THE SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON AND GENESE DAVIS PRESENT THE FIRST OF ITS KIND E-SPORTS PANEL
E-SPORTS – HOW TO BECOME A PRO COMPETITOR
Saturday, 7/26/14, 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m., Room: 26AB
We’re seeing a groundbreaking evolution happening in e-Sports as pro players become recognized as professional athletes who are awarded visas and salaries. However, the journey for them has not been easy. Join esteemed panelists Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion; MMORPG.com; The Gamer in You) Ryan “Fwiz”Wyatt (VP of Programming and eSports Commentator – Major League Gaming) Sam “Samzorz” Hall (Pro Gamer – Mortality eSports; Twitch; Founder – CODpedia) and John “ZeRo4″ Hill (Pro Gamer – World Champion: Quake) as they discuss the opportunities and obstacles players face when seeking viable careers as e-Sports competitors. This high-powered panel will divulge exactly what it takes to become a pro gamer and how the e-Sports evolution is impacting the video game industry at large.
Genese Davis is an American author, host, columnist and media personality. She is the author of The Holder’s Dominion, a next-generation thriller heralded as a breakthrough novel by Publishers Weekly. Davis is the founder of The Gamer In You and was recently awarded iGR Woman of the Year. Her writing expertise expands across various literary genres including thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, gamer-lit, new adult, and young adult, along with screenplay, playwriting, video game lore, characterization, and narrative.
Davis is an in-demand host, speaker, and moderator, appearing internationally for TV, web-series, conventions, academic fairs, publishing workshops, as well as literary and entertainment expos. In addition, she is a featured columnist at MMORPG.com. Residing in Irvine, CA, Davis advocates for her other passion, animal rescue. To learn more, visit GeneseDavis.com | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Flickr
Ryan “Fwiz” Wyatt
Ryan Wyatt began his career with MLG and returned in April 2014 as VP of Programming. Wyatt is one of the most recognized broadcast personalities in eSports and as VP of Programming, he works directly with MLG.tv’s fast growing roster of eSports leagues and personalities and MLG’s own production studio to develop premium MLG.tv programming for its growing global audience.
After getting his start with MLG as the Head of Online Tournaments on GameBattles and as an MLG event referee, Wyatt has become one of the most prolific personalities in competitive gaming and the growing digital streaming space with hundreds of thousands of fans and followers via social media. Most recently, he served as head of live and eSports for Machinima helping to create and launch the Machinima Network which became one of You Tube’s top gaming channels. During his three years with Machinima he also launched and managed the eSports vertical known as Machinima VS. which focuses on creating original eSports programming and covering the largest eSports competitions in the world such as the MLG Pro Circuit. In addition to his development position, Wyatt has become a leading eSports commentator casting all major Call of Duty events since 2009 and joining Chris Puckett to offer play by play for MLG Pro Circuit competitions.
Sam “Samsorz” Hall
Samuel Hall, also known as ‘Samzorz,’ is a 22 year-old competitive Call of Duty (COD) player from Phoenix, Arizona. Hall is well known in the COD community as one of the pioneers of COD eSports. Like most competitive players, he has played video games his entire life, however, his own decision to take competitive gaming seriously came after seeing Halo 2 being played on national television. Hall reached the original pinnacle of his professional career in 2011 when he competed in several national level COD competitions, culminating in an eighth place world ranking. Following this milestone, he retired from professional play to pursue a full-time living as a live streamer on Twitch.tv. During this time, Hall also founded the widely acclaimed best resource for community and competitive information in Call of Duty, The CODpedia.
Despite being a very successful live streamer who averages 10 to 12 hours of live-streaming each night, Hall has recently returned to the competitive scene as part of the Mortality eSports COD team. At this point in his career, Hall admits to being more eager to succeed than ever. With his Twitch.tv stream following and CODpedia community watching his every move, Hall receives the support of thousands in his pursuit to return to professional playing. In addition to striving every day to maximize his potential as a Mortality eSports player, Hall prepares himself for a long-term career in eSports through various industry volunteer endeavors and the continuous management of the CODpedia.
John “ZeRo4” Hill
As a repeat World Champion Quake pro gamer, John Hill has been a revolutionary player in e-sports for over a decade. With his extensive experience, and having earned thousands of dollars in tournament winnings from around the world, Hill has become a world-renowned player. In his off-time, Hill still manages to find the time to mentor and train current and future pro gamers to unlock their peak ability. He recently attended Quakecon 2014 and looks forward to his continual participation in the First Person Shooter (FPS) community.