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eSports Leaders to Converge in Tampa for USF eSports Summit

Made possible by Fox Sports Florida, the University of South Florida Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program is excited to announce the 2019 USF eSports Summit.

The USF eSports Summit will be held Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center in Tampa, Florida. The audience for the inaugural event is expected to include sports & entertainment executives, investors, technology leaders, government & community leaders, economic development professionals, local & regional media, and university faculty & students.

According to Newzoo, the global eSports industry is expected to exceed both $1 billion in revenue, and viewership of 450 million in 2019. These staggering statistics, along with the predictions for additional revenue growth as the market continues to innovate and attract new investment have confirmed that eSports is taking its place in the sports and entertainment world.

The summit will take an inside look at the eSports industry and provide attendees with the opportunity to learn how USF and the Tampa Bay region can benefit from the fastest-growing segment of sports and entertainment.

eSports is the Wild West on Fire! Our vision for the Summit is to educate all stakeholders in the Tampa Bay Area on the business side of eSports. We have an amazing list of expert speakers from around the US. When you leave the Summit, you will truly understand the business ecosystem of this billion dollar industry

– Dr. Michelle Harrolle, Incoming Director of the Vinik Sport and Entertainment Management Program

The summit is bringing speakers from as far away as California, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Georgia.

Featured speakers for the inaugural event will include Jeff Vinik (Executive Co-Chairman, aXiomatic Gaming & Owner, Tampa Bay Lighting), Todd Harris (Co-Founder & COO, Hi-Rez Studios & President, Skillshot Media), Alex Jebailey (Founder & Director, CEO Gaming & Director of FGC, DreamHack), Wes Phillips (Associate Director of Licencing & Partnerships, Epic Games), Matt Marcou (Commissioner of Competitive Gaming Division, EA Sports), Ryan DeVos (Director, Magic Gaming), Jordan Bellar (Global Partnerships, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment), Eryn McVerry (Vice President of Content & Marketing, Vision Venture Partners). More speakers will be announced soon.

The esteemed group of speakers will cover topics including Ecosystem Growth, Culture, Investment, Audience, Business Opportunities, Programs & Events, Community, Endemic and Non-Endemic Brands and Vendors, Tampa Bay and the Esports Industry.

To register or learn more about the event, visit