New Business of Games Summit brings renowned gaming experts to Athens Sept. 14

Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB Daria Fluor-Scacchi, Exponential Founder Josh Hong to present

September 7, 2017

National technology leaders and Internet-media entrepreneurs, educators and students will convene in Athens to talk about the business of digital games and eSports at Ohio University’s first annual Business of Games Summit on Thursday, Sept. 14 on the Athens campus.

Among many renowned industry representatives at the conference, Daria Fluor-Scacchi, production manager at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, will speak on “Women in the Digital Game Industry.” She will explore the underrepresentation of female participation in the digital game industry and the existing opportunities of working in the field.

“The digital game and eSports industry is experiencing explosive growth worldwide,” Paul Mass, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University and conference organizer, said. “We believe that Ohio University, the state of Ohio, and other parts of the Midwest can be home to innovation, talented entrepreneurs, and investment-worthy new business which contributes to this growth.”

While many industry conferences focus on technology and development of games, this conference will focus on the business aspects and will present speakers and panels focusing on the perspectives of young entrepreneurs, investors, developers, publishers, players and spectators. The summit is hosted by Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship (CE), a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, along with the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, a part of the Scripps College of Communication.

A highlight of the conference, the Ohio Business of Games Case Competition will enable students to get hands-on experience in pitching an idea for an eSports event in conjunction with next year’s Business of Games Summit in Fall 2018. Prizes for first and second place include a trip to the GDEX conference in Columbus Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 and a $100 VISA gift card.

Closing out the conference, the keynote address from Joshua Hong, founder and general partner of Exponential, will focus on what it means to be a startup entrepreneur in the online game industry, the entrepreneurial mindset required to be successful, how to attract and assess opportunities and turn them into results, and why Ohio and the Midwest can be one of the nation’s epicenters of startup revolution in the business.

“The state of Ohio is a perfect place for new and existing game companies to set up shop,” John Bowditch, director of the GRID Lab, said. “With a high quality of living, exceptional universities, and an expansive entrepreneurial ecosystem forming throughout the state, Ohio is a prime location for future startups.”

The summit will take place in Baker Center Ballroom and will be followed by a reception and open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the GRID Lab, located on the second floor of Scripps Hall.

Admission to the summit is free, but registration is recommended. For the complete Ohio University Business of Games Summit agenda or to register, visit http://gridlab.ohio.edu/bogs/.