igec esports deep dive

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Mark Deppe
Acting Director, UCI Esports
Mark led the effort to create the world's first collegiate esports program at a public university - UC Irvine. Working closely with student leaders, administrators, faculty, and industry partners, Mark built a business plan that is cost-neutral to the university and that broadly approaches the world of esports through the five pillars of competition, research, community, entertainment, and career development. Since coming to UCI in 2010, Mark advised student government leaders and coordinated some of UCI’s largest and most successful events including six consecutive Guinness World Records.

Mark has a B.S. in psychobiology from UCLA and a MBA from Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.
- Mark Deppe: His Efforts to Make Rising Stars like Faker in the Collegiate Esports Scene
  • 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
    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