What happens when rocket-powered cars play soccer? Rocket League comes to Rochester.
The LSI Conference kicks off Tuesday night, June 25, with an exciting esports event, featuring both gaming rock stars — taking on Fortnite, Minecraft, and Rocket League — and an actual rock star featured in video game Guitar Hero. Lou Gramm of Foreigner fame will take the stage to sing his hits, including Juke Box Hero and Head Games in between the gaming fun.
Esports is on a tremendous growth trajectory — a $1 billion industry that doubled in the last year alone. Come see why for yourself. Admission to the LSI esports event is free, but registration is required.
6:15 to 6:45 p.m.
Watch 24 players take on the world’s most popular video game, as Fortnite action streams across computer monitors and giant screens at the Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Teams are being assembled from the best players in the region — and four lucky winners can vie for spots on the Fortnite teams! Sign up to be entered for a Fortnite team spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Media sponsors for the Fortnite tournament for Roc Parent magazine and kidsoutandabout.com.
Plus, stations will be setup for Minecraft play throughout the event.
7 to 7:30 p.m.
Between the tournament and exhibition, a Talk Back session focused on esports and education will feature experts in this arena. This is your chance to ask questions about the future of this fast-growing phenomenon. The panel will cover the current state of professional, collegiate, and high school esports and how this growth elevates the status and appreciation of gaming, including the benefits of building strategic and fine-motor skills and social interaction.
Lori Bajorek, National Esports Association and ArtsROC Inc.
Panelists: SPONSORED BY Greenlight Networks
Trinidad Hermida, Niantic, the Pokemon Go Company
Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager
Quanira Irby, Microsoft
Community Development Specialist
Scott Kleper, Twitch
Mobile Developer/IOS Developer
Tyler Schrodt, Electronic Gaming Federation
CEO and Founder and RIT Alumnus
Chad Weeden, Rochester Institute of Technology
Asst. Director, School of Interactive Games and Media and Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, and Director of RIT Esports
The first esports exhibition of its kind for this region! Catch all the action as RIT Esports take on Splyce’s professional Rocket League team from Toronto in a best of seven series. Rocket League is high-speed, adrenalin-pumping, interactive fun. And the crowd can cheer along, watching it all unfold on a big screen at the Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Professionally casted by Squidd, who worked with the Renegade series.
Attendance is limited. Register to reserve your place today.