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Barton College will participate in the Carolina Games Summit at the Raleigh Convention Center and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel scheduled for Friday, August 6, through Sunday, August 8. Barton College plans to award more than 200 scholarships totaling over $400,000.

"We are excited to again partner with Barton College to provide a clear path for prospective esports athletes who also want to gain a nationally recognized college education," says Michael Everett, Creative Director for Carolina Games Summit. "This year Carolina Games Summit will feature 33 tournaments across 26 games with all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place competitors eligible to receive a $2,000 esports scholarship to Barton College."

Barton College competes in a variety of games in the National Association of Collegiate Esports, American Video Game League, Collegiate Starleague, and TESPA. The list includes League of Legends, Rocket League, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Rainbow Six, Apex Legends, Super Smash Bros, Paladins, Smite, Fortnite, Valorant, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Madden, FIFA, and NBA 2K. For more information on this exciting program, visit www.bartonesports.com.

"We're excited to partner with the Carolina Games Summit again this year and hope these scholarships provide a pathway for aspiring gamers to pursue their passion for gaming while earning a nationally recognized degree," said Dr. Paul Christianson, Head Esports Coach at Barton College.

Prospective students also will be able to visit Barton College representatives and current esports team members at their exhibition booth to get their scholarship or program questions answered quickly.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official website,www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting, or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Barton College

Founded in 1902, Barton College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college located in Wilson, N.C. The Barton Experience focuses on academic excellence within a wide range of professional and liberal arts programs leading to baccalaureate and graduate degrees, including master’s degrees in Nursing, Kinesiology, Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences, School Administration, and an MBA in Strategic Leadership. Barton celebrates innovation and bold thinking among faculty and staff as the College nurtures bold leadership development among students. Barton offers purposeful internships, practicums, and research/presentation in academic disciplines; engaging co-curricular cohorts; meaningful international travel and study; opportunities to give back through community service; an impressive array of cultural events; and diverse athletic competition among 24 collegiate teams. Additional information regarding Barton Esports can be found on the official website: www.bartonesports.com

About XP League

XP League is the first-to-market youth esports league franchise that bridges the gap between conventional youth athletics and competitive esports. Founded by a team of serial entrepreneurs with backgrounds in the franchising, entertainment, and construction industries, XP League provides an innovative program that fosters social skills and sportsmanship through a positive, certified coach-led structure. Launched in September 2020, XP League has quickly grown to 37 territories in 17 states across the U.S. and Canada. With its low capital expenditure and easy-to-scale "League in a Box" business model, XP League’s simplistic operations allow franchisees to open additional territories and establish a market presence much quicker than other industries. Please visit www.xpleague.gg to learn more.

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to high-quality tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in esports or games development through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official website: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

Red Bull Solo Q is back for another tournament pitting the best amateur League of Legends players in the world against one another to crown a winner, with the champion duelist winning the chance to experience Riot Games’ League of Legends All-Star Event firsthand and compete against some of the biggest names in the scene.¥ Players can go from hometown hero to champion and receive glory, prizes, and the coveted Red Bull Solo Q trophy!

Players can sign up and register here: https://www.redbull.com/play-soloq

"There are multiple ways that players can win in Red Bull Solo Q which definitely makes for a wide variety of gameplay," says Red Bull gaming athlete KayPea. "Some people try to win with mechanics and outplaying or by getting the first turret; I personally live for the duel aspect of the 1v1. I love seeing what players are capable of from a mechanical point of view."

Red Bull Solo Q 2021 will build on last year's success, which attracted over 80,000 signups and national and international champions crowned around the world. Alongside the 2021 competition will be special appearances from some of the biggest stars in League of Legends, including Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere, the global brand ambassador for Red Bull Solo Q 2021. Sjokz has been the face of the competition since 2019 and will be part of selected events, from national tournaments all the way to the world final.

Red Bull Solo Q allows fans to make their mark by bringing LoL players to new heights! In a world where LoL is traditionally played in a 5v5 team setting, Red Bull Solo Q will settle the score and showcase individual skill with a 1v1 gameplay format. Amateurs face-off in the top lane of Summoner's Rift and can claim victory by being the first player to get two kills under seven minutes, or one kill after seven minutes, destroying the opposing player's outer turret or achieving a 100-minion creep score first.

For more information on Red Bull Solo Q, please visit: http://redbull.com/soloq

Carolina Games Summit 2021 will be hosting the game developer for the game Calorie Defenders at this year's event. The game will be on display from August 6th-8th at Raleigh Convention Center.

Calorie Defenders is an action defense platformer where you adventure as veggies inside the body helping defend the Hunger against adorable candy. You will be building up your defenses with helpful veggies and fruits. So bring along a friend for co-op action or take on the battle alone.

There will be an alpha demo of Calorie Defenders available for anyone to play. This demo is still a work in progress so you will be getting to play the game before it's released. We are very excited to show off the game and hoping to hear your feedback.

Calorie Defenders is being developed by a small indie team of 3 people across North America. We aim to make cute, fun, and family-friendly games! Come join our discord server to find out more about the development of the game http://discord.gg/caloriedefenders

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting, or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Calorie Defenders

Calorie Defenders was an idea first conceived in 2017 while Lead Developer/Creator Barret Vasilchik was working at a job in Raleigh NC that had a break room full of candy. The struggle to resist the candy sparked the core concept of Calorie Defenders, a game about fighting the urges to eat all the delicious candy. Barret's love for 2D games and pixel art took this idea to life using a game engine called Game Maker Studio 2. While developing an early prototype he had enlisted a pixel artist named Kerrie Lake from Ontario Canada who would come to bring all the charm and cuteness into the world of Calorie Defenders. Shortly after a composer from Georgia by the name of Failpositive was brought onto the team to create the game's fun, energetic, and atmospheric soundtrack. Over the years they have been working together to create Calorie Defenders and hope to release the game sometime in the future.Official website: www.caloriedefenders.com/

About XP League

XP League is the first-to-market youth esports league franchise that bridges the gap between conventional youth athletics and competitive esports. Founded by a team of serial entrepreneurs with backgrounds in the franchising, entertainment, and construction industries, XP League provides an innovative program that fosters social skills and sportsmanship through a positive, certified coach-led structure. Launched in September 2020, XP League has quickly grown to 37 territories in 17 states across the U.S. and Canada. With its low capital expenditure and easy-to-scale "League in a Box" business model, XP League’s simplistic operations allow franchisees to open additional territories and establish a market presence much quicker than other industries. Please visit www.xpleague.gg to learn more.

