Illinois Esports

Playful by Design Symposium

Playful by Design Symposium

Illinios Esports has been involved in the Playful by Design Symposium since it’s inception. We believe that gaming