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Esports Day: Crossing Over: Traditional Sports Come to Esports


Ryan Garfat (Senior Editor, ESPN Esports)

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 19

Time: 4:40pm - 5:10pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Business & Marketing

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Esports Day

Vault Recording: Video

This session will present an overview of the traditional sports world coming into the esports scene with big money investments, specifically in regard to 'Overwatch' League and 'League of Legends'. Senior Writer, Darin J. Kwilinski, will discuss the timeline that got the industry to this point, the names involved, the teams, how involved these traditional outlets are in the scene, is/was it needed, and what it means for esports.


Attendees will gain a better understanding of how the outside investment into esports is a testament to its longevity and accessibility to a market that traditional sports are trying to chase.

Intended Audience

Anyone who wants to understand who’s involved in esports from a non-endemic sense.