“esports” has become the prevalent term used to describe the international community of organized, competitive video gaming that is rapidly exceeding all expectations, with increasing participation, viewership, and mass appeal around the globe.
Until recently, esport industry growth had been a bottoms-up, viral phenomenon. But now, the emergence of finely-tuned league structures centered around specific games, has helped solidify a growing business ecosystem that has attracted significant investment.
High-profile players from the technology and media industries, as well as traditional sports franchises, including Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, NBC, Time Warner, the Philadelphia 76ers, and New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, have deployed capital.
The list does not end there, and is expanding daily with other well-known first-movers looking to ride the wave of exceptional growth in the esports arena.
Join us on October 17th, 2018, as we examine the historical backdrop of competitive video gaming and esports as a broadcast media phenomenon; game design and other factors driving the exceptional user/enthusiast growth dynamics; investor interest, and the evolution of monetization models.
- Andrew Tosh – Successful developer and Founder of GameSim, a gaming, simulation and graphic info systems company.
- Tim “Caymus” Kimbirk – esports Manager at eUnited, Tim built both eUnited’s Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (“PUBG”), and Fortnite teams from the ground up, as well as the competitive Fortnight roster that was recruited by CheckSix Gaming.
- Jennifer McLean – SVP Marketing for ReadyUp
- Alex Champlin – PhD candidate UCSB, Film & Media; Alex studies spectator videogaming and esports as a broadcast media phenomenon.
This panel will be moderated by Rick Tico, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Andrew Tosh, Founder & President, GameSim
Andrew Tosh is the Founder and President of GameSim Inc. Prior to GameSim, Mr. Tosh was the Director of Engineering at the Modeling and Simulation company, AcuSoft, in Orlando, FL. While at AcuSoft, he specialized in the development of terrain databases and image generation systems. Mr. Tosh left AcuSoft to enter the gaming industry with Electronic Arts in 2005. While at EA, Mr. Tosh led the development of a number of Electronic Arts games, including the first live-hosted video game, EA Sports GameShow. In 2008, Mr. Tosh founded GameSim with the goal of providing software products and services to the entertainment, simulation, and geospatial industries. GameSim is one of the fastest growing companies in the country, working with a host of clients including Electronic Arts, NASA, US Army, US Air Force and CSX. Mr. Tosh holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Florida.
Tim “Caymus” Kimbirk, esports Manager, eUnited
Tim is an esports manager at eUnited currently focused on building a world-class battle royale program. He is experienced in player scouting, having built both PUBG and Fortnite teams from the ground up. Additionally, Tim leads the partnerships team at smash.gg, cultivating and maintaining relationships with business partners, tournament organizers, and game developers in order to grow their platform and the communities that use it.
As an expert in Battle Royale, he is deeply embedded in current scenes, from H1Z1 to PUBG, Fortnite, & Realm Royale. He is extremely familiar with each games’ competitive climate as well as the genre as a whole. At KeepWriting, Tim continues to engage directly with users and grow the community with over 19,000 subscribers and writers of all skill levels who provide positive writing habits, share their stories, and foster their craft.
Jennifer McLean, SVP Marketing, ReadyUp
Jennifer’s background is in launching and growing startups across games, mobile, and digital media. The former VP of Marketing at Betcade leading publisher adoption and consumer launch strategy, Jennifer also developed the go to market strategies for Fuse Powered and Gamblit Gaming. Previously Jennifer led marketing for IGN, Technorati, and Double Fusion, responsible for audience and trade marketing, public relations, client media strategy and promotions, and events. Jennifer got her start in the games industry running marketing for the Game Developers Conference, the Independent Games Festival, and Gamasutra.com
Alexander Champlin, UCSB Film & Media, PhD Candidate
Alex Champlin is from Los Angeles. He received his BA in English and Sociology from the University of California, Riverside and his MA in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is currently an MA/PhD student in Film and Media Studies at UCSB.
Alex has written about video game interfaces, apparatus, and network culture. His current interests include structures of play, software studies, piracy, and 1970s film theory. He is also actively involved with the Media Fields Journal Collective and works as a teaching assistant in Film and Media
Rick Tico is a seasoned professional focused on working with Middle Market Banking customers based on the California Central Coast, from Paso Robles to Ventura County. He joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2016, and brings over ten-years’ commercial banking experience to clients. In prior roles he has worked with customers ranging from well-conceived, venture-capital funded / pre-revenue start-ups, to private-equity backed growth companies, and $1-billion plus annual sales industry leaders, helping them optimize their day to day treasury, cash management and financing needs.
Rick completed undergrad at San Francisco State University, and earned an MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago. He is a long-time Executive Board Member with the MITEF Central Coast chapter, where he has chaired numerous programs focused on topics ranging from, Digital Technology and Filmmaking, to The Commercialization of Space, Online Personal Data Tracking, Building the Bionic Human, and Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Digital Ledger. Tico is a seventh generation Californian, born and raised in Santa Barbara
When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 670 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
- Student: $15.00
- General-Early-Bird (online only): $30.00
Sign up now & save $10 off general walk-in rate. Offer ends Monday, October 15 at 10 p.m.
- General-Walk-in: $40.00
- Parking: FREE
- 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Online Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
- 6:00 – 7:30 Presentation/Panelist Discussion
- 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A
Tickets include appetizers and refreshments for both online and walk-in registrants. (Beer or wine separate– cash or pre-paid online or at check-in table.)
If you miss the Online Early-Bird Offer, we welcome guests on the day of the event at the Walk-in rate. (Online rate not applicable.)