Mark Deppe

Working closely with student leaders, staff, faculty, and industry partners, Mark is thrilled to lead the way for the first official eSports program at a public research institution. Recognizing the opportunity to build on UCI’s strong gaming culture and take advantage of the massive world of eSports, Mark began developing a vision and plan for the UCI eSports program in 2015.

Open Letter to Game Developers and Publishers

This is the third and final part of my open letter series to the individuals and groups who will shape the future of collegiate Esports. If you didn’t see my first letters to prospective scholarship players and to higher education professionals, you can find them here and here, respectively. This letter is for the game [...]

Open Letter to Schools and Universities

Author’ Note: This is the second part of my series of open letters to people who will shape the future of collegiate Esports.  If you didn’t see my first letter to prospective scholarship players, you can find it here.  This is for administrators at colleges and universities considering the creation of an Esports program.   [...]

Open Letter to Prospective Players

Author’s Note: There is excitement around college Esports, and we get a lot of questions regarding it from an eclectic variety of individuals and groups.  Over the next few weeks, I am going to release an open letter to some of the key groups interested in college Esports.  I plan to share some advice from […]

How eSports meet our expectations for competition

It’s no secret that the internet has changed our lives.  Our phones not only make calls, they connect us to Facebook, provide driving directions, and, with just a swipe or two, they can help us find romance.  These free online services are now things that we’ve come to expect as technology continually evolves.   Esports, […]

The only two groups that matter in esports

With all of the interest and buzz around esports, and all of the investors and businesses trying to get in on the action, it’s important to understand the forces at work.  Aspiring entrepreneurs looking to get involved with esports must understand the market they’re entering.  And so I’d like to share one of the most […]