Deep Dive Esports Conference Focuses on Women in Esports

The next big esports conference in California is focused on the role of women in the industry. Inven Global Esports Deep Dive will be held at the University of California-Irvine on May 1 and includes leading ladies in esports, from shout-casters to top-level developers and game researchers.

Kim Phan, director of esports operations at Blizzard Entertainment, will provide the keynote address for the event. Phan's history at Blizzard includes multiple senior producer and senior manager positions throughout Blizzard's corporate divisions. Phan has worked on all of the publisher's most popular franchises including World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.

Renown esports shout-caster and general manager for the London Spitfire Overwatch League team, Susie Kim, will moderate two pannels at the conference. Kim played an integral role in uniting the Western and South Korean gaming communities through her work as a translator.

Though the event is led by women, panel discussions are focused on far more than just the role of women in the industry. Discussion topics at the event include “should esports attempt to emulate traditional sports?,” and “how Korea is fostering the next generation of Fakers,” a reference to Faker, the most famous professional gamer in Korea.

Other speakers and attendees include Nicola Piggott, co-founder of the first international esports communications consultancy group; Anna Rozwandowicz, former VP of communications at ESL; Samantha Anton, coordinator at UCI Esports; Mizuko Ito, cultural anthropologist of technology use, and Constance Steinkuehler, A UCI researcher focused on games that improve cognitive well-being in young people.

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