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to high-quality tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in esports or games development through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official website: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

Attendees will be encouraged to participate in a randomized drawing exercise. The theme is "Creating an Alien Landscape" The concept embraces the essence of an "Exquisite Corpse", a blind randomized drawing game developed by Surrealist Artists Each sheet of paper will have a template to make sure each piece can be aligned to form an elongated landscape/backdrop The backdrop can be populated with all kinds of alien/fantasy creatures or structures Participant will be equipped with drawing materials, and their own large drawing paper Hopefully we can display the results somewhere within the Convention Center premises.

Carolina Games Summit and the XP League will co-host the first major in-person esports event in 2021 at the Raleigh Convention Center from August 6-8, 2021. XP League will be hosting its inaugural North American Finals, and the Carolina Games Summit will be hosting its 15th annual esports and gaming event.

"I'm not an artist myself but watching or even taking part in Marx’s and Eric’s drawing workshop is quite an enjoyable experience," says Nicole Joyner, Event Organizer, Carolina Games Summit.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Marx Myth

Myth is a lifelong artist and learner. His training took a path of a BFA in painting, certificates in Animation, and a Masters in Business (focused on the Animation Industry). His work experience has fallen into the realms of Games, Simulations, and Education, and he continues to work as a freelance Illustrator/Fine Artist. Myth currently teaches Media Design and Marketing at Living Arts College in Raleigh, NC.

About Eric Knisley

Eric was born in 1961, began drawing shortly thereafter and can't seem to stop. He has self-published a couple of dozen comic books and crafted scores of CD and album covers, tee shirt designs, animation designs and more. He has also pursued a parallel career in high-tech graphics, including world-wide experience with immersive displays (domes and panoramas), including planetariums. He has deep experience in 3D modeling and animation, exhibit design, AR/VR and other tech. Eric currently works at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences as an animator and general-purpose media wrangler.

About XP League

XP League is the first-to-market youth esports league franchise that bridges the gap between conventional youth athletics and competitive esports. Founded by a team of serial entrepreneurs with backgrounds in the franchising, entertainment, and construction industries, XP League provides an innovative program that fosters social skills and sportsmanship through a positive, certified coach-led structure. Launched in September 2020, XP League has quickly grown to 37 territories in 17 states across the U.S. and Canada. With its low capital expenditure and easy-to-scale "League in a Box" business model, XP League’s simplistic operations allow franchisees to open additional territories and establish a market presence much quicker than other industries. Please visit www.xpleague.gg to learn more.

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to high-quality tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in esports or games development through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official website: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

Carolina Games Summit and the XP League will co-host the first major in-person esports event in 2021 at the Raleigh Convention Center from August 6-8, 2021. XP League will be hosting its inaugural North American Finals, and the Carolina Games Summit will be hosting its 15th annual esports and gaming event.

"We are excited to announce our first live 2021 esports event will debut in downtown Raleigh North Carolina, a city known for its game development, esports, and tech companies" states Michael Everett, Creative Director for Carolina Games Summit. "The Raleigh Convention Center and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel gives us access to the incredible technology and massive amount of space required to host the 2021 XP League North American Finals and the Carolina Games Summit simultaneously."

Carolina Games Summit has been continually hosting professionally run esports events since 2006. Their downtown Raleigh debut will quadruple the size of last year's event by expanding to over 50,000 square feet of ballroom space between the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and the Raleigh Convention Center. Over 30 esports tournaments across all competitive genres including fighting games, first-person shooters, racing, sports games, and more will be showcased on hundreds of consoles and high-end gaming PCs.

Speakers and educational sessions covering game development, esports, and technology will span all three days. Exhibitor booths, local artists, cosplay, tabletop gaming and unlimited Freeplay on the latest consoles and PC hardware will be returning and expanded for the 2021 event. Carolina Games Summit ticket holders will also have the ability to watch the XP League North American Finals live including all preliminary competitions related to their tournaments on Saturday, August 7th, and Sunday, August 8th.

XP League's North American Finals will include 32 of their top-performing teams from around the US and Canada. These 224 kids, aged 8-15 years old, have been preparing for their invitation to showcase their skills at this event over several seasons.

The event is the first of its kind for children in this age group. Over the course of two intense days of gameplay, an XP League North American Champion Team will emerge victoriously. With all the elements, feelings, and spectacle of a professional esports event, the stage is set for an unprecedented experience.

"XPL’s North American Finals are positioned to set a new standard of competitive gaming championships for school-age kids. It's the crown jewel of the XP League model and invites the best of the best to meet in a fun, positive, and professional experience" says XP League CEO, Jay Melamed. "I'm beyond excited to welcome these young, yet phenomenal, sports athletes to our hometown in such a big way. I know that what we have planned, together with Carolina Games Summit (CGS) and Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee (GRELOC), will be on a whole new level. Raleigh and CGS have been wonderful to work with and are bringing our vision to life. We have put all the right pieces in place for this to be the Little League World Series of esports"

The event being held in Raleigh is no coincidence. The Greater Raleigh area is home to numerous video game and esports companies, including leading developers Epic Games and Ubisoft, PC manufacturer Lenovo, open-source software company Red Hat, and tech giants Apple and Google. With hundreds of innovative technology companies headquartered in the region, plus a number of world-class universities and colleges, Greater Raleigh is well-positioned to become a global leader in the esports community.

