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Thursday, September 3 • 10:00am - 10:45am
The Path to Pro: What It Takes to Play Games Professionally

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"Anyone can get it, but the hard part is keeping it!"

For most people, the thought of getting paid to play video games seems like a dream come true. But what separates your average gamer from a professional? Our panel seeks to answer this question, evaluate the gap, and explain what separates the great from the best.

Gain insights on what it takes to not only become a pro player, but more importantly, what it takes to stay at the top.

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Nick Ridgeway

Head Coach, Management, Team Leadership
Nick "Ashes" Ridgeway has worked in the esports industry for over a decade including a past as a competitor transitioning into now coaching, management and content creation. Over the last 5 years of his coaching career, he has accumulated 22 event championships, the most of any console... Read More →
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Andrew Cooley

CEO, Esports Performance Academy
Andrew Cooley’s background includes over 15 years in multiple levels of esports, ranging from: competing at a pro/semi-pro level, coaching, player management, and esports businesses management. Prior to co-founding Esports Performance Academy (EPA), he also founded State of Mind... Read More →
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Nabil Pervez

AoE Creative, Project Manager / Head Of Events
Nabil began working in esports in front of the camera as a shoutcaster and host. He began working for grassroots organizations to eventually working with Blizzard, Redbull, and Amazon. Eventually, he began a shift to working behind the camera on marketing teams. Nabil went on to work... Read More →
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Brian Mbipeh

CEO/Co-founder, E.X. Dojo
Brian "Docta Afrikan" Mbipeh is an esports community leader, and a fighting game specialist. Brian discovered esports through competitive fighting games in 2013, when he decided to become a professional Street Fighter player. The first large-scale tournament he traveled to was Evolution... Read More →

Thursday September 3, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am CDT
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