The University of California, Irvine is excited to announce the first annual Esports Conference (ESC 2018) to be held on October 11-12, 2018 on the sunny Southern California UCI campus.


The ESC is the first academic event of its kind to focus on esports research and practice. Building on the momentum of our smaller summit meeting last year, the ESC will feature academic research presentations and symposia, collegiate program professionals panel discussions and post-mortems, and a public festival featuring vendor booths, a private reception, and a live streamed collegiate esports match in the UCI Esports Arena.

We invite submissions from scholars studying esports, collegiate esports practitioners and leadership, and creatives engaged in the esports fan space to this two-day conference and festival. Conference highlights include: keynotes by leaders in both academics and industry; interactive workshops on esports research and collegiate team management; both individual and symposia presentation sessions; big debates about critical aspects of esports; hands‐on game play in the esports arena both days; a cosplay costume competition; social networking and turkey-talking with colleagues over food and drinks and our SoCal sunsets; and a signature evening outdoor festival with vendor booths, booze, and a live esports match.

Registration is open now!

Registration Page

UCI Student Registration

If you are a UCI student, you only pay $50. A select 10 students will only pay $25! Click the button below or send an email to with your full name and student ID with the subject line “[ESC2018] Student Registration”.


Confirmed Speakers

Magy Seif El-Nasr
Northeastern University Associate Professor of Media and Design

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Chris Kluwe
Former NFL player and esports advocate

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We encourage the submission of traditional paper sessions as well as innovative talk formats that focus on all aspects of esports including but not limited to: game and team dynamics, data analytics, community and culture, campus and collegiate programming, fandom behavior, inclusion and diversity, or any other topic within the world of esports. Submissions are due online by June 1st, 2018