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Michael FayDirector of Esports & Head CoachThe University of Akron

Michael Fay is the Director of Esports Programs and Head Coach at The University of Akron. His professional career centers around one foundational belief: that with forethought and intention gaming can be used as a platform to amplify personal development. Michael got his start in esports as an amateur coach in the game League of Legends and Overwatch. He developed a Twitch.tv and YouTube following for his strategic analysis of Overwatch gameplay and the esports industry as a whole. Michael’s videos have received hundreds of thousands of views and his following jumpstarted a freelance career as an Overwatch commentator. Since 2015 he’s produced, hosted, and commentated tournament broadcasts for notable brands such as Microsoft, Alienware, and Discord. Michael received his MFA in Emergent Media from Champlain College where he specialized in design thinking & online community building. During his graduate studies, Michael worked as a Project Management Fellow at Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center where he facilitated cross-disciplinary production teams in the creation of games & apps designed to drive social change for the United Nations, the University of Vermont Medical Center, & the International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators. Michael has taught courses on the History of Esports, Esports & Society, the Business of Esports, and Esports Broadcasting at institutions such as Amherst College, The University of Akron, and Champlain College.

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