PantherLAN Fall 2019
Saturday November 9th, 2019 doors open at 9am. Gaming and streams begin at 10am. Tournament is expected to end at approximately 5pm.
GSU Stadium University Club 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/oWGoPQdU2vdJeKX78
GSU Stadium Parking
GSU Twitch Streams
The Fall 2019 PantherLAN will be streamed live on the following Twitch channels starting at 10am November 9th:
- League of Legends, SMITE, Paladins, Overwatch
- Hearthstone, Brawlhalla, Dragonball Fighter Z, Tekken
Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
PantherLAN Industry Pro Panels
The Fall PantherLAN Industry Pro Panels will be held in the GSU Stadium University Club directly adjacent to the exhibitor area. Learn tips and tricks from industry professionals during one or more of these free panels hosted by the Georgia Game Developer’s Association https://ggda.org/.
Date: November 9, 2019
Registration: Free, on-site
Location: GSU Stadium University Club 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
10am-11am: Esports Coaching with David Huber, Levoski Brown and Andrew Greenberg
As more and more people look to compete at the highest levels, they realize they cannot do it alone. The most successful work with coaches What can a coach do for you? Do you have what it takes to become one?
11am-12pm: Esports Branding with Annie Lian, Kat De Shields-Moon and Levoski Brown
Some people are already succeeding in esports, and the ones who are doing it the best have a clear vision of what they’re trying to create. From player to team to streamer, the ones you remember have a clear brand in mind. Everything they do reinforces this. Join us as we discuss how to both establish a brand and maintain it in the face of the saltiest situations.
12pm-1pm: Going Pro in Esports with Allie Young, Wesley Acuff and Reign
This is the dream for many competitors and it is more attainable now than it has ever been before. Still, going pro is not for everyone. What does it take, and is there a place for you at the highest level?
1pm-2pm: Esports Health and Fitness with Brian Finn, Matt Lopez and Lauren Cicinelli
Esports don’t give you concussion, but they have their own fitness challenges. You cant compete for four or more hours unless you are in shape, and injuries ca derail your career in an instant. Learn how to prepare yourself for competition and keep yourself in shape.
2pm-3pm: Twitch Success
Levoski T Brown, Esports Management Professional
A passionate gamer and dedicated business growth and development professional, Levoski has managed for 3 professional esports teams over the last 5 years. In this time, he has created company infrastructure for staff and directors, established lasting business. Partnerships with endemic & non-endemic sponsors, and developed aspiring players into full-fledged professional competitors.It is his mission to uphold competitive integrity and build brands & programs that set the standard globally.
Wesley Acuff joined the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena in 2018. In his role as Team Manager and Head Coach of Hawks Talon GC (NBA 2K League), he focuses on player operations and in-game strategy. Additionally, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the team and assists with business operations.
Previously, Wesley served in various production roles such as Producer, Editor and Camera Operator, with Turner Sports and NBA Digital from 2008 to 2018. In this capacity, he was responsible for Producing Digital shows and Sizzle Reels for Corporate Sponsors, which helped generate revenue for Turner Sports.
Prior to entering into management in the eSports industry, Wesley was recognized as one of the Top 250 NBA 2K Players in the world prior to the inaugural NBA 2K League 2018 Season.He holds a BS in Digital Film-Making and Video Production from The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles.
Best known for his work on roleplaying and computer games, Andrew Greenberg runs the Georgia Game Developers Association and Georgia Esports League. He recently began the N2 Esports youth league to give children a safe learning environment in which to become better at games. He chairs both the DeKalb Entertainment Commission and the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo. Greenberg has credits on more than 100 game products and is currently porting the Noble Armada: Lost Worlds PC game to PS4, Xbox and Switch.
Entrepreneur Allie Young is the CEO and Founder of Axis Replay, the first-of-its kind entertainment and event facility for video games and esports. Axis Replay exists to provide gamers and their friends with a fun and social in-person gaming experience that enables them to build stronger connections. She also serves on the board of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce.
Prior, Young was the CEO and Founder of Alcovy Media where she was responsible for building the sales team, operations, strategic growth, and development. During Young’s tenure at Alcovy Media, she built the company to a $1.5M / year in revenues serving clients like Capitol Records, the US Army, and the Essence Festival along with successful political campaigns for SPLOST, eSPLOST, workforce initiatives, with strong results in event marketing.
An avid video gamer since her 20s, she used her knowledge of the sales and marketing industry along with her passion for gaming to create Axis Replay with the goal to bring gamers together. Allie brings the understanding, leadership, and organization to her role as CEO to ensure the success of Axis Replay. With a knack for building strong relationships and collaboration, she is a visionary with a unique perspective on innovation and thinking outside the box.