"The Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee (GRELOC) has not stopped advocating for, hosting, and supporting esports and gaming programs before, during, or after the global pandemic" states Loren Gold, Executive Vice President for Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and Co-Chair of GRELOC. "With highly successful events from the R6 Major Raleigh, The Triangle Esports Championship to the online PUBG Mobile competition, as we move to recovery and return to live event activations, we couldn’t be more thrilled with our partnership with Carolina Games Summit and XP League. The events target two very important pieces in Greater Raleigh’s esports ecosystem; youth and regional esports programs respectively. We look forward to making this a highly successful and sustainable part of the Greater Raleigh esports annual events calendar"

Carolina Games Summit tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official website, www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com, for the latest information on tournaments, speakers, and event attractions. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting, or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About XP League

XP League is the first-to-market youth esports league franchise that bridges the gap between conventional youth athletics and competitive esports. Founded by a team of serial entrepreneurs with backgrounds in the franchising, entertainment, and construction industries, XP League provides an innovative program that fosters social skills and sportsmanship through a positive, certified coach-led structure. Launched in September 2020, XP League has quickly grown to 37 territories in 17 states across the U.S. and Canada. With its low capital expenditure and easy-to-scale "League in a Box" business model, XP League’s simplistic operations allow franchisees to open additional territories and establish a market presence much quicker than other industries. Please visit www.xpleague.gg to learn more.

About Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee (GRELOC)

The Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee (GRELOC) is supported by a diverse group of local civic, sports and business leaders who are interested in growing esports and gaming activities. GRELOC helps stimulate the local economy and serves Greater Raleigh by helping it actively participate in the fastest-growing segment of the entertainment industry. GRELOC helps bring esports events, leagues, tournaments, teams, players, and other related gaming activities to the Greater Raleigh area and supports the local gaming community and scholastic programs. PLAY. WATCH. MAKE. http://raleighsports.gg

About Carolina Games Summit

Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to high-quality tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in esports or games development through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official website: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

54 Sports LLC and Carolina Games Summit are partnering to host an online Fortnite tournament benefiting Atrium Health Foundation. The one day tournament will take place Saturday, October 31.

Participants will be asked to make a nominal donation to play and will compete for a variety of prizes that have been donated from corporate sponsors. Additionally players and non-players will have the option to make a direct donation to Atrium Health Foundation, as well as purchase raffle tickets for additional prizing opportunities.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Atrium Health Foundation to help support the work of Atrium Health physicians, nurses, research scientists and other talented healthcare providers who are dedicated to providing health, hope and healing for all.

"It’s generous support from community partners like 54 Sports, LLC that continues to enhance Atrium Health’s efforts to fulfill its mission of providing the best care to all," said Armando Chardiet, President of Atrium Health Foundation. "We are grateful to benefit from this gaming event, which provides a safe platform for people to support our caregivers."

“Earlier this year, 54 Sports LLC hosted the largest esports event in Charlotte, NC to date. Our goal was to host an additional three events this year, but like many businesses and organizations, we have had to postpone our original plans, says Mark Surles, founder and CEO of 54 Sports LLC. “In the meantime, our team is dedicating their resources towards creating online esports tournaments with the goal of raising funds and awareness for non-profit organizations. Atrium Health Foundation is critically important in supporting healthy communities throughout the Carolinas and Georgia, and we could not be more excited to harness the power of the gaming community in an effort to raise valuable funds for our local healthcare heroes.

"The Carolina Games Summit is excited to work with 54 Sports to produce an online Fortnite tournament that will advance health-related services in the Carolina’s through the Atrium Health Foundation," states Michael Everett, Creative Director of the Carolina Games Summit. “This is a great opportunity for gamers to give back while doing what they love in a safe environment."

To register for the tournament, purchase raffle tickets or make a direct contribution to Atrium Health Foundation, please visit https://www.healsforhealthcare.com. Contact the event organizer at kcuddihy@54sports.com for more information on participating.

About Atrium Health Foundation

Atrium Health Foundation is the point of contact for all charitable contributions benefiting Atrium Health. We are pleased to work with interested donors in support of the work of our physicians, nurses, research scientists, and other talented healthcare providers. Their exceptional efforts benefit patients throughout the Charlotte community, the Carolinas and beyond. For more information visit www.atriumhealthfoundation.org.

About 54 Sports LLC

54 Sports LLC is a full service event agency specializing in corporate experiences. 54 Sports’ services include event and post-event strategy, planning, asset procurement, budget, vendor and asset management and onsite execution. For more information visit www.54sports.com.

SANTA MONICA, CA – Red Bull North America Inc. in partnership with the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) announced today that the ultimate League of Legends® (LoL) 1v1 experience, Red Bull Solo Q, is now open for registration!¥Today, amateur players from the United States and Canada can sign up online to compete against thousands of others in the first qualifier on August 30, 2020. The winner of the qualifier will secure a spot in the respective U.S. and Canada Finals. Registration for future qualifiers, which will be held on September 20, October 4, and October 18 will open 48 hours before competition.¥ Players can go from hometown hero to champion and receive glory, prizes, and the coveted Red Bull Solo Q trophy!

Players can sign up and register here: https://www.redbull.com/play-soloq

"There are multiple ways that players can win in Red Bull Solo Q which definitely makes for a wide variety of gameplay," says Red Bull gaming athlete KayPea. "Some people try to win with mechanics and outplaying or by getting first turret; I personally live for the duel aspect of the 1v1. I love seeing what players are capable of from a mechanical point of view."

Red Bull Solo Q allows fans to make their mark by bringing LoL players to new heights! In a world where LoL is traditionally played in a 5v5 team setting, Red Bull Solo Q will settle the score and showcase individual skill with a 1v1 gameplay format. Amateurs face-off in the top lane of Summoner’s Rift and can claim victory by being the first player to get two kills under seven minutes, or one kill after seven minutes, destroying the opposing player’s outer turret, or achieving a 100-minion creep score first.

In celebration of the tournament, Red Bull recently released all-new Red Bull Solo Q Limited Edition cans featuring LoL champions Conqueror Alistar and Yasuo. Each can includes a special code on the tab that, beginning August 31, 2020, unlocks access to the upcoming Red Bull Solo Q leaderboard – offering consumers an additional path to enter the competition and a unique Summoner Icon (limit one per person) (additional details to come at a later date).* The new Red Bull Solo Q Limited Edition cans are currently available at retailers nationwide for a limited time and while supplies last.

For more information on Red Bull Solo Q, please visit: http://redbull.com/soloq

The Carolina Games Summit will feature an introduction to commentating by Jordan “FBI Tugboat” on Saturday, February 1st, 4pm at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. The panel will also be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/cgs.

