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Episode 53: The eSports explosion is turning childhood dreams into a $1.5 Billion Industry

Episode 53: The eSports explosion is turning childhood dreams into a $1.5 Billion Industry

March 31, 2020

Host: Penny Conway

Co-Host: Rob McIntosh

Guest: Danik Inselman, Key Account Manager at LG Electronics

 

With the current state of the world and traditional sports at a near stand-still, esports is positioned to explode at a greater rate than initially anticipated for 2020 and beyond. Esports is a growing industry that is outnumbering HBO, Netflix, and ESPN combined in viewership. How is this happening? What are the predictions for esports in the near future? Danik Inselman is diving deep into the topic, sharing why there is a very promising future for the esports industry. The statistics are simply impressive: In 2019 the audience for esports was 194 million people and it is projected to reach 276 million for 2022 — this is a similar audience size as the NFL. Esports is also projected to be a $1.5 billion industry in 2020 and it is expected to reach $2.3 billion in 2022. To top it off, esports is currently being considered to become an Olympic Games sport. This industry is meant to blow your mind!

Reach out to the Connection Team and your LG sales rep for more.

Email us at podcast@connection.com 

Key takeaways:

[1:28] Danik Inselman talks about his professional journey.

[3:09] What does esports feel like to a gamer?

[4:31] In 2019 the audience for esports was 194 million people, the prize pool was $113 million, and it is projected that in 2022 the esports audiences will reach 276 million, a similar size to that of the NFL.

[5:20] Traditional sports are declining in terms of viewership while esports offers a new beginning.

[5:58] The current situation with COVID19 and its effect on esports.

[7:13] Danik shares the secret behind the rapid growth of esports.

[8:14] The profile of the esports player is broad, nearly anyone can play.

[10:01] Danik presents a brief history of gaming.

[11:30] Danik explains how the involvement and interest of colleges in esports changed the industry.

[12:24] What is LG offering to the esports arena?

[15:55] Danik talks about the holy grail in the gamer’s industry: an incredibly fast gaming IPS monitor.

[17:08] 200 colleges in the 2018-2019 school year offered $16 million in esports scholarships.

[17:31] A "test" showcase in Tokyo is planned to determine if esports will be considered a legitimate sport.

[18:16] Streaming is a huge part of esports.

[20:10] Esports are offering an opportunity for children that would never practice a traditional sport.

[22:11] The scenario for different generations using esports simultaneously.

 [23:57] How can schools start engaging with the LG team to develop an esports program?

 

Learn more about Danik Inselman:

Danik has a BS in Business, specializing in Computer Science, a BTh in Theology, certificates in Robotics from Allen Bradley and will soon be testing for his CTS. He has been in this industry for more than 15 years and is an avid gamer. Danik worked for Connection for numerous years before working for LG.

Email Danik at Dan.inselman@lge.com

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Caldwell University’s partnership with LG

Episode 52: The New Normal For Businesses Across the Country

Episode 52: The New Normal For Businesses Across the Country

March 26, 2020

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What the Tech Just Happened on the TechSperience channel joins the rest of the world and goes remote.  On this episode, Penny and Rob discuss bandwidth issues on the internet, creativity on social media, Robots, Drones, facial recognition and the challenges and joys of working from home!  

Host: Penny Conway

Co Host: Rob McIntosh

Episode 51: SaaS and UCaaS and DaaS -Oh My!  The Wizard of Device as a Service

Episode 51: SaaS and UCaaS and DaaS -Oh My! The Wizard of Device as a Service

March 24, 2020

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We're not in Kansas anymore as Penny Conway and Sarah Bates take us down the yellow brick road of subscription services leading us to what's behind the IT curtain of strategic device management. Courageous IT decision makers have decided to look at the heart of their operational and financial problems and discovered this no-brainer solution.

TechSperience's 51st episode simplifies and demystifies DaaS and how it can relate to your business no matter what the scale.

