igec esports deep dive

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Michael Brooks
Executive Director, National Association of Collegiate Esports
Michael is a founder of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the only governing body in North America for varsity esports programs in higher education.

NACE is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of member institutions. Of the 45 colleges and universities in North America with varsity esports programs, 41 are members of NACE. Michael currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of Collegiate eSports and leads the organizational efforts across a number of subjects, including scheduling, scholarships, roster sizes, IP and operations. Michael works with institutions across the country to advise and promote the creation and launch of varsity esports programs.

Michael is also the Director of Strategic Partnerships with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The NAIA is the governing body of 251, mainly private, colleges and universities in traditional athletics in the United States.
- Michael Brooks: The Leading Figure in NACE Pioneering the Expansion of NA Esports
  • 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