A graduate from the University of South Carolina, FBI Tugboat received a degree in marketing and psychology before stumbling upon his true passion for play-by-play commentary. Tugboat's career grew in 2019 to include commentary at popular events such as GameStop / Matcherino's PUBG Proving Grounds Tournament; Collegiate events with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference; Bombastic Call of Duty competitions, like CLT Esport's $5,000 Call of Duty competition; the Military Gaming League's Branch Battle at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas; and the StanLee SuperCon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Tugboat's session will cover the necessary preparation required to work these types of events, plus a behind the scenes look at how others may break into esports commentary or shout-casting.

“Commentators on the esports circuit have a special skill set that is hard to replicate,” says Michael Everett Creative Director of Carolina Games Summit. “It is my hope that viewers and attendees of Tugboat/Mr. Fitzpatrick's session will have a deeper understanding of what is required to commentate esports and possibly will consider this path as a full-time career.”

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site:www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

Posted by: Johnna Koonce - 01/30/20 @ 3:30PM

Noah Downs of Morrison Rothman LLP and Ma'idah Lashani of Epic Games will be hosting a panel discussion at the upcoming Carolina Games Summit on Saturday, February 1st, Noon at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. The panel will also be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/cgs Viewers and attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the esports industry and the unique legal issues present within this growing industry.

Johnna Koonce, the Executive Producer for the Carolina Games Summit, states “When a new industry is just forming it is easy for individuals and companies to get taken advantage of, we are hoping this discussion will help alleviate some of those concerns”

Ma'idah Lashani is Counsel at Epic Games, where she specializes in business operations and game development. Ma'idah has nearly a decade of games industry experience, including having worked as Senior Editor at Escapist Magazine, Chair of the IGDA NC-Triangle Chapter, and Associate Counsel at Square Enix America.

Noah Downs is a video game lawyer passionate about helping his clients develop, evolve, and grow within this increasingly competitive industry. Noah's background in business law and intellectual property law allows him to help content creators, game studios, and entrepreneurs alike in unique and innovative ways. Noah has worked with businesses both large and small across a wide range of industries including music, film, television, gaming, and digital content creation.

“This talk is not designed to give situation specific legal advice, but we do feel it will point attendees and viewers in the right direction as they navigate the current esports legal landscape,” says Michael Everett, Creative Director for the Carolina Games Summit.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Epic Games
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. Unreal Engine is freely available at unrealengine.com. For the very latest on the studio, check out @EpicGames.

About Morrison Rothman LLP
Rather than hiring general practitioners, Morrison Rothman prides itself on having sought talent with niche skills and backgrounds throughout the digital entertainment, intellectual property, and brand protection industries. We give our clients truly specialized assistance in complex industries that require next-level expertise. We speak your language, we understand the technology you are working with, and we pride ourselves on being part of your team.

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

Jeff Brokaw of the Charlotte Phoenix, Dylan Sinnott of Strange Gaming, and John Brock of Envy Gaming join Richard D. Suarez of Stay Plugged In to host a panel on “Exploring esports in the mainstream, understanding the esports ecosystem” moderated by CLT Esports co-owner C J Collins. The discussion will take place at the Carolina Games Summit on Saturday, February 1st 1pm at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. The panel will also be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/cgs

Jeff Brokaw is the founder of Tabbris, Charlotte's premier innovative co-working center, the Co-founder of FaaSTrak, one of the south's fastest growing fin-tech companies, the owner of professional esports organization The Charlotte Phoenix and managing partner of venture capital firm Unrivaled Enterprises.

He has assisted in raising numerous funding rounds for startups as well as building companies from the ground level. He is currently a board member at several rapid-growth startups as well as an advisor, consultant and more for technology and esports companies across the globe.

He has appeared in TechCrunch, Business Insider, CBS Money, Yahoo Finance, The Boston Globe, International Business Times, San Francisco Times and more.

“Colleges and schools are integrating esports into their student organizations, athletic departments, and curriculums,” says Michael Everett Creative Director of Carolina Games Summit. “Our goal with our 2020 speaker lineup is to give faculty and staff the necessary information they need to understand the esports ecosystem and integrate it properly into their organizations.”

Rick Suarez comes from a strong sports background. He played baseball collegiately and has coached for years in the North Carolina area. He started as a financial analyst in Southern California. In 2004 he opened United American Steel, a metal recycling facility located here in North Carolina. He grew that company into a multi-million dollar entity that now has facilities throughout the Southeast and Midwest. His company was featured on Piers Morgan Live. More recently he has opened Stay Plugged In to help provide much-needed infrastructure to gamers at the high school and collegiate levels. When not at work, he can be found coaching on the baseball field or watching his kids play baseball, basketball, soccer, and esports.

Johnna Koonce, the Executive Producer for the Carolina Games Summit, states “The experience Jeff Brokaw, Dylan Sinnott, John Brock, and Richard Suarez bring to the table is truly amazing, we look forward to hearing their views on the current state of mainstream esports.”

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Envy Gaming
Envy Gaming, Inc. is the owner and operator of global esports franchise Team Envy and the Dallas Fuel franchise in the Overwatch League. Founded as a professional Call of Duty team in 2007, the Dallas-based organization has grown into one of the largest and most winning esports groups in the world. Today, Envy Gaming competes, streams and produces content across multiple gaming titles including Overwatch, Call of Duty, CS:GO, Fortnite, Paladins, and PUBG. In 2019, Forbes ranked Envy Gaming among the Top 10 Most Valuable Esports franchise in the world. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.envy.gg

About Charlotte Phoenix
The Charlotte Phoenix, the Charlotte-based professional esports organization. The Charlotte Phoenix currently compete in League of Legends, Call of Duty, and Rocket League. They are currently ranked #11 in North American Rocket League. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.charlottephoenix.com

About Strange Gaming
Strange Gaming creates content and has developed a successful online brand with one goal in mind, creating a community of gamers. Strang gaming runs a weekly podcast, creates in-game storylines and showcases the idea of community in the esports space.

