Discussion

Are eSports real?

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There are few current trends in media and entertainment that are as dramatic and fast growing as eSports. Currently worth over a billion dollars globally, eSports provides unparalleled access for everyone across the globe to participate, connect, and enjoy. We know, however, that big business comes at a hefty price and therefore eSports needs to be taken more seriously.

This discussion will ask how a phenomenon—growing out of the humble origins of arcade tournaments and online game play-throughs—became a multi-billion-dollar industry, and at what price?

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  • Program credits

    Spencer Striker

    Spencer Striker is an associate professor in residence at Northwestern Qatar, teaching Digital Media Design. Striker’s work centers on interaction design, mobile media, digital media and learning, video games and entrepreneurship. He is the creator of History Adventures, World of Characters—a fully interactive digital learning series that presents a fresh approach to history education—and Dr. Sara: Disease Detective, a mobile game about epidemiology. Striker received his PhD in digital media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin.

    Khalifa Haroon

    Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon is the founder of IloveQatar.net and the I Love Qatar (ILQ) network, content-based platforms that have been celebrating the diversity of Qatar’s community for over 12 years. In 2018 he founded, Store974, Qatar’s first PC gaming store and in 2022, he was selected as a Board Member of the Qatar eSports Federation. Al Haroon is also the founder of Raqami TV, an Arabic technology platform with over 3 million subscribers. His love of technology led to the launch of Geek Street, a new gaming concept embracing Qatar’s geek community.

    Mohammed Al-Qassabi

    Mohammed Al-Qassabi is an Information Systems graduate from Carnegie Mellon University Qatar. He is the inventor of OPAS, a tool that analyzes players performances during the match and helps football referees decide to enforce the offside rule. Al-Qassabi is also the Head of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence department at Qatar Scientific Club, where he hosts various scientific workshops and manages robotics related projects.