Geaux Play Esports

Geaux Play Esports

Geaux Play Esports is a weekly podcast hosted by Christopher Turner that features exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the video game industry. Focusing on the emergence of esports at the K-12,collegiate, and professional level.

Episodes

June 11, 2021 29 min
Mike Rufail is the founder and CEO of Envy Gaming, Inc., which owns and operates popular esports franchise Team Envy as well as the Dallas Fuel in the Overwatch League and the Dallas Empire in the Call of Duty League.

Envy began as a professional Call of Duty team in 2007 and has grown into one of the largest and most winning esports groups in the world. Today, Envy competes, streams, and produces content and events across multiple ...
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Wim Stocks has been a progressive leader in the online gaming and esports businesses since 1990. From 2001 to 2006, Wim was Executive Vice President of the “new” Atari Inc. (a roll-up and amalgam of Hasbro Interactive, Infogrames, and GT Interactive), leading and managing one of the broadest-reaching interactive entertainment publishing networks in the world. In 2006, Wim started an entrepreneurial online gaming publishing business...
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Mike, also referred to as "Moog", is a Technology Strategist that caters to the needs of the Honors College in tandem with centralized IT's efforts across OU's campus. He provides project management and business analysis that helps improve workflows in anything from daily routine based work to big initiatives for both the individual college as well as the university. Mike is a U.S. Army veteran, has worked for Apple...
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The Miami Heat's Derric Franklin is the First Black Leader in the Very New History of the NBA 2K League. Four years ago, when Derric Franklin returned from Afghanistan, where he'd been deployed by the U.S. Army, he picked up NBA 2K15 and began playing the game with a virtually created avatar.
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He has also been immortalized as an in-game video-game character in Watch Dogs 2 as well as in NBA2K Playgrounds 1 and 2. In addition, he is a mainstay at gaming conferences and panels across the country, including PAX East, PAX West, New York Comic Con, BoroughCon and Fall Experiment 19. He
also later re-visited and re-cultivated his initial passion for music by creating original music for a variety of titles, including for Twisted...
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12/17/16 Jared recorded,“I hope you enjoy the story of J Cap.” “I just want people to be happy, No matter what.” Jared JCap Caplin. “Sometimes life turns out different than you expect. Even if your life isn’t very good right now, it can always get better.”JCap is Awesome!!!

At 19 years old Jared Caplin created J Cap’s Foundation for Disabilities as a 501c3 Non-profit organization. His mission was to inspire and help people.

01/13/202...
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Cody Dragon is an entrepreneur and Esports evangelist currently serving as Business Development Manager at KovaaK's Aim Trainer/ The Meta.

He is dedicated to pushing Esports further through the use of educational technology and works to transform local communities through the power of play and curiosity.

His time spent launching and operating a professional Esports Organization with multiple podium placement finishes and champi...
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Danny is a visionary and thought-leader in the esports industry. As the Co-founder/CEO of Esposure Inc. and Esports Professor at SMU, he has aided in the professional development of students, interns, and post-graduates. These students have received esports scholarships and employment from acclaimed Universities and esports Organizations like Central Methodist University, Complexity Gaming, Pacers Gaming, and Mavs Gaming. Furthermo...
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Dr. Chris Haskell plays video games for a living, or at least that’s what his friends think. He’s the Head Coach and Director of the Varsity Esports at Boise State, 2020 Collegiate Esports Coach of the Year (NAECAD) and 2020 Esports Director of the Year (NACE). As a professor, “Doc” also focuses on the impact of video games, virtual worlds, and digital culture. When it comes to work, Dr. Haskell is serious about play. It’s no wond...
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Kwesi Hayford is an Esports Evangelist, Creative Designer, and Digital Media enthusiast with a passion for youth culture, technology and education. He inspires and empowers young people to create opportunities for themselves in digital media for the socio-economic growth for Africa.

Currently creating synergy, developing collaborations of Esports with all stakeholders both Ghana and internationally with the Ghana Esports Association...
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kyler Johnson, former Esports Professional & founder of Team Envy (Dallas Fuel & Dallas Empire). In 2013 at GFUEL Energy and helped developed their flavor profiles, launch campaigns, partnerships as the Chief Creative Officer. During this time he also developed a good understanding for scaling business inside of the Gaming/Esports space and the world of sports nutrition.

In late 2017, he stepped away from that position and ...
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Jason Kirby is the CEO of Generation Esports (GenE) is the platform that operates the entire scholastic esports pipeline - Middle School Esports League (MSEL), High School Esports League (HSEL), & the NJCAAE collegiate league.
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Corey Rosemond serves as Vice President of NACON Gaming, Inc., the wholly-owned Americas subsidiary of NACON S.A., a French global publisher of AA video games as well as gaming accessories featuring the RIG brand.
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Wes Byrd started his career in website and web application development in 1998. He spent the next 20+ years building web applications and enterprise-level eCommerce solutions for fortune 500 brand names. Throughout all of these years, he hosted LAN parties for his group of friends who called themselves, Skullz. With his experience in business management and eCommerce, Wes rallied his Skullz group and stood up Skullz as a comp...
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Victoria Horsley has been in esports for nearly eight years, the last three of those being mainly collegiate oriented. She also has previous experience in traditional sports as an event manager for the NFL Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Final Four. Esports allows her to emphasize her passion for gaming that she developed at a very early age with games such as Zelda, Super Mario, and Kingdom Hearts. Victoria is determined to grow the...
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Miles Davis has 16 years experience working with integrators , manufacturers, distributors in the technology & commercial AV industries. The past 4 years I have helped organizations & institutions build esports initiatives utilizing display technology.
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Charles Spencer started in the field of traditional sports with the Brooklyn Nets, as an intern for the semester he was working at the Barclays Center for Nets games in the Arena Operations Department. Then also had stints as assistant equipment manager for the Men's Basketball and Baseball teams. After college, Charles was hired to the New York Red Bulls' Event Marketing Staff and stayed with them for three years. He helpe...
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Justin Jacobson, an esports and entertainment attorney in New York City. He works with professional gamers, coaches, streamers as well esports teams and organizations. He assist them with contract review, negotiation and drafting as well as trademark and copyright matters, visa/work authorizations and other related business, tax and legal matters. Justin has done deals with many t1 and t2 organizations, including the negotiation of...
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Marcus Howard is the CEO of Project MQ, an experiential marketing agency that uses family-friendly esports, to help colleges and other brands more effectively engage younger audiences. He's also the President of the Tampa Association of Gaming, a nonprofit dedicated to growing the gaming industry and STEAM youth programs in the Tampa Bay region.
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Graham Borden grew up all over the great city of New York. Graduated from North Babylon High School in Long Island in 1997. Spent some years at Syracuse University then decided to come home and receive my undergrad degree from Suffolk County Community College. Some years later decided to embark on a career in content creating for YouTube & Twitch playing various games but mainly the NBA2K franchise. As time went on  saw a need ...
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