About Stay Plugged In
Working with High Schools to support and help cultivate their esports programs. Looking to help the players in a more communal setting similar to any other sport. This provides them the opportunity to be more social, build camaraderie as well as allow students/parents to become fans of the matches. In doing so we hope to work with both the parent and the student in understanding the role esports can play in helping the student find a pathway through interest-driven learning. We will also help to identify the strengths the student poses to help them understand how they fit into the collegiate world of esports. We have identified all the colleges and universities that offer team, clubs, curriculum and/or scholarships in the esports field. Our goal is to help those students that are so passionate about esports, find a place best suited for them at the next level. Part of that strategy is also helping the most advanced players understand what it takes to become a pro player, The level of exercise, nutritional habits and practice time will be explained to both players and parents to help them understand the opportunity in front of them. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.StayPluggedIn.com

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

The Carolina Games Summit will feature a session titled: “Advanced Streaming” hosted Jerome “Sk1nyMan” Porter and Jamie “FlopySock” Simpson several local streamers from around the Triangle, on Saturday, January 31st at 8 pm at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. The panel will also be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/cgs

During this discussion, the two streamers will be available to answer questions from the audience and stream chat live. Both featured streamers have a growing five-figure fan base and stream on a regular basis adding to their fan base and experience in the video game streaming space. Mixer hosts Jamie Simpson's official stream at www.mixer.com/flopysock while Twitch hosts Jerome Porter's most popular stream via www.twitch.tv/sk1nyman

About Sk1nyManMy
name is Jerome, but most people call me Sk1ny. Born in Louisiana but live in NC currently. I started on Twitch on June 4th, 2012, took a 2-year break from 2014-2016 and came back to streaming since June 4th, 2016, (4-year anniversary). The games that I play are honestly all over the place except sports games. I own every platform, (x360, X1, Ps4 Pro, Switch, Wii U, PC), so I'm more of a variety streamer. My fame came from back in the day where I'm still the only streamer on Twitch to stream a 1,000-win streak in any game. This one being CoD: Modern Warfare 2. I also starting to go to events, so I definitely ask to see where I'll end up next.

Sk1nyMan streams Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Overwatch, Halo, and Call of Duty starting at 9 pm and running until 1 am daily. His stream has been viewed over 1.2 million times since he began streaming in 2012. He has completed challenges such as streaming daily for 365 days, while regularly attending local fighting game tournaments as well as national events. You can follow Sk1nyMan when he goes live here: www.twitch.tv/sk1nyman

About Flopysock
I love playing video games and want to make it a full-time job. My overall goal is to make a living off playing video games. I love hanging out with other people who play video games because the gaming community is super friendly. I go to as many gaming conventions and local tournaments as I can to network and have fun. This is my dream job and I will do anything I can to make sure I make it to the top!

Flopysock is a partnered streamer on Mixer with about 40,000+ followers, he is currently striving to become one of the best Professional Fornite Players on the east coast. Flopysock has competed in several online and local LAN tournaments earning him roughly $5700 in winnings from several events. Flopysock is currently apart of Team Low-Stress Gaming, is a founder of More than Just Streaming with many other streamers, and a member of Joy Undiluted. Flopysock is currently sponsored by Controller Chaos, you catch Flopysock when he goes live at mixer.com/flopysock

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

Barton College will again be participating in the annual Carolina Games Summit at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. This year they plan to award 153 scholarships totaling over $300,000 on Friday, January 31st, 6 pm to 11 pm and Saturday, February 1st from 10 am to 9 pm. That is enough scholarships for every Carolina Games Summit first, second, and third place esports competition winner to receive one.

“This scholarship opportunity at Barton College provides a clear path for prospective students who want to gain a nationally recognized college education while they push the limits of their esports career,” says Michael Everett, Creative Director for Carolina Games Summit. “Attendees to the Carolina Games Summit will be able to participate in one of 27 tournaments across 24 games and all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place competitors will be eligible for a Barton College $2,000 scholarship”

Barton College competes in a variety of games in the National Association of Collegiate Esports, American Video Game League, Collegiate Starleague, and TESPA. The list includes League of Legends, Rocket League, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Rainbow Six, Apex Legends, Super Smash Bros, Paladins, Smite, Fortnite, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Madden, FIFA, and NBA 2K.

For more information on this exciting program visit www.bartonesports.com

"We're excited to be partnering with Carolina Games Summit again this year and hope these scholarships help turn amateur esports athletes into professionals while gaining a degree they will have forever," said Paul Christianson, Head Esports Coach at Barton College.

Prospective students will also be able to visit Barton College representatives and current esports athletes at their exhibition booth to get their scholarship or program questions answered quickly.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Barton College
Located in Wilson, North Carolina, Barton College is an academic community of approximately 1,000 students and 200 faculty and staff. Nationally recognized for its programs in education, deaf education, nursing, and social work and for its championship athletic teams, the school maintains a close-knit atmosphere and emphasizes individual attention and engaged learning. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.bartonesports.com

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

The Carolina Games Summit will feature a session titled: “Streaming 101” hosted by several local streamers from around the Triangle, on Saturday, February 1st at 7pm at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. The panel will also be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/cgs

TheHighHeeledGamer has been streaming for about 3 years now. She started off on Twitch but has since moved to YouTube. She has played a variety of games and mostly plays with her gaming crew, the Couchmen. Businesswomen and entrepreneur, TheHighHeeledGamer attends conventions from around the state to build her audience, she also is an avid writer and cosplayer.

“I started streaming in the past year. I first started by streaming through the Twitch app on Playstation and eventually moved to use a capture card and PC. This took a little bit of time as I pieced together my parts for my PC as they went on sale, didn't have that much extra money to spend. During this time I researched what was best for streaming and the different methods more experienced streamers used. At first, it was intimidating there was so much to this world I didn't know, but as I streamed more it has become more natural.” - RunninBull

“I started streaming to get more comfortable with public speaking. Streaming is one of the hardest performance mediums on the planet: There is no physical audience in the room to bounce energy off, and all the pressure is on you. I love the challenges that streaming presents as well as the people I've met through streaming! I love playing interactive community games and diving into performance art on my Twitch channel!” - MikkiMarvel

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About SmolTank (Nicole McDonald)
I am SmolTank! I am smol and I main tank in Competitive Overwatch! I am currently a Master Maintank. I stream mainly to Facebook when I go live and can catch me at https://www.facebook.com/smoltank. When I am not streaming I working hard at my normal job based out of Raleigh. I love all things nerdy and nerd culture, I also visit other events throughout the year when I can. I also love to play Magic the Gathering: Commander, come at me!

