Mike Nealy has been with the Phoenix Coyotes NHL franchise and Jobing.com Arena for the past eight years. During his tenure, he led the organization to record breaking sales and operating successes that earned the organization national recognition in the annual ESPN rankings as the 6th best of all professional sports franchises
Tespa is a North American collegiate eSports organization headquartered in the offices of Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, California. Founded in 2012 as a collegiate gaming club at the University of Texas, Austin by classmates Adam Rosen, Tyler Rosen, and Chris Kelly.
Matthew Thompson, DMA is an assistant professor of music at the University of Michigan. He teaches the groundbreaking and massively popular class "Video Game Music." Dr. Thompson has won numerous grants to support his research, continuing education, and teaching, including a UMOR Small Grant to Support Major Conferences to help fund "Hosting the 5th annual North American Conference on Video Game Music at U-M in 2018,"
Matt “Matrym” Oates is a PlayerUnknown's Battle Grounds and Overwatch community commentator who is seen at the world’s premier PUBG events, such as IEM Oakland and DreamHack Atlanta. Matt is highly regarded by professional PUBG players for his analytical mind and this has helped him become one of the game’s go-to commentators.
Alex Handy is the founder and director of The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (The MADE). Located in Oakland, CA, the MADE is the only all-playable video game museum in the world. The MADE is the first dedicated video game museum open to the public in the United States. The collection houses over 5,300 playable games. The MADE is dedicated to the preservation of video game history, and to educating the public on how video games are created.
Omeed Daniani is an industry veteran with a career spanning almost every form of media. He worked on Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, TMNT, World of Warcraft, EverQuest, Blade & Soul, Marvel and DC Comics, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more. He and his team recently created a company, Online Performers Group, that represents Twitch streamers and pairs them up with companies that are looking for sponsorship.
Christopher Erb was the Vice President of Brand Marketing at EA SPORTS and the Executive Vice President of Brand Marketing at Legendary Pictures. Chris is currently the Managing Partner of tripleclix. He joins the Checkpoint Radio crew to discuss how video games are marketed.
David Hayter is a Canadian-American voice and screen actor and screenwriter. He is well known as the English voice actor for Solid Snake and Naked Snake throughout many titles in the Metal Gear video game series. His works as a screenwriter include X-Men, X2 and Watchmen.
Arnie Roth is an American conductor, composer, and record producer. His work includes conducting concerts for video game music. He is also a classically trained violinist and a member of the Grammy Award-winning music group Mannheim Steamroller. Roth graduated from Bienen School of Music, an undergraduate and graduate institution of Northwestern University in 1975.
DreamHack is a Swedish digital festival, the largest in the world. It's a local area network gathering with live concerts and competitions in digital art and eSports that was first held in Malung, Sweden.