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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 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,, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at 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:

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:

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:

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