The Story of C.O.P.E., The Coalition for Parents in Esports
Shea Williams, Executive Director & Chris Spikoski, Managing Director, C.O.P.E – Coalition for Parents In Esports
Listen in as we talk with Executve Director, Shea Williams and Managing Director Chris Spikoski about the formation of COPE, what resources they provide to parents, and their advice on how you can be the best ally for your young gamer.
How TOing helped me learn more about myself and others
Pat Valdez, Founder, Esports Fair Play
We rap with Pat Valdez, founder of tournament production company, Esports Fair Play, about his experience running tournaments in the DC-Metro area for 5+ years and how becoming a TO taught him new lessons about esports and life.
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
TOing During a Pandemic
We talk to local area TOs about what it’s like to run tournaments online during the pandemic, what the future holds for live events, and their take on the state of the Smash scene in the DMV today.
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
How Games Change Lives at Children’s National Hospital
Listen in as Dr. Kevin Cleary of Children’s National Hospital, and Josh Hafkin of Game Gym, talk about how Children’s National incorporates games into their research and how you can support the creation of more game-based research.
Summer Bash Smash Championship
Early round is online and streamed live via the Game Gym’s channel.
Top 8 winners play on Sunday, August 22 at the Game Gym HQ’s in North Bethesda, MD
Sunday, August 22
Presentations and Interactive Interviews
Building the Washington Justice Community Through Content
Jake Brodsky, Digital Content Producer, Washington Justice
We speak with Jake Brodsky, Digital Content Producer of the Washington Justice, about how content can build community and expand the fanbase of our local DC professional Overwatch team.
Establishing the Path to Collegiate Esports
Kyle Taylor, Director of Player Development, StayPluggedIn
We interview Kyle Taylor, Director of Player Development, on how SPIN bridges the gap between high school and collegiate esports, espescially for students who dont have a high school esports team.
The Joys and Challenges of Full-Time Streaming
BB_XH, Esports Host & Twitch Partner
Listen in as we ask Washington DC based Twitch Partner and Esports Host, BB_XH, how she got her start in the industry, what it was like to make the jump from a traditional job to streaming full time, and what advice she has for new streamers.
To Worlds and Back, the Journey of League of Legends Coach Alex “Abaxail” Haibel
Abaxial, Professional League of Legends Coach
Abaxail Haibel, professional League of Legends coach in the CBLOL, shares how he built his coaching resume, his experience going to Worlds, and what it was like to be part of one of the largest upsets in World’s history.
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Pulling Back the Curtain on Esports Production
Chris Lessard, the Managing Director of Monkey Bubble, an international Esports production company, talks about how the company got its start, and how it has worked its way up to producing Tier 2 esports tournaments.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Exploring Snapchat’s Esports Efforts
Sam Rouan from Snapchat’s new Esports division discusses the platform’s leap into esports, and how they are trying to break through as the premier space for Esports content.
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Super Smash Con
We rap with Super Smash Con’s founder, Justin Wykowski, about the future of Super Smash Con, their upcoming fall event October 15-17, and what the future holds for the Smash World Tour.
Game Gym Hosting Summer Bash Smash Championship
Top 8 online winners play at the Game Gym HQ’s in North Bethesda, MD
Prize Pool: $2,000 + HyperX Gear