About TheHighHeeledGamer (Katherine Rollins)
I am the Oprah of the nerd world. I am the host of the Late Night Nerd Show on YouTube. I do interviews and reviews of anything and everything nerd/geek culture! I am not a professional cosplayer, I just do it for simple fun! I am also president and CEO of Stay Nerdy Productions, LLC which houses 3 podcasts and 2 web shows including the Late Night Nerd Show. Catch me at: www.facebook.com/theHighHeeledGamer and theHighHeeledGamer.com

About MajorLinux (Marcus Summers)
I am a gamer who was mostly playing for fun. I am now looking to change that. For years now, I have been building up to go on my own. After being in the IT field for over 10 years (yes, I know that's not a lot), with the jobs that I have, the places I have been, and the people I have learned from and taught, I feel like it's time to spread my wings and fly. This is the reason that MajorsHouse.com exists. It was a place where I can talk about gaming and tech, but also take what I've learned as a content creator and help those trying to break into space or take it to the next level!

About RunninBull (Charles Alvarado)
I grew up in the small town of Mt. Olive and now currently live in Raleigh. I went to ECU and graduated in IT because the Pokemon Master wasn't an official job. The first system I ever played was the Super Nintendo and never would have imagined gaming would be where it is. I picked up streaming within this past year and slowly building up. I always enjoyed playing games with other people watching and talking.

About MikkiMarvel (Mikki Marvel)
Mikki Marvel is a cosplayer/model/space babe/dork from Raleigh, NC. Mikki is an all-around artist and content creator who loves indie games and helping artists make money and promote themselves. She is the founder of the Raleigh Community MeetUp, Powered by Twitch and a member of comedy/theatre troupe Pineapple-Shaped Lamps that streams comedy and theatre performances! She does not take herself too seriously.

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

The Carolina Games Summit will feature a esports marketing and branding session lead by Ed Tomasi of SUBNATION on Saturday February 1st 2pm at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. The panel will also be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/cgs. Attendees and stream viewers can expect a discussion of both how to prepare your esports athlete, team, venue, or organization for sponsorship opportunities as well as how brands can better utilize esports athletes and properties to take their marketing to the next level.

“This talk will help esports athletes, teams, and venues prepare to not just land a well established brand sponsorship but also give them real value for their contributions,” says Michael Everett Creative Director of Carolina Games Summit. “Additionally it will help brands understand how to activate esports sponsorships properly and see real benefit from them.”

Ed Tomasi has been in the esports industry of over 15 years, and is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director for Subnation, which celebrates the culture and lifestyle of gaming. Prior to Subnation, Tomasi was the Vice President of ESL's Turtle Entertainment America, a division of the world's largest esports company, leading the entertainment industry with online and onsite competitions. Tomasi also Co-Founded and served as Vice President of ESS, one of the first esports agency in the United States that advised brands on connecting with the gaming and esports communities. A resident of Apex, NC, Tomasi is co-chair of the Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee, which recently helped secure the Rainbow Six Raleigh Major and put North Carolina back on the global esports map.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About SUBNATION
Subnation is a content and live experience platform that celebrates the culture of gaming and lifestyle of esports. It also offers esports advisory services to brands and government organizations. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.subnation.gg

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

Posted by: Johnna Koonce - 01/28/20 @ 4:00PM

The Carolina Games Summit will feature the Notcho Friends live cast on Saturday, February 1st at 8pm at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. The panel will also be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/cgs and https://www.twitch.tv/notchofriends

Notcho Friends streams live every Wednesday around 8:30pm-ish, on https://www.twitch.tv/notchofriends, but if you can't make the live show you can listen to the audio on any podcast platform.

“Notcho Friends talks about anything and everything ranging from nerd to pop culture. Asking all the right questions and creating thought-provoking content with laughs included, Notcho Friends is a podcast and live stream you must check out!” - Johnna Koonce Executive Producer of the Carolina Games Summit.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Notcho Friends
You ever see a group of people and one of them is walking around wearing or doing something they absolutely shouldn't. Well, we're those friends that didn't tell you and let you act a fool. We're...Notcho Friends! We go live every Wednesday! Check us out onnotchofriends.com/ where you can find us on any platform for your listening needs!

About Katherine Rollins
I am the Oprah of the nerd world. I am the host of the Late Night Nerd Show on YouTube. I do interviews and reviews of anything and everything nerd/geek culture! I am not a professional cosplayer, I just do it for simple fun! I am also president and CEO of Stay Nerdy Productions, LLC which houses 3 podcasts and 2 web shows including the Late Night Nerd Show. Catch me at: www.facebook.com/theHighHeeledGamer and theHighHeeledGamer.com

About Marcus Summers
I am a gamer who was mostly playing for fun. I am now looking to change that. For years now, I have been building up to go on my own. After being in the IT field for over 10 years (yes, I know that's not a lot), with the jobs that I have, the places I have been, and the people I have learned from and taught, I feel like it's time to spread my wings and fly. This is the reason that MajorsHouse.com. It was a place where I can talk about gaming and tech, the two things that I am passionate about. It's also a place where we can have a free exchange of ideas about these topics and grow. MajorsHouse.com has seen several changes over the eight years its been live. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.MajorsHouse.com

About Jimmy Farrow
1/3 of @NotchoFriends! I use punctuation-- judge me. Twitch/XBox Live/Steam/Blizzard: JayDukes #USNavyVeteran JayDukes

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

A Dungeon and Dragons panel will be conducted by Aaron Washington, Christian Beltran, Tanner Parker, Nicholas Dowden, and Mike Shaw. The panel titled "Dungeons & Dragons: A Beginners Guide" will be held on January 31st at 7:00 PM in The Maxwell Center, Room G.

Have you ever wanted to start your own D&D adventure but didn't know how? Have you ever wanted to create awesome characters with elaborate backstories to wow the DM and your party? DM World and Coffee & Critters:

make they to the Carolina Games Summit on January 31st & February 2nd to give you some natural 20 insight on how to get started, and what you need as a player and as a Dungeon Master.

“Aaron Washington and his crew have gained all knowledge of Dungeons & Dragons far precedes that of any normal campaign. This panel will be a great opportunity for fellow gamers to learn how to expand and even create their campaigns” --Johnna Koonce, Executive Producer of the Carolina Games Summit.

