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The Level Up Experience

Interviewing influential figures in industries from bitcoin, esports, gaming to venture capital. Podcasts is divided into two shows - The Level Up Experience, conversations mainly focused on esports/gaming, venture capital, angel investing, among other topics. The second sub-show is called “Why Bitcoin?” focused on discussing bitcoin ecosystem companies, thought leaders, and the ethos around Bitcoin. Guests range from startup founders, athletes, angel investors, content creators and more.

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#051- Esports Hacked: An Inside Look at Cybersecurity in Gaming | Tomas Lyckedal and Jonathan Singer

“Esports: Hacked - An Inside Look in Cybersecurity in Gaming” report available at http://esportshacked.com "By combining Akamai’s data of web attacks with actual end-user data and insights sourced from DreamHack’s community of gamers, we want to raise awareness around cyber security threats facing esports." ____________________________________________________________________________ Guests Tomas Lyckedal | Chief Strategy Officer DreamHack/ ESL Gaming Jonathan Singer | Senior Manager Global Games Industry at Akamai Technologies ____________________________________________________________________________ SPONSORS Thank you to ggLocators for sponsoring the show.  Good Game Locators is a contract staffing and executive search firm specialized in sourcing and placing top tier talent in gaming, esports, and extended reality industries.  Whether you’re searching for your next hire or the next step in your career head over to http://gglocators.com to learn more.    Thank you for the 5 star ratings/reviews and subscribing to the channel: https://apple.co/2W5kmLL Get in touch with Cris Reed about sponsoring the podcast: https://www.linkedin.com/in/crisreed/ ____________________________________________________________________________ YouTube Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZGUNVkHGYQ&t=1s Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thelevelupexperience/message

59mins

11 Dec 2020

Rank #1

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#050- Chatbot for Esports Tournaments | David Strashnoy Founder & CEO at Betti Games

In this conversation we discuss using a chatbot to automate esports tournaments, their reason behind the pivot from PvP to tournaments, betting culture in gaming, cheating in esports, the importance of a feedback loop when building a technology and also where he sees Betti Games technology heading in the next few months.  Betti Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/BettiGames David Strashnoy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-strashnoy-28926aa7/ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ SPONSORS  Thank you to ggLocators for sponsoring the show.      Good Game Locators is a contract staffing and executive search firm looking to help  place top tier talent in gaming, esports, and extended reality industries.  Whether your company is searching for an addition to your team, or the next step in your career head over to http://gglocators.com to learn more. Connect with Niccole Minka Managing Director at ggLocators:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/niccoleminka/ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ LEVEL UP EXPERIENCE SOCIALS Connect with us YouTube, Twitter and more: http://linktr.ee/thelevelupexp Get in touch with Host Cris Reed about the podcast, collaborations or general inquiries at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/crisreed/ Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thelevelupexperience/message

58mins

4 Dec 2020

Rank #2

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#049- Building Your Online Network | Chase Walter ggLocators

Building Your Online Network | Chase Walter  ggLocators  _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Chase gets into how to build online connections, growing your network from a quality not quantity perspective, Candidate - Recruiter relationship dynamics, and answered live questions throughout the stream. Level Up Experience Substack Newsletter- http://levelupexp.substack.com YouTube replays: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqRxcXg7GVc&t=1281s _____________________________________________________________________________________________ SPONSORS Thank you to ggLocators for sponsoring the show.  Good Game Locators is a contract staffing and executive search firm specialized in sourcing and placing top tier talent in gaming, esports, and extended reality industries.  Whether you’re searching for your next hire, or the next step in your career head over to gglocators.com to learn more.    Thank you for the 5 star ratings/reviews, subscribing to the channel!  Get in touch with Cris Reed about the podcast, collaborations or general inquiries at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/crisreed/   or  Twitter @thelevelupexp Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thelevelupexperience/message

46mins

21 Nov 2020

Rank #3

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#048- How Virtual Environments Can Create More Engaging Events | Regina Riley Higher Education Director Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma & Peter Perez VP Business Development at Gamerjibe

College Fair in a Virtual Environment |  Regina Riley Higher Education Director Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma & Peter Perez VP Business Development at Gamerjibe  YouTube VOD- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqRxcXg7GVc&t=19s In May of this year Regina saw Gamerjibe host an esports and gaming career fest in a virtual world  and she wanted to create a new way for students to engage with colleges/universities outside of a traditional video conferencing platform.  Nearly 800 students from 13 school districts have signed up for the fair with the opportunity to meet with 50 colleges and universities. All Iowa tribal members 9th through 12th grade are invited to RSVP for the event. Peter talks about the growth that Gamerjibe has seen over this year and how the platform is changing the way event organizers are building virtual experiences from startup pitch events, company happy hours, music festivals, fintech conferences and educational events like this college fair. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ SPONSORS Thank you to ggLocators for sponsoring the show.  Good Game Locators is a contract staffing and executive search firm specialized in sourcing and placing top tier talent in gaming, esports, and extended reality industries.  Whether you’re searching for your next hire, or the next step in your career head over to gglocators.com to learn more.    Thank you for the 5 star ratings reviews, subscribing to the channel!  _____________________________________________________________________________________________ CONTACT US  Get in touch with Cris Reed about the podcast, collaborations or general inquiries at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/crisreed/  or  @thelevelupexp on Twitter  Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thelevelupexperience/message

