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#131: Making Money in Esports

ESports has seen massive growth in popularity in the past two years, both inside of its community and outside. 46 million people watched the League of Legends championship last year, and the 2017 World Championship in Poland had 173,000 live attendees, 100,000 more than the Superbowl. With this growth in audience, more students are looking into Esports as a path to education. Today, the Money JAR team speaks with semi-professional Esports athlete Parker Thompson about how video games can lead to money for college through tournament winnings, sponsorships and contracts, and the realities of being an Esports athlete. Parker focuses on Shadowverse, a digital Collectable Card Game, and is a Sophomore at BYU.

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Find Esports scholarships:

https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarship-directory/athletic-ability/esports

https://www.tun.com/blog/esports-scholarships-for-gamers/

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Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson

Evan is married with two young children and lives in Portland, OR. He's a Partner and the CFO of The Official Manufacturing Company, a strategy, branding and design agency. He's also on the board or a strategic advisor of a few young companies. Previously, he was a Partner at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank, which was acquired by Key Bank in 2014. He led the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games, was frequently named to Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team and was regularly featured on CNBC and in The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he played basketball, studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engi-neering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.