igec esports deep dive

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Kurt Melcher
Executive Director of Esports at Intersport and Robert Morris University in Chicago, IL
Through his efforts, RMU became the first university to recognize esports as part of the athletic department and offer athletic scholarships to gamers, helping to legitimize the world of collegiate esports. An athletic administrator and 15 years, Melcher recognized the core educational elements involved in traditional sports and believes the same hold true for esports. Recently the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) selected Intersport to lead the research and ideation surrounding the association’s potential role in collegiate esports. Mr. Melcher’s visionary program has been highlighted in a number of prominent news sources including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, ESPN, NPR, HBO Real Sports and in the documentary film All Work All Play.
  • Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    14:00 ~ 14:30
    Speakers

    Beyond the Media Hype: An Insider's Look at the World of College Esports

    The growth of college Esports has been well documented by the media and nearly always celebrated as a series of positive milestones. This presentation will take a critical, insider's look at the history, growth, and current landscape in college Esports. We will challenge some of the current narrative and provide guidance for accurately evaluating the collegiate scene as it continues to grow.

    Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    14:00 ~ 14:30
    • Mark Deppe
    • Michael Brooks
    • Neil Duffy
    • Kurt Melcher
    • Donald Marinelli
  • Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    15:00 ~ 16:00
    Speakers

    High School Esports Development

    One area where Esports will most likely emulate traditional sports is with colleges and universities recruiting high school Esports athletes. There are enough collegiate programs nowadays to test this hypothesis. Also, as 9-12 remains regional rather than national oversight, this panel will review the challenges and successes high schools have had dealing with local school boards, especially with increasing resistance to FPS games.

    Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    15:00 ~ 16:00
    • Mason Mullenioux
    • Justin Jia
    • Kurt Melcher
    • Donald Marinelli
  • Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    16:00 ~ 17:00
    Speakers

    Esports and the Politics of College/University Administrations

    Collegiate Esports have experienced a meteoric rise in the last few years with club and varsity programs being established nationally. Yet, resistance remains, especially among NCAA member universities. Why? More importantly, what have been the arguments swaying college and university administrations that Esports is an area of dynamic growth. To what degree has student interest and grassroots efforts impacted on campus Esports growth? All of this and more will be the focus of this dynamic panel.

    Place
    Emerald Bay
    Time
    16:00 ~ 17:00
    • Kurt Melcher
    • Mark Deppe
    • Michael Brooks
    • John Pierce
    • Donald Marinelli