Host: Rob McIntosh

Guest: Penny Conway, Connection's Product Manager Device as a Service for HP

Guest: Sarah Bates, HP Partner Business Manager for Business Solutions

 

Episode 50: Working Remote and How To Make The Most Of IT

Episode 50: Working Remote and How To Make The Most Of IT

March 19, 2020

Working Remotely? Educating from the home?  Currently we're all dealing with a new normal as well as some extreme challenges. Conversely, there are opportunities we may never had the chance to embrace without being faced with this adversity.  Listen to our 50th Episode on the TechSperience channel as Penny and Rob discuss the brighter side to "self quarantine" 

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Innovation and Productivity will be the by-product of the new Voluntary Remote Workforce. 

Discussion topics: Top 3 things Employers should have top of mind during the Coronavirus pandemic and the top 3 things employees can do to improve their time at home.

Host: Penny Conway

Cohost: Rob McIntosh

Episode 49: Future-Proofing the Classroom and Unleashing the Power of  Interactive Displays

Episode 49: Future-Proofing the Classroom and Unleashing the Power of Interactive Displays

March 17, 2020

Host: Penny Conway

Guest: Brett Hurley, Regional Sales Manager - ViewSonic

 

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The modern classroom is racing to keep up with the modern student.  Kids are growing up interacting with everything and actual expect a certain level of interactivity when it comes to technology in education. 

In this episode, Penny speaks with Brett Hurley, an expert from ViewSonic as they talk about interactive collaboration displays and all the incredible new features that help bring learning to a tech level that will blow your mind.  

 

Microsoft Surface and Teams - the Technology Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Microsoft Surface and Teams - the Technology Peanut Butter and Jelly!

March 16, 2020

The Rise in the remote workforce and the merging of hardware and software.  No better partner than Microsoft's surface and teams to get you through.  Check out this episode of Tech Two With Tyler and hear our expert speak to a solution you may be overlooking in this weeks two minute drill!

Host: Tyler Meckes

Guest: Daniel Sanon- Partner Develop Manager for Microsoft Surface Line.

 

Episode 48: The Effects of the Coronavirus on Technology

Episode 48: The Effects of the Coronavirus on Technology

March 12, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the material discussed in this episode is of a timely nature and the situation around COVID-19 is fluid and fast moving. In the short time that elapsed since our recording (March 10th), the World Health Organization has officially declared the disease a pandemic.

In this special edition of "What the Tech Just Happened", Learn how AI and Data Science are playing a crucial role in the Covid-19 outbreak.  Learn what BlueDot understood about activity around Wuhan, China 9 days before the World Health Organization issued a public statement.  Also learn how Tech companies are responding to the demands of Business to move their work-force to a remote model. Schools and universities are facing similar challenges as they turn to their on-line models during the pandemic.  

Host: Penny Conway

Guest: Jamal Khan, President of Global Digital and eCommerce Marketing for Connection.

Guest: Lane Shelton, VP and Principal Consultant for Microsoft Center of Excellence for Connection

Guest: Andre Stoykovich: Program Manager for Cisco

 

You can read the transcript of this episode here

Lenovo’s collaborative smart device in 2 minutes

Lenovo’s collaborative smart device in 2 minutes

March 10, 2020

Tech Two with Tyler takes a look at the Lenovo ThinkSmart View work place personal assistant.  Be more effective and more collaborative at a low price point.

 

Host Tyler: Meckes

Burt Kersey:  Channel Account Manager for Lenovo

Mac as a Service and Everything Apple in Under 5 Minutes!

Mac as a Service and Everything Apple in Under 5 Minutes!

March 9, 2020

Tech 2 with Tyler covers the exploding world of Apple and how company's are utilizing "Mac as a Service".  Tyler and his guest Steve Dougherty, discuss some new services to make tech purchasing easier, cost-effective and scalable!  Enjoy the latest from Tyler and Apple.

Host: Tyler Meckes

Guest: Steve Dougherty- Apple Business Development Specialist

Episode 47: A Look at 5G Now and When!

Episode 47: A Look at 5G Now and When!

March 3, 2020

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Host: Penny Conway

CoHost: Rob McIntosh

Guest: Matt Skoog - Partner Development Specialist for Mobility

Matt Skoog joins us in the studio and shares his knowledge of 5G technology.  Where it is now, where it's going and a look at the different networks - Not all 5G is created equal. 

Listen to the discussion and learn how 5G is affecting just about every industry it touches.

 

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