Esports Exposed: Debunking Gaming Stereotypes

Mar 13, 2023

11:30am – 12:30pm CT

Recording: Esports Exposed: Debunking Gaming Stereotypes, Mar 13, 2023

For decades, gamers have often been stereotyped by the media as loners and anti-social individuals, forever glued to a screen. But more recently, gaming culture’s shift into the mainstream has signaled the need for a discussion around mental and physical health for players. With esports quickly becoming just as traditional as sports, the result: it’s being taken just as seriously when it comes to player protocol. Since his retirement from the NFL to pursue gaming full time as the co-founder and CEO of Austin-based Gamers First, the former All-American strong safety Kenny Vaccaro has made it his mission to break barriers as an esports owner. Explore ways the esports organization is revolutionizing the industry from prioritizing his players’ health above all else to creating equal opportunity for underrepresented communities.

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