YPSILANTI — Global esports organization Gen.G and its partners Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Kentucky (UK) announced plans today to launch its first ever Work from Home: The NetWORK, a conference designed to provide professional development in esports and gaming. Scheduled for April 10-11, 2021 virtually, the two-day event will offer panels, content and tournaments led by esports professionals, content creators, esports front office executives and collegiate players and coaches, and will be streamed live on twitch.tv/gengesports.
Panels will include topics on career paths and opportunities in esports, how to get hired in esports, collegiate conference panels, tips and tricks for content creation, how to run an esports organization at school, art & gaming, coaching in esports, and journalism in esports.
Fireside chats will include topics on working in an esports front office and building a path to becoming a pro esports athlete.
Guests include a broad cross section of the industry, including esports personalities OWL Pro Dustin “Dogman” Bowerman, MISSHARVEY of Counter Logic Gaming, gaming creators Jessica Kim & mrwootwoot, and industry professionals, including Riot Games Sr. Motion Graphics Artist Dave Felton & Gen.G Marketing Manager Jourdan Kerl. Panels will be moderated by students, including some 2020 winners of the Gen.G Scholarship Foundation.
The event will also feature collegiate esports tournaments across League of Legends, VALORANT and Rocket League offering a $1000 grand prize to each winner of the tournaments. Schools from across the country will be invited to participate.
“Our partnership with Gen.G continues to elevate to new heights as we bring together some of the best talent in the nation to offer professional development for students seeking a career in esports and gaming,” said James Smith, President of Eastern Michigan University. “We’ll also have some fun watching schools compete in our tournament to take home the grand prize.”
“Education is so critically important for Gen.G, and we are focused on developing the next generation to work in our industry,” said Chris Park, CEO of Gen.G. “This event is a true testament to the collaboration among Gen.G, Eastern Michigan, UK, partners and speakers to create a unique experience for students.”
Eastern Michigan and UK have collaborated on several integrations including tournaments, summer camps, charity streams, and most notably, as founding partners of the Gen.G Foundation, a $1 million commitment to developing the next-generation of leaders in the gaming industry over the next 10 years, The fund will be used to support women, people of color, and low income students enrolled in a United States university or college who are interested in majoring in gaming, esports, entrepreneurship, journalism or content creation.
Established in 2017, Gen.G is the only major organization that owns and operates top teams in South Korea, the United States, and China. Ranked no. 6 in the inaugural Forbes list of the “World's Most Valuable Esports Companies,” Gen.G's core mission is to help fans and athletes use the power of gaming and esports to get ahead in and beyond the competition. The company has quickly become a commercial and thought leader, building a global, inclusive and cross-cultural future for sports entertainment.
United under #TigerNation, Gen.G boasts seven global championships to date among their competitive teams which includes the Seoul Dynasty franchise of the Overwatch League, the LCK world champion team in South Korea, the world's top all-female Fortnite team, PUBG, CS:GO, Valorant and the NBA 2K League's historic expansion franchise in Shanghai. Its widely acclaimed initiatives include #TeamBumble, the leading team platform for the empowerment of women in gaming, and the Gen.G Elite Esports Academy, the world's first fully-integrated academic esports program in Seoul. More information about Gen.G esports and its teams can be found at this link.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.