andres Lahiguera, International Trade Specialist, Department of Commerce
  • Moderated by Mike Hume, Editor for Launcher, The Washington Post


Panel: Growing Esports in Education

How are different groups preparing for esports in educational settings?

  • Christina Riegel, ResNET Assistant Director, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Hunter R. Jamison, Senior Student Consultant, Carolina Gaming Arena, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Professor David Hughes, Department of Sports Management, Hampton University
  • Moderated by Greg Toppo, Journalist and Author of "The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter"



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