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League of Legends Bootcamp

Pepperdine Esports is excited to launch a League of Legends Bootcamp, coached by Jonathan Friedrich. Friedrich's League team won the West Coast Conference ESL Collegiate Preseason Invitational his first season coaching. The bootcamp will teach participants to apply analytical skills to their own play, enabling them to improve during camp and on their own. 

Each day will include warm ups, scrims, discussion, and VODs review. Participants will play on Precision Mobile Workstations provided by Dell, and the Alienware Aurora PCs used by Pepperdine esports athletes will be available for demos. The Bootcamp will introduce participants to emerging technology such as VR and 3D printing, bring in speakers from the gaming industry, cover holistic wellness and its applications to esports athletes, and provide a tour of Pepperdine's campus through the admissions office.

The Pepperdine Esports League Bootcamp is open to rising 9th through 12th graders. Players of any skill level are welcome. Computers will be provided, though we ask that you bring your own peripherals (keyboard, mouse, headset). Camp will run 10am-5pm Monday-Friday the week of July 20.

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Sample Schedule

10-11 Warm-ups
11-1 Scrims & discussion
1-2 Lunch
2-3 Guest Speaker
3-4 VODs & review
4-5 Miscellaneous

Guest Speakers

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We are excited to announce that a guest speaker from Team Liquid will talk to camp participants about starting a career in esports. Esports is a rapidly growing industry, the revenues of which just exceeded $1 billion. Team Liquid is a world renowned professional gaming organization established in 2000, with 60 championship caliber athletes in 14 of the world's top games.

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Robb Bolton is Pepperdine's Director of campus recreation and esports.  Bolton has a demonstrated history of working in the health wellness and fitness industry, and approaches esports training by looking at the athletes holistically.  Bolton will speak on the importance of diet, fitness, and overall health in improving gameplay. 

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Anna Speth will introduce participants to Virtual Reality. Speth began working with VR in 2015 as a tool to look for new interpretations of humanities disciplines. As co-director of the Genesis Lab, Speth uses a variety of tools for VR content creation, including photogrammetry, 360 cameras, and 3D modeling. Speth will showcase the most popular VR games, giving participants hands-on experience with Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, and HTC Vive set-ups.

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Landon Phillips will give an overview of the maker mindset and 3D printing as it relates to the gaming industry and beyond. Phillips is the co-director of the Genesis Lab and Lead Instructional Designer at Pepperdine University. He is the co-author of the grant that created the Genesis Lab here at Pepperdine, and earned his master's degree in learning technology.