Esports: Scenes from Panel & Play at LaunchPad City

Industry leaders talked about what's next in the evolution of esports at LaunchPad City on Thursday.

Panel and Play: Esports at Launchpad City in Frisco, Texas

Frisco ranks high on the scoreboard for a gaming capital, said panelists at a Panel & Play event hosted by LaunchPad City on Thursday. North Texas leaders gathered to talk about the rise of esports — and how the region fits into the mix. The panelists — Scott Beckmen, founder at Beckmen Law Firm; Gary Brubaker, director at SMU Guild Hall; Stephen Hays, partner at Deep Space Ventures; and Ryan Mussellman, COO of Optic Gaming at the Launchpad City event — are  leaders in their own niche industries which include education, regulatory, investment, and gaming. They opened the floor to questions from gaming enthusiasts, fans, and entrepreneurs.

Here’s a look behind the scenes.

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Photos by Jewels Clark

LaunchPad City welcomes eSports industry leaders to Sports City U.S.A.

Opening sentiments and introductions for the panelists.

A crowd gathered for the event to hear how they could find their fit in the gaming industry.

Coming together, people listened with ears open to hear what the panel had to say.

Nabil “Nebtune” Pervez of PVP Live was the MC for the event.

Scott Beckmen gives his industry advice on what was the next step in regulating gaming.

Jason Sigmon, lifelong eSports fan and industry insider was the panel moderator.

Stephen Hays explains why this market is so lucrative and how you should cash in.

Stephen Hays further explains the rapidly growing industry.

Ryan Mussellman gives his side of the narrative of where the gaming industry is headed.

Panelists Scott Beckmen, Founder at Beckmen Law Firm; Gary Brubaker, Director at SMU Guild Hall; Stephen Hays, Partner at Deep Space Ventures; and Ryan Mussellman, COO of Optic Gaming at the Launchpad City event. 

Ryan Mussellman listening and giving advice to young aspiring gamers.

Ryan Mussellman poses for a selfie with the young gamer.

All the panelists were talking and answering questions after the event to hungry young professionals.

Scott Beckmen answers question after the initial panel.

LaunchPad City aims to unlock the potential of the eSports industry in North Texas


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