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The UWI Five Islands Public Advocacy Series jumps into e-Sports

With the global gaming industry valued at USD 159 billion in 2020 and expected to grow in 2021, The University of the West Indies, Five Islands Campus will explore the business of e-Sports in the next edition of its Public Advocacy Series. The May virtual event, which takes place on Monday May 17, will feature two international industry leaders, Dr. Melita Moore and Mr. Eric Elder. 
Dr. Melita Moore is a quadruple board certified physician and an international leader on health and wellness for gamers in the field of eSports Medicine. She is the CEO/Founder of Levels Unlocked Enterprises, a brand, marketing and communications firm focused on esports, sports and health.
Mr. Eric T. Elder is creative media consultant and an industry leader in the emerging field of Extended Reality (XR). He founded OW! (Online Worlds) Entertainment in 1997, to create virtual worlds for movie & TV properties and has worked on series such as “King of the Hill” and ‘The Simpsons”. 
The creative media industries have shown exponential growth over the last decade and are now valued as a billion dollar-industry.  These industries which include areas such as e-Sports, Animation and Extended Reality (XR) are attractive to young people not only for the potential revenues it could generate, but also for providing an avenue for entrepreneurship. With a young population in the Caribbean, education institutions like The UWI are currently engaged in equipping students with the skills to explore opportunities in the industry. The feature speakers will share insights and proven strategies on how best to prepare and move into the different areas.  
The May 17 virtual event themed, 159 Billion Reasons Why the Caribbean Should Be Engaged in eSports begins at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean time). Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of The UWI Five Islands Campus, Professor Densil Williams will deliver opening remarks. Following their presentations, participants will be able to pose questions directly to Dr. Moore and Mr. Elder during the discussion segment. Persons can register online at the Campus’ website: https://fiveislands.uwi.edu/publicadvocacyseries/. 

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