The panel will be defining tabletop RPGs as well as how to get started and what you need to play and compare tabletop RPGs to video games that allow choices. How do you get started? Where do I find a game to join? How do I become the DM? All these questions and more can be answered during the Q & A and worst player's choices section!

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Aaron Washington

Aaron Washington has been involved in Tabletop RPGs for 15+ years now as a player and a DM (Dungeon Master). He is an aspiring fiction writer as well as building his own tabletop RPG system. Washington is currently running Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, Warhammer 40k Rogue Trader, and homebrew based on the FairyTale Anime and recently founded DmWorld to show others the joy of Dungeons and Dragons. Over the past year, Aaron with the help of Nicholas and Mike has aired a podcast Coffee and Crits.

About Christian Beltran
Christian Beltran has a wide range of running experience (6+yrs) from D&D 4th/5th Editions, World of Darkness/Chronicles of Darkness, and the greatest of which is for Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary. He has also played in a wide range of games: Maid to Dark Conspiracy. Christian also helps with running a 3yr+ online community for VTM (Vampire: The Masquerade) that was started by The Gentleman Gamer, Matthew Dawkins (Youtuber, Tabletop Writer, Dad) called “Vampire the Masquerade Youtube Experiment”, where people all over the world can Roleplay in an open setting in the fictional city of New Sarum.

About Tanner Parker
Creator and DM of a One Piece d20 Homebrew for 9 years, Creator of a Harry Potter RPG homebrew and creator of the Transcended RPG.

About Nicholas Dowden
With 12+ years of DM and Player experience, Mr. Dowden is a seasoned veteran of various RPGs including 3rd/5th edition D&D, Pathfinder, and Silver Age Sentinels. He has also recently started DMing professionally as well as working on starting a new LARP in the Jacksonville, NC area.

About Mike Shaw
Mike Shaw has been playing tabletop RPGs for 16+ years. He started with Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. He's been a DM Since then and has been creating his own world and game system. He has an excellent sense of Dungeon Mechanics and storytelling. He is also one of the hosts of the podcast coffee and crits.

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official website www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com:

Eve Madison of XRVR and Emi Vener of the Athena Alliance will join Para Smith, a local amateur esports athlete, in a discussion on women in the esports industry at the upcoming Carolina Games Summit on Saturday, February 1st, 5PM at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. The panel will also be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/cgs Viewers and attendees will gain an understanding of the esports industry from the perspective of women seeking to participate as both athletes and team administration.

“Every year we have seen a rise in the ratio of women registering for esports tournaments since we began recording in 2008.” states, Johnna Koonce, Executive Producer for the Carolina Games Summit. “That number still only represents about 15% of our total amateur esports competitors, we look forward to having more women compete in the future.”

Emi Vener is a cofounder of Athena Alliance, a recently announced gaming organization serving Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas. She has previously assisted in coordinating gaming nights for women with other local gaming organizations, as well as helping spread awareness and raise funds for Combat Female Veterans Families United during the Athena Alliance's first quarter charity drive.

Eve Madison is the co-owner and event coordinator of XRVR, a mobile virtual reality arcade based out of Rock Hill, SC. She has coordinated VR entertainment for events at Winthrop University, University of North Carolina, and various private events. She is also a co-founder of the Athena Alliance.

Para Smith has been attending events hosted by Carolina Games Summit since the East Coast Games Conference in 2019 where she placed 3rd in Rocket League 2v2 competition taking home cash and scholarship money. She has competed in tournaments for Rocket League and also training to compete in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. She was also a member of Triangle Delta Esports for six months.

“Emi Vener, Eve Madison, and Para Smith bring mentorship and advocacy to women in esports and it is my hope that through their dedication and hard work we will see more equal representation of all genders in future esports competitions,” says Michael Everett, Creative Director for the Carolina Games Summit.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About XRVR
XRVR: Esports Lounge & Virtual Reality is an arcade, VR arena, and esports-bar and lounge. XRVR offers immersion-scaleable VR experiences pulled from a library of over 200 games. While they find a location in Rock Hill, SC, their Mobile Reality Units (MRU's) are crisscrossing the Carolina's for both public and private events. Their MRU's allow you to go vanilla with just a VR headset; go full immersion with a haptic feedback suit, haptic gun, wireless headset and omnidirectional treadmill or land somewhere in between. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.xrvrcade.com

About Athena Alliance
The Athena Alliance is an initiative built and implemented by women in the Charlotte and surrounding areas looking to support and celebrate women in the gaming industry and beyond by hosting tournaments, outings, special events, and charity drives. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.facebook.com/athenaCLT

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

The Carolina Games Summit will feature a session titled: “Collegiate Esports: Current State of the Industry by Paul Christianson of Barton College on Saturday, February 1st at 6pm at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. The panel will also be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/cgs.

“College esports has seen significant growth in the last few months,” says Michael Everett Creative Director of Carolina Games Summit. “We are excited to get an update on collegiate esports from one of our closest universities, Barton College, who recently invested heavily in the esports space by building their own arena in late 2019.”

Paul Christianson currently serves as the Head Esports Coach at Barton College. Coach Christianson carries substantial knowledge of the competitive esports industry and is a past winner of the D&S Beverages Madden Bowl and multiple local Halo tournaments.

Aside from his duties as Head Coach of the esports team, Coach Christianson currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Barton College and carries advanced coaching certifications from the American Sport Education Program, Australian Sports Commission, IMG Academy, and Titleist Performance Institute.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Barton College
Located in Wilson, North Carolina, Barton College is an academic community of approximately 1,000 students and 200 faculty and staff. Nationally recognized for its programs in education, deaf education, nursing, and social work and for its championship athletic teams, the school maintains a close-knit atmosphere and emphasizes individual attention and engaged learning. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.bartonesports.com

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

Carolina Games Summit has again booked The Maxwell Center for their 2020 event in Goldsboro, N.C. The event has been expanded to include Friday, January 31st from 6pm - 11pm as well as Saturday, February 1st from 10am - 9pm.

“Friday attendees will be able to try out the games and equipment in a casual environment before a full day of competitive tournaments begins on Saturday.” states Michael Everett, Creative Director for Carolina Games Summit. “Friday allowed us to add large tournaments that need two days to complete, like Overwatch and Fortnite, while also hosting fun to watch tournaments such as VR sensation Beat Saber and all music no video game JS Joust.”