Annie is the founding president of Esports at the University of Georgia; and is receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Computer Science in December 2019. She works at Axis Replay as the Marketing & Project Admin where she oversees marketing efforts and all internal and external events. On the weekends, she volunteers at local animal shelters, draws, plays video games, and does event photography for lans and cons. Annie enjoys playing MMORPGs the most but will also try to learn other games whether it be PC, console, or TCG. She enjoys creating processes to determining the most efficient ways to maximize productivity.
Kat De Shields-Moon, PR & Partnerships Manager, Skillshot Media
Kat’s first taste of gaming came from watching her parents play Myst after they got home from work. Ever since, she’s been an avid gamer with a deep love for eccentric and heartfelt indie games. After a few years as a newspaper journalist, she entered the marketing and PR world working for nonprofits, publicly traded companies, and small businesses. Her first role in the gaming industry was as a video games journalist and communications manager for GameSkinny followed by an online marketing role promoting indie games for Novy Unlimited. In 2018, she joined Skillshot Media, as a senior esports community specialist for Realm Royale. Currently, she works as the PR and Partnerships Manager at Skillshot. Kat has a BA in Journalism from Hampton University, and an MFA in Writing from SCAD.
2019 Spring PantherLAN Exhibitors
|404 Esports||4O4 eSports is the premier place in Atlanta for daily eSports events, offering gamers a place to enjoy video games in a variety of ways.|
|Atlanta Film Society||Now celebrating its 42-year history, the mission of the Atlanta Film Society (ATFS) is connect, educate, and engage audiences with the creative industry by supporting artists and providing a platform for their work. ATFS champions cultural discovery, fosters artistic growth, and advocates for diverse voices in film and media arts, both locally and worldwide.|
|Axis Replay||Axis Replay is an entertainment and event facility for video games and eSports. Our unique facility allows for small to medium sized esports and high-tech conference events.|
|Career Services, GSU||University Career Services is a comprehensive career services center dedicated to the success of all Georgia State University students.|
|Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII)||The CMII organizes advanced technology media and arts training for GSU students preparing to start careers in the entertainment and information industries.|
|Creators Lounge||Creators Lounge is studio in Flowery Branch, Georgia, that specializes in live streaming corporate or music events, videography, video gaming, photography, DJing, mixing, and mastering, podcasting, and green screen work. We have created the perfect environment for content creators to relax and create whatever ideas come to mind.|
|Digital Learners to Leaders||The DLL program provides opportunities for student leaders to demonstrate to future employers their digital skillsets through leadership, academic and interpersonal success.|
|Floyd County Productions||Floyd County Productions is an animation studio in Atlanta, GA known for producing Archer, Unsupervised, and Chozen, plus animation for various live-action shows.|
|GA Game Developers Association||GGDA promotes the growth and success of game manufacturers in Georgia by providing oversight and guidance of government and academic involvement, identification and availability of resources, creation and application of best practices and certifications.|
|Georgia State Television (GSTV)||GSTV provides opportunities for students to develop their news coverage skills via a collection of news reports over the calendar year covering issues and events on campus in Atlanta.|
|GSU Esports||The GSU Esports team provides opportunties for competition as well as student participation in broadcasting, production and marketing of eSports and tournaments, coaching, student management and game development.|
|GSU PantherHackers||Promoting Hacker/Maker Culture at GSU! Bringing together individuals to leverage technology, design, and business to creatively solve problems.|
|High Rez / Skillshot Media||Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment and is now one of the largest video game studios in the Southeast United States.|
|Innovative Media Club (IMC)||The IMC gives students the opportunity to connect with media and creative technologies, to develop media entrepreneurial support and to build partnerships with local media companies.|
|International Animated Film Association (ASIFA)||ASIFA was established in 1960 as a non-profit corporation devoted to cultivating and promoting the art, craft and profession of Animation.|
|iSimu VR Arcade||iSimu VR is Georgia’s premier virtual reality arcade. With over 40+ virtual reality games and experiences, there’s something to keep both the kids and adults fully entertained.|
|Johnson STEM Activity Center||Johnson STEM Activity Center, Inc. (JSAC) was established March 13, 2017 with a mission to provide funding for activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the underserved students of Georgia with a focus on Atlanta and, initially, robotics.|
|Madness and Company||Independent merchandise and apparel brand designed and developed by husband and wife Kenneth and Indyasia Fowler.|
|Microsoft Stores||Shop for the latest software and technology products from Microsoft Store. Experience the best of Microsoft with easy online shopping.|
|Panther Entertainment Group||Panther Entertainment Group (PEG) was founded in 2013 with the purpose of educating students on the structure and formalities of the entertainment industry. Aspiring music moguls came together to learn and grow as entertainment professionals.|
|Panther Gaming||The official gaming club at Georgia State University. We welcome all gamers, regardless of game. We are a Tespa chapter!|
|Southern-Fried Gaming Expo||The SFGE is a 3-day fan convention focused exclusively on gaming. The expo boasts over 250 full-sized arcade games, pinball machines and console systems, along with tabletop gaming, vendors, special guest speakers, a film fest, wrestling, tournaments and more!|
|Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)||TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances Georgia’s tech-based economy.|
|Vive||The HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation. The headset uses “room scale” tracking technology, allowing the user to move in 3D space and use motion-tracked handheld controllers to interact with the environment.|
|VS Realm||eSports in Atlanta resides here! A gym for gamers – casual, amateur, pro, and everyone in-between. Game genres -board, trading card, tabletop, console, and more!|
Event Details for Exhibitors
PantherLAN Fall 2019
Saturday November 9, 2019 doors open at 9am. Gaming and streams begin at 10am. Tournament is expected to end at approximately 5pm.
