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Informatics Professor Constance Steinkuehler was a featured speaker on an esports panel at the 2017 South By Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas. Taking place from March 10-19, SXSW has become the premier destination to celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Steinkuehler served on a panel titled “When Esports Win, Cities Win,” which focused on the new $500 million esports industry and how its evolution will advance American cities by driving tourism, economic development and innovation.

The session examined the contributions that esports can make through esports tourism, industry infrastructure and esports relevance. The panel was one of the SXSW 2017 events presented by WeDC, the nonprofit Washington, D.C., Economic Partnership that brings together community stakeholders to facilitate economic development in the District of Columbia.