Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Over the past 25 years, the development and expansion of faster and more powerful computers, the proliferation of social media, the ability to live-stream events worldwide on a robust and reliable internet, and the creation of computer games with expandable, downloadable content provided the jet fuel for the meteoric rise and popularity of esports. Today, professional esports athletes compete globally in international leagues and competitions reaching more than 400 million fans and spectators annually. Professional esports participants earn millions of dollars, participate in regimented training programs and compete in jam-packed stadiums and arenas around the world. Traditional sports clubs and leagues including the English Premier League, the National Football League, and the National Basketball Association are purchasing esports franchises and cultivating enormous, dedicated fan bases. esports is now being considered for inclusion as an Olympic sport. There is no question that esports is changing the cultural and social landscape and demolishing the boundary between technology, art, and competition – but is it truly a sport? Are esports competitors athletes?
Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, co-founders of Riot Games and co-creators of League of Legends, will discuss their vision to create a world where gaming would be seen as a meaningful life pursuit, to support a global community of players, and elevate the competitive gaming landscape both in and around the game, on a panel moderated by DC sports radio personality Bram Weinstein.
Join us for an evening of exploration and discussion with three pioneers of the esports tsunami to discuss the creation of esports and its future impact in the sports landscape. This “Pioneers of esports” Innovative Lives program is developed in collaboration with SportTechie.
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Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. Program Begins at 6:30 p.m. Light Reception to Follow.
This program is part of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation’s Innovative Lives series, which gives participants the opportunity to engage in a public conversation with diverse inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs about their pioneering work and careers.
Venue: American History Museum
Event Location: Coulter Performance Plaza, 1 West
Cost: Free; registration is required. https://innovativelives2018.eventbrite.com
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Related Exhibition: Places of Invention, Inventive Minds
Accessibility: Assisted listening devices
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