GSU Stadium University Club 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/oWGoPQdU2vdJeKX78
GSU Stadium Parking
- Please request prior to event: Exhibitors requiring power for their displays are asked to contact Lisa Ferrell at firstname.lastname@example.org to make these arrangements.
- The request must detail the equipment to be powered and how it will be used during the event. Specific model numbers and manufacturer information and specifications may be needed.
- Exhibitors must supply their own power strips and surge protectors as well as an extension cord that will reach at least 25’ for each power strip needed for the exhibitor’s table.
- GSU reserves the right to revoke access to electrical power at any time during the event.
Digital Content for GSU Twitch Streams
Digital content may be supplied by the following categories of exhibitors for inclusion on the Georgia State Esports Twitch Streams:
- Student groups.
- GSU divisions, departments and units.
- Private sponsors of the GSU Esports program.
- Video specifications – 16:9 aspect ratio at 1080p resolution in MP4 format. 15 sec to 1 min in length is acceptable.
- Image specifications – 16:9 aspect ratio at 1080p resolution in jpg or png format. Static images should be accompanied by a 15 to 30 second script to be read by our casters. Slide shows or static images with audio tracks should be submitted as videos (see above).
- Submissions – Program content should be sent to Amy Walker email@example.com using your preferred file sharing service such as Dropbox etc. Content MUST be received by 10am Wednesday November 6th to be considered for the streaming feeds for the Fall 2019 PantherLAN.
- Content decisions – GSU Esports reserves the right to make the final determination as to what content is displayed during the feeds and how often the content is streamed.
Exhibitor Load in/out and Setup
- Load in dates/times – 9am-5pm Friday November 8th or 7am-8am Sat November 9th.
- Load out date/time – After 5pm Sat November 9th. Requests for earlier load outs can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.
- Stadium Plaza – Exhibitors may park in the stadium plaza and use dollies or carts (supplied by exhibitor) to bring items into the club for setup.
- Tables and chairs – By default, each exhibitor will be provided one 6’ x 2.5’ rectangular folding table and one folding chair. Requests for additional tables and chairs can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.
- Food & beverages – Concessions will be available in the arena during the event on Saturday April 6th. Exhibitors are welcome to bring food and (non-alcoholic) beverages to their tables at the event.
- Wi-Fi – Guest WiFi credentials will be provided to all exhibitors at the event.
- All Exhibitor tables must be fully covered and exhibitors must supply tablecloths for their table / displays at PantherLAN. Tables provided will be rectangular and measuring either 6’ long or 8’ long provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Exhibitors must bring tablecloths that will cover the table regardless of size and extend the floor or to approx. within 6” above the floor. The tablecloths must be well cared for clean and intact. The table covering must be made of cloth, not paper or other materials unless approved in advance.
- PantherLAN reserves the right of final approval for any table coverings provided by exhibitors. If a covering is not adequate exhibitors will be required to rent a table cloth from GSU on the day of the event for $35.
Please contact CMII Project Manager and Fall PantherLAN exhibitor coordinator Lisa Ferrell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require additional assistance as an exhibitor for the Fall 2019 GSU PantherLAN.
Georgia State is organizing practice suites and a venue for tournament play and offering a small number of scholarships to supplement HOPE awards for those qualifying for National Association of Collegiate Esports tournament play. The Georgia Esports League plans to provide scholarships to students winning statewide events.
Orientation sessions and competitions to fill team slots with the most talented players are on-going. The university will start by connecting students to League of Legends and Smite competitions, but students playing on other platforms are also encouraged to join.
While advanced players are welcomed, students with wider games interest are also welcomed. Students interested in broadcasting and commentary, production and marketing of Esports and tournaments, coaching, student management and game development are encouraged to participate.
To receive future updates and announcements regarding Esports at Georgia State, please fill out our contact form.
Georgia State has affiliated with two organizations that enable national tournament competition and regional play:
The university has joined the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and its 33 affiliated varsity eSports programs (scholarship granting NACE universities include UC-Irvine, Western Kentucky University and the University of Utah). Georgia State students will be eligible to compete for team positions in competitions.
Georgia State is also among Georgia universities starting the Georgia Esports League (GEL), which begins tournament play in fall 2017. Along with Georgia State, students from Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, the University of North Georgia and others will compete in the game “Brawlhalla.”