Member Spotlight: Miles Dean
How did you get started in esports?
I have been a natural gamer all my life. I grew up playing standard Nintendo, to online poker, and currently playing several games today. My start in the esports business was helping organizations deploy large display technology that is currently replacing dated projection technology.
Since you’ve entered the esports industry, what has been the biggest industry change or trend that you’ve seen?
The overall growth over the past 2-3 years has been nothing but impressive. Many years ago, esports was being played in college dorm rooms and peoples living spaces. Today there are thousands of events hosted each year across the globe hosting the best gaming talent in the world.
What work has the company done within the esports industry?
FairPlay has deployed several large LED videoboards and different display technology that is found in arenas and labs across the US. Replacing dated projection technology to create a better player/fan experience. Some might be familiar with our work with companies such as League of Legends and PUBG as we host their events every year.
From your perspective, what would you like to see the esports industry do better?
I would like these esports communities to come together and learn from successes and failures. I see too many organizations trying to figure it out on their own and without proper knowledge of the industry and technology could provide its own set of challenges. Sharing experiences and learning from one another is how we can grow this industry.
What do you imagine the state of the esports industry will be like in 10 years?
I believe that we will see a “major” league built of 32 teams and subdivision minor league teams across the US just like in major sports. Over 90% of colleges and universities will have esports as a varsity program offering scholarships and 50% of these institutions will have an esports focus curriculum.