The Esports Phenomenon

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  • Future of Betting in eSports
  • Opportunities for Brands
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AI+Cloud Campus

SL8224, South Hall Lower

Advancements in AI and cloud technologies continue to shape content and media in new and exciting ways from production workflows to improved delivery methods.

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Esports Experience

N1522, North Hall

Play, learn and get in to the game.

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Session Highlights

Cinematography at scale: The Impact of Massive Multi-Player Games on Cinema and Entertainment

Saturday, April 6 | 2:15 pm - 3:05 pm | S222/S223

Gaming and eSports are starting to overtake traditional sports in viewership and revenue. Massive stadiums and millions of people viewing tournaments online and it's growing year after year.  How is gaming impacting entertainment and what lies ahead for this rapidly growing medium? What advances...

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Sat 6

Game On: How 5G and eSports will Radically Change the Playing Field for Service Providers

Monday, April 8 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am | N1522: Esports Experience

4G’s latency and connection issues restricted uptake of mobile, on-the-go gaming for high fidelity AAA games. However, 5G will eliminate the current pain points of cloud gaming, creating an opportunity to reimagine the end-to-end service journey for players and viewers. The panel explores how 5G...

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Mon 8

College Esports: Competition, Education, Lifestyle

Monday, April 8 | 11:30 am - 12:00 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

The current Collegiate Esports infrastructure is rapidly taking shape. As this dynamic landscape evolves two distinct organizations are deploying unique approaches to create fulfilling experiences for the gaming community. Simplicity Esports and Gaming Company and Full Sail University intend to...

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Mon 8

FACEIT: Designing Products for the Next Generation of Esports Entertainment

Monday, April 8 | 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

Join one of the esports industry leaders FACEIT in understanding how the biggest esports events are produced and how broadcasting companies can adapt and develop products to help esports companies create new unique experiences and aid the growth of the market.

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Mon 8

Opportunities in Esports: How Brands Can Take the Game To the Next Level

Monday, April 8 | 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

Esports is one of the fastest growing segments of media and entertainment, and its popularity among millennials and Gen Z is undeniable. Esports touches a variety of industries and appeals to one of the most sought after demographics, which is why mainstream brands are looking to get involved in...

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Mon 8

Managing Your Content for the Global Audience

Monday, April 8 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

In today’s competitive esports marketplace, producers need to find ways to cost-effectively produce and deliver their domestic and international live events, to both linear and digital audiences – while assuring the quality and latency of the gaming experience is maintained.  The...

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Mon 8

The ESA Project: Bringing The Largest North American Esports Facility to Life

Monday, April 8 | 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

Esports Stadium Arlington (Texas) is the largest, most robust example of esports architecture in North America, representing a major step in the growth of the esports industry. Comprised of a large-scale competition event space, public gaming center, retail, high-performance team training areas,...

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Mon 8

Introduction of the Day: eSports Today, an Evolution

Tuesday, April 9 | 10:15 am - 10:30 am | N1522: Esports Experience

eSports has come a long way since it first began to rise in popularity in the early 2000s. Today, eSports is the fastest growing segment of the entertainment industry. It’s capturing more viewers than many traditional sports and this especially holds true in the coveted 18-34 demographic....

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Tue 9

Enhancing Media Workflows with Private, On-Demand, Flexible IP Delivery Utilizing Automated Networks.

Tuesday, April 9 | 10:20 am - 10:40 am | SU11621: CM|IP Presentation Theater

This presentation will discuss a case study of PCCW Global’s Console Connect platform being utilized by event organizers during live production. Console Connect is a software defined interconnection platform that allows media producers to have on-demand, flexible, private interconnections to the...

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Tue 9

Esports 101: An Industry Insider’s Guide to Navigating the Complex Landscape

Tuesday, April 9 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am | N1522: Esports Experience

Although esports is well past its infancy, the landscape is constantly evolving. As the industry continues to grow and offer more opportunities across media and entertainment, even esports’ most unlikely fans and brand partners are joining in on what is proving to be an exciting new stage of...

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Tue 9

Beyond IP: Securing and Streaming Your Content

Tuesday, April 9 | 11:30 am - 12:00 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

Join some of the industry’s brightest engineers for a roundtable discussion on what it means to transport broadcast content securely in 2019.  In the past, linear broadcast was inherently secure, with the transport and distribution tightly controlled.  Encryption was layered on top...

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Tue 9

Before the Games Begin: A Behind-the-Screens Look at Building Amazing Esports Infrastructure

Tuesday, April 9 | 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

Gain insights about how broadcast technology can be used for esporting events and hear firsthand why broadcast equipment manufacturers are increasing their involvement in esports engagement. Take a deep dive into some of the most recent installations and learn more about control room and in-venue...

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Tue 9

Blurring the Lines Between Games, Film and Television: Epic Games Case Study

Tuesday, April 9 | 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

Over the past several years we have seen the convergence of media technology between games, film, and television. At the core of this convergence is high-end real-time rendering technology. Today’s AAA level video games employ a level of realism that is attractive to not only games but now, film...

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Tue 9

Shifting the Paradigm in Esports Content

Tuesday, April 9 | 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

Esports and the media that surrounds it has undergone substantial evolution within the last two decades. With the industry having shed the stigma of being only for gamers, esports is one of the most accessible and sellable business ventures in the world. But how do you create sellable content to...

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Tue 9

Get in the Game: How New Tech Gives eSports Viewers Control

Tuesday, April 9 | 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

eSports is a multi-billion dollar industry, and while viewership continues to increase, the experience of watching hasn’t substantially improved. Audiences want agency and control over what they are viewing, to make the experience more interactive and engaging. New technologies are finally making...

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Tue 9

Level-Up: How Video Gaming is Driving the Future of TV

Wednesday, April 10 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am | N1522: Esports Experience

With over 300MM people regularly watching gaming video content online, this is no longer a niche audience but the shape of things to come. Gamer audiences have historically been the “canary in the coal mine” in terms of predicting new consumer behaviors and preferences. What gamers do today will be...

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Wed 10

Esports in the Future – New Business Models and Technology Innovation

Wednesday, April 10 | 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

In this session, Nelson Rodriguez will unpack the old and the new of eSports, and explore where genuine innovation may come from in the future. Many of the existing monetization models of eSports follow tried and true formats from traditional sports. We’ve met with eSports leaders all over...

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Wed 10

New Methodologies in Real-Time Data Aggregation and Management for Broadcast Presentation and Distribution

Wednesday, April 10 | 4:00 pm - 4:20 pm | N260

Live data and its management have become an integral part of the broadcast workflow. Whether it is used in a fast-moving dynamic presentation such as elections, sports or finance or used to populate and control on-air branding, effective live data aggregation and management drives efficiencies and...

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Wed 10

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