Join the Crew host Kym Frank and Corey Moss as they welcome their guests:

Talking gaming:

John Vielee – Lead Animator at Wise Web Connections, LLC dba WisEngineering

Russ Crespolini – Award-winning journalist, educator

Talking Esports:

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology 

Kym Frank hosts this podcast discussion with good friends John Vielee and Russ Crespolini who are the gamers (she’s a gamer too), and with John Greene who is one of the voices in the industry concerning Esports. 

Esports (also known as electronic sports, e-sports, or eSports) is a form of competition using video games. Most commonly, esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players and teams. Although organized online and offline competitions have long been a part of video game culture, these were largely between amateurs until the late 2000s, when participation by professional gamers and spectatorship in these events through live streaming saw a large surge in popularity. By the 2010s, esports was a significant factor in the video game industry, with many game developers actively designing toward a professional esports subculture. Find out more here

There’s discussion of gaming systems that Kym, John V. and Russ are using along with “the glitch” that befalls John V at times.  They also talk about VR gaming.

John G. talks about Esports, and how the company was approached by a local university to install an Esports facility. He talks about the technology, the competition (they’re called Esports athletes) and the market – including major opportunities. 

Kym asks about the games they play in Esports, John G. talks about games and hardware that they use, Russ and John V. also add to the discussion. John G. talks about the experience of watching Esports competition. Corey talks about Esports by the numbers. 

John also refers to the residential market here too, and Kym talks about how her office is a gaming environment.

There’s also discussion of Gamergate, controversy which stemmed from a harassment campaign. Corey introduces an article ‘Record number’ of girls engaged with esports. Kym also talks about mobile gaming, and how women are dominating that space.*

Kym and the guests talk about about gaming hardware as a smart hub (and drops another good friend’s name). She also brings up an interesting conversation about monetizing billboards and advertising in video games.  There may be some trash talk here too (and giant panda heads)…

John G. finishes the episode talking about Esports in 2019, industry and opportunities.  

Sit back, plug in and listen to an excellent conversation on gaming and Esports as we live…

The AV Life. 

*See The Biggest Mobile Gaming Consumers In 2018 (And Beyond) Are Women

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