2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Future of the Esports Revolution

Friday, March 18
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 5ABC
531 E 4th St

Esports are making a new push into the public eye, and have already surpassed some of the traditional Big Four sports in terms of popularity. The League of Legends World Championship Final sold out a 40,000-seat World Cup stadium in 2014, more than 79 million people follow gaming on YouTube, and ESPN2 aired the finals of Blizzard’s Heroes of the Dorm tournament in 2015. Esports are no longer on the periphery of the sporting world. But with increased exposure, comes greater scrutiny.

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Nate Scott


Gannett/USA Today

Nate Scott is a writer and editor at USA TODAY's For The Win, specializing in coverage of soccer, action sports and the NBA. He’s also the site’s culture editor, covering film and TV, and host of t...

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Stephanie Harvey

Pro Gamer/Game Designer

Counter Logic Gaming

Stephen Ellis at SXSW

Stephen Ellis

Esports Ambassador


I'm other wise known as 'Snoopeh,' my alias in the world of esports where I played League of Legends at the top level for four years, with over 80 million people playing it every month. I captained...

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Travis Gafford



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