43mins

13 Nov 2020

Rank #4

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#047- Ben Feferman CEO Amuka Esports | Reopening venues, Corsair Partnership, High Performance Motor Sports Acquisition

YouTube VOD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO9cR8k8ZQY&t=699s This was a previously recorded LinkedIn live stream with Ben Feferman CEO at Amuka Esports on October 13th.   Ben covers news around Amuka Esports including the reopening process of the Toronto & Windsor hubs (Waves Gaming and Ezy Mode) the recent acquisition of High Performance Motor Sports, the multi-event partnership with Corsair and his take on some current esports news. All of this while we play Fall Guys on stream.  __________________________________________________________ SPONSORS Thank you to ggLocators for sponsoring the show!  Good Game Locators is a contract staffing and executive search firm highly specialized in sourcing and placing top tier talent in gaming, esports, and extended reality industries.  Whether you’re searching for your next hire or the next step in your career head over to gglocators.com to learn more.    __________________________________________________________ Thank you for the 5 star ratings reviews, subscribing to the podcast and YouTube channel, that's how we get the word out about the content and it really means a lot.  Get in touch with Cris Reed about the podcast, collaborations or general inquiries at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/crisreed/ Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thelevelupexperience/message

58mins

4 Nov 2020

Rank #5

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#046- Vegas and Esports | Christopher LaPorte | Founder of RESET

Since 2005, Chris has been a part of the Vegas esports scene, especially when it comes to the FGC. We discuss his experience with running Insert Coin(s) facility from 2010-2015, the esports scene in Vegas and how the mindset around the industry has changed, how the casino industry views esports and answer questions from chat. Thank you for the 5 star ratings reviews, subscribing to the podcast and YouTube channel!  ----SPONSORS---- Thank you to ggLocators for sponsoring the show!  Good Game Locators is a contract staffing and executive search firm highly specialized in sourcing and placing top tier talent in gaming, esports, and extended reality industries.  Whether you’re searching for your next hire, or the next step in your career head over to gglocators.com to learn more.    ----Get in touch with Cris Reed---- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/crisreed/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thelevelupexperience/message

48mins

23 Oct 2020

Rank #6

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#045- Mario Prosperino & Dante Simpson | Co-Founders ESPAT

Thank you to ggLocators for sponsoring the episode. Learn more about how ggLocators can help you find your dream job or find top talent in esports and gaming at gglocators.com  We will be diving into why they entered the esports space, the benefits ESPAT has brought to the creative community, the significance of B2B platform espat.ai, their vision for 2021 and answering live questions from chat.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thelevelupexperience/message

45mins

16 Oct 2020

Rank #7

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#044- Evan Denbaum | Competitive Gaming Commissioner at Electronic Arts

Thank you to the ggLocators Team for sponsoring the podcast! ggLocators is focused on placing top tier talent in interactive gaming, corporate gamification, and esports operations as the unrivaled experts in gaming recruitment. Learn more: https://gglocators.com/ Evan Denbaum Competitive Gaming Commissioner at Electronic Arts We discuss Evan's career in the gaming industry, the 20 year history of The Sims franchise, the impact of The Sims Spark'd Reality Show, if esports leagues should use bubbles and a number of other interesting topics. I want to thank ggLocators for sponsoring the podcast. (Good Game Locators) is a contract staffing and executive search firm specialized in sourcing and placing top tier talent in gaming, esports, and extended reality industries. Niccole Minka, Managing Director, will have a feature job of the week in just a moment. Thank you for the 5 star ratings reviews, subscribing to the podcast, Level Up Experience YouTube channel, and of course smashing the like button on every video you come across. That's how we get the word out about the content. I really enjoyed the conversation with Evan, enjoy the podcast. Follow Evan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/playoffbeardea--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thelevelupexperience/message

50mins

7 Oct 2020

Rank #8

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#043- Startup Investing and the Wave of Watch Party Tech | Ned Lerner CEO Hearo.Live & Chuck Pettid CEO Republic

Thank you to the ggLocators Team for sponsoring the podcast! ggLocators is focused on placing top tier talent in interactive gaming, corporate gamification, and esports operations as the unrivaled experts in gaming recruitment. Learn more: https://gglocators.com/  Hearo.Live's Republic Campaign: https://republic.co/hearo-live This was a previously recorded LinkedIn and YouTube live stream with Chuck Pettid CEO Republic and Ned Lerner CEO Hearo.Live.   We discuss how startup investing has changed since reg CF in 2016, the recent rollout of the Republic Note, the no fans effect in sports, the phenomenon of online watch parties,  and live questions from chat.   Thank you for taking the time to leave five star ratings and reviews & subscribing to the podcast! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thelevelupexperience/message

49mins

2 Oct 2020

Rank #9

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#042- Trading Card Games on the Blockchain | Run for the Unicorns Virtual Panel

This was a previously recorded panel from Silica neXus Run for the Unicorns Virtual Event | Trading Card Games on the Blockchain  YouTube Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgtM_6O9wcM Learn more about SIlica neXus: http://silicanexus.com Free LUE Substack Newsletter: http://levelupexp.substack.com Thank you for the 5 star ratings reviews, subscribing to the podcast, YouTube channel, and smashing the like button! Level Up Experience welcomes ggLocators as an official partner! If you are in the market for a job or searching for top talent in the gaming, esports and extended reality industries, be sure to visit: https://gglocators.com/--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thelevelupexperience/message

48mins

22 Sep 2020

Rank #10