Esports Experience

Play, Learn and Get in to the Game

The Esports Experience offers a premium entertainment environment filled with high-end gaming PCs and consoles, featuring the most popular esports titles in the industry. Each day, the esports stage will be filled with popular gaming influencers and esports professionals competing in live tournaments and attendees will get the opportunity to get in on the action! Challenge the pros yourself, or learn from one of our on-site experts what esports is all about. A professional livestream of each day's matches will be broadcast around the world on Twitch, and guests will be able to watch the production team manage the entire operation, from live editing to graphic asset delivery, in real time. The Esports Experience brings together the best parts of the fastest growing segment in gaming into one, immersive activation.

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How do I sign up to play?
All sign ups for game play are done on site. Stop by the Esports Experience to get set up.

What are the free play stations for?
Get tips from pros on how to better your game play. Or learn a game from scratch. Experienced gamers will be in the area to help you grow your skills.

What is unique about the Esports Experience game play area?
The #1 thing that sets this event apart for attendees is that there are very few esports activations, where you can experience game play at a professional players level. You will experience playing live in front of an audience while casters are talking about your gameplay. And your gameplay will be on livestream, and enjoy the full pro gamer atmosphere.

I am not a gamer, what can I learn?
The livestream will be utilizing a complete media package the simulates how the highest level pro esports productions take place, complete with live graphics, multiple camera angles, casters, motion graphics and more, all managed in real time onsite by professional technical directors and producers.

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Registration Access

Open to all registered Attendees.

All-Badge Access

 

Checkpoint XP, the only syndicated esports radio program heard in 76 markets across the United States and Canada, will be broadcasting live on Twitch and on the air from the Beasley XP exhibit area located within the Esports Experience.

 

Connect and Network: Esports Mixer

Open to all registered attendees.
Networking
Wednesday, April 10 | 4 - 6 p.m.
Esports Experience - North Hall

 

Tune in live to watch the Esports Experience tournaments via Twitch Monday-Wednesday from 1 - 6 p.m.

Watch live video from the Esports Experience on www.twitch.tv

Session Highlights

Apex Legends Game Play

Monday, April 8 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Open to All Attendees to free play

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Mon 8

Attendees play Apex Legends on stage to qualify for the tournament vs the Pros.

Monday, April 8 | 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Allowing the top 2-3 Attendees with most points play in the tournament vs the Pros.

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Mon 8

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

Players Free play for Apex Legends tournament

Monday, April 8 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Players Free play for Apex Legends tournament

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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

Apex Legend Match Schedule

Monday, April 8 | 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

2:30pm - Apex Legends Game Play: Heat 1/Round 1

Each match approx. 20 minutes
See Set Rules

2:55pm – Apex Legends Game Play: Round 2/Match 2
 
3:25pm - Apex Legends Game Play: Round 3/Match 3
 
4:25pm - Apex Legends Game Play: Heat 2/Round 1
 
4:50pm - Apex Legends Game Play...

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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

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

Super Smash Free play and Tournament

Wednesday, April 10 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm | Booth N1520- North Hall

Play Super Smash and Compete for Prizes
10:00am – 5:00pm - All attendees can play Super Smash, Apex, and Fortnite.
 
11:00 – 1130am – Play Super Smash for Prizes!
 
11:30am-1:00pm - Pro Player warm up
 
1:00 – 5:00pm - Super Smash Tournament live on twitch.tv/...

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Wed 10

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

Case Study: Grass Valley Solution Implementation at the Esports Stadium Arlington

Wednesday, April 10 | 11:30 am - 12:00 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

Designed to address the dynamic and complex needs introduced by the Esports community, the City of Arlington, Texas has created the largest dedicated sports facility in North America.  Throughout the build, lessons were learned on how to design and implement solutions unique to Esports...

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Wed 10

Evolving Asset Management and Content Distribution to Meet Esports Requirements

Wednesday, April 10 | 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | N1522: Esports Experience

Presenters Drew S. Martin, Product Owner for Media Orchestration for Grass Valley and Robert Erickson, Advanced Technology Director for Grass Valley will be discussing how asset management and content distribution must evolve to meet Esports needs.  Esports productions are required to scale...

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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

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