"REGARDLESS OF WHO SAYS WE'RE WASTING OUR TIME - ESPORTS IS THE FUTURE,"
Ross Magnant is Director, Esports with RPM Athlete Performance. His work has brought him to the forefront one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.
Whether as an analyst for Harvard University's "League of Legends" team in 2016 or acting as producer and event manager for companies including Red Bull, Capcom, PAX East, Boston Uprising or as panelist and host of the College ESports EXPO - Ross has proven himself a trailblazer and expert in his industry.
With RPM, Ross has built the world's first Integrated Performance Training program for esports alongside Director of Integration and Mind, Landon Dumar.
WHY ESPORTS? WHY NOW?
IN ROSS' OWN WORDS:
The way I see it, esports is the next arena for the ultimate expression of the human condition, competition. In year 0 the baddest people on the planet came home with animal skins, claws, and teeth to wear. Hundreds of years go by and some kid started melting rocks and his grandfather told him he was wasting his time. A few hundred years later, some kid started lacing up gloves and his grandfather stopped sharpening his sword to tell him he was wasting his time. Hundreds of years after that some kid inflated a rubber object, and his grandfather put his heavyweight trophy back on the shelf and told him he was wasting his time.
Now we’re here. Loading in by the millions to compete on a global scale, and regardless of who says we’re wasting our time, esports is the future. The only thing esports is truly missing is institutional support.
Picture the life of a modern athlete. From age 5 they are included in scholastic athletic programs, town leagues and teams, junior high and highschool athletics, every college or university in the nation offers athletic scholarships, and some of the greatest businesses on the planet scout kids as young as fourteen for their athletic ability.
The institution of athletic development is deeply rooted in our society. Esports has made incredible and monumental steps forward in the last 10 years, even in the last 5 years, and now I aim to continue that progress. I can do this by developing a program dedicated to offering the same institutional support a modern athlete receives to someone pursuing a career in esports. So here it is!