The Casino Esport Conference (CEC) and the Esports Innovation Center (EIC) of the Stockton University in New Jersey have announced new speakers for their inaugural CEC/EIC Northeast Summit, to be held in Atlantic City on October 18-19, 2022.
The new educational event will feature conversations about how the esports industry specifically fits into the conversation of the casino industry. Organizers said it will also discuss esports from a non-casino viewpoint and tackle the competitive collegiate, High School, and elementary levels at which esports has been affecting the next generations of competitors. It will also show future landscapes of new businesses that will be birthed from this event for professional-level esports.
There are 10 confirmed speakers so far. One of them is Anthony Gaud, an entrepreneur and media executive with a 25-year career working with top-level entertainment, gaming and technology companies, and the current CEO and founder of Gaud-Hammer Gaming Group (G3). His professional history is highlighted with significant partnerships with The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, Microsoft Games, Discovery Networks, Hasbro and Nexon.
Gaud’s executive experience spans interactive games, television programming, media platform technology and esports. He has held multiple lead creative roles on AAA-level projects for Hasbro’s Batman and The Transformers and Disney’s Star Wars, Marvel, the Epic Mickey and Kingdom Hearts franchises. In September 2020, G3 helped facilitate the first legal esports betting event in New Jersey in conjunction with Allied Esports. The announcement allowing legal esports betting in the state was made by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and was facilitated by G3.
Another speaker will be Anthony Strangia, Deputy Attorney General with the DGE, where he is assigned to the Service Industry Licensing Bureau that investigates and licenses the entities and individuals that transact business with New Jersey’s casino, internet, and sports betting industries. He is also responsible for spearheading the DGE’s efforts to combat unlicensed, offshore internet gaming and sports betting, which resulted in being named to Global Gaming Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in Gaming for 2020.
They will be joined by Seth Schorr, Chairman of Downtown Grand. Since beginning his career in gaming and hospitality in 1991, he served as an integral member of the Wynn Resorts team, developing the international marketing department in Macau, the interactive gaming division and The Wynn Collection of Fine Art. Schorr also worked in numerous capacities at Bellagio Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino and the Golden Nugget Laughlin. He and his partner, Jeffrey Fine, own and operate Fifth Street Gaming and its affiliate, Lucky Silver Management, which owns and operates three casinos in North Las Vegas.
Eric Weiss is also part of the lineup. He is a seasoned regulator spending 30 years with the DGE Enforcement. He is now the Vice President of Technical compliance at Odds On Compliance, a full-service consulting and technology company. Weiss is also a member of the E-sports Trade Association where he volunteers his time as co-chair of the Regulatory Committee.
In addition, Sari Kitelyn, Director of Esports + Project Development for Full Sail University, will also participate in the CEC/EIC event. Since 2016, she has been building Full Sail’s esports ecosystem from the ground up, including establishing Full Sail Armada, Full Sail’s varsity esports team.
Eloisa Marchesoni, introduced by organizers as a "self-made Crypto-entrepreneur and modern digital nomad, European n.1 Tokenomics Expert," has also been confirmed as a speaker. She started her career in 2016 at 18 years of age as an ICO, IEO and STO Tokenomics advisor across Russia, South Eastern Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Now, she is focusing her Tokenomics work on DeFi, NFT's and especially on projects aimed at aiding the mass adoption of blockchain technology and its applications.
The list goes on with Daniel Cossi, a speaker/lecturer for Esports Integrity, Social Impact, and Educational Applications. His expertise areas include Esports in Olympic Movement and Sustainable Esports Business Models; Esports Legislation and Regulation. He is President and Chairman of WESCO (World Esport Consortium); President of Confederação Brasileira de Desportos Eletrônicos; and Member of Bureau of Operations and Management of the International e-Sports Federation.
Ari and Ben Fox
The speaker lineup is completed with Andrew Weilgus, Executive Director of the Esports Innovation Center; and CEC co-founders and executive producers, Ari Fox and Ben Fox.