This year, Carolina Games Summit will welcome a special exhibit from Wesley Cannon, owner, and CEO of Hollywood History. Cannon's Goldsboro home has been featured in multiple magazines and shows including SYFY's “Hollywood Treasures” and the recently released Netflix series “Amazing Interiors”; showcasing his impressive collection of props, costumes, and other memorabilia. Cannon has also produced and acted in multiple films including one in the Puppet Master franchise and a newly completed zombie flick “Bridge of the Doomed” that will be released in 2020.

Cannon's exhibit will feature a variety of authentic Hollywood film memorabilia for guests to view, enjoy and some allowing with various photo opportunities. It will be included as part of the Carolina Games Summit and will be housed in a dedicated room at the Maxwell Center.

Complimenting Cannon's exhibit, horror-themed virtual reality games will be featured by XRVR: Esports Lounge and Virtual Reality Arcade XRVR features over thirty different games and travels throughout the Carolina's providing VR games for public and private events. This year, they will highlight popular horror games including “Paranormal Activity” and “Dreadhalls”, as well as a variety of different escape rooms.

XRVR is also proud to bring multiplayer VR to the Carolina Games Summit in 2020, allowing players to go head-to-head in challenging and exciting scenarios. For the more daring players, XRVR will host a “SuperHot” tournament, in which players will punch, shoot, and dodge their way to the highest score of the day.

“In 2019 The Maxwell Center allowed us to produce the event we have been trying to create since 2006,” said Michael Everett, Creative Director for the Carolina Games Summit. “We look forward to expanding that vision and creating something truly special for our attendees.”

The Carolina Games Summit will be held Friday, January 31st from 6pm - 11pm and Saturday, February 1st from 10am - 9pm. This will include video game bands, a cosplay contest, tabletop gaming, and speakers from video game development companies. Representatives from colleges and schools will be on site to discuss career opportunities within video game development, art, and film production curriculums.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About Hollywood History
Hollywood History was created by CEO Wesley Cannon to share with other collectors, and allow them the ability to own a piece of film and television history. They offer genuine, authentic memorabilia that has been preserved with care by the dedicated collector himself. They offer services to help make consignment and trading easy for those ready to take on the tedious process. For more information about Hollywood History and their available collection pieces, visit: www.hollywoodhistoryonline.com

About XRVR
XRVR: Esports Lounge & Virtual Reality is an arcade, VR arena and esports-bar and lounge. XRVR, offers immersion-scaleable VR experiences pulled from a library of over 200 games. While they find a location in Rock Hill, SC, their Mobile Reality Units (MRU's) are crisscrossing the Carolina's for both public and private events. Their MRU's allow you to go vanilla with just a VR headset; go full immersion with a haptic feedback suit, haptic gun, wireless headset and omnidirectional treadmill or land somewhere in between. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.xrvrcade.com

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

About The Maxwell Center
The Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center, referred to as The Maxwell Center is Eastern North Carolina's high-end venue opened in March 2018 and located in Goldsboro, NC. It features state of the art audio-visual equipment. This new showpiece is now hosting many local, regional, and statewide events that add to the economic income of Goldsboro and Wayne County. The Maxwell Center is owned and managed by the County of Wayne. The City of Goldsboro is a partner in the undertaking by supplying land and support to this great project. The Maxwell Center provides many in-house services that include beverages, audiovisual, internet access, electrical and trade show decorating services, creating ease and convenience for any event. Working with regional caterers, The Maxwell Center offers a list of delicious food options. Additional information can be found on the official web site:www.themaxwellcenter.com

Carolina Games Summit announces CORSAIR will be the exclusive provider of high-performance PC peripherals for their 2020 event season. The first event of the year is the upcoming Carolina Games Summit on Friday, January 31st, 6pm - 11pm and Saturday, February 1st, 10am - 9pm at The Maxwell Center in Goldsboro, NC. This event will feature custom-built PCs with headphones, mice, and keyboards provided by CORSAIR.

Johnna Koonce, Executive Producer for the Carolina Games Summit, states “Our focus is to give amateur esports athletes access to professionally run tournaments, having a standard set of high-end equipment is imperative to achieving this goal. She continues, “CORSAIR delivers the type of equipment we need to run professional-level esports events consistently throughout the year.”

CORSAIR has grown from pioneering the high-performance DRAM market into one of the world’s leading providers of high-performance gaming and streaming products. CORSAIR offers a complete range of products to equip gamers, enthusiasts, and esports athletes, including mechanical keyboards, precision gaming mice, wireless headsets, premium PC components, and the CORSAIR ONE fully-integrated gaming PC.

Attendees to any of the Carolina Games Summit events in 2020 will be able to test out CORSAIR'S award-winning products prior to making a purchase. In addition, they can be confident that every gaming station will have quality peripherals for their tournament use.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site,www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the tournaments, exhibitors, and additional event details. Contact the event organizers at info@carolinagamessummit.com for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.

About CORSAIR
Founded in 1994, CORSAIR has grown from pioneering the high-performance DRAM market into one of the world’s leading providers of high-performance gaming and streaming products. CORSAIR offers a complete range of products to equip gamers, enthusiasts, and esports athletes, including mechanical keyboards, precision gaming mice, wireless headsets, premium PC components, and the CORSAIR ONE fully-integrated gaming PC. With a company-wide commitment to quality, innovative design, advanced features, and high-performance, CORSAIR products have won thousands of media and industry awards, earning their place in gamers’ hands and PCs following years of development and engineering by a team dedicated to building great products that they themselves would want to use.

In 2018 CORSAIR acquired Elgato Gaming, a manufacturer of streaming products. In 2019 CORSAIR acquired Origin Computers, a manufacturer of custom high-performance gaming PCs and laptops, and SCUF Gaming, an innovator and creator of high-performance gaming controllers.

You can learn more about CORSAIR at www.corsair.com or on your favorite social media platforms.

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit® hosts events throughout the year to give amateur esports enthusiasts access to professionally run tournaments as well as industry advice and contacts. Our goal is to provide a clear path for all individuals seeking a career in professional gaming through scholarships, educational opportunities, and professionally run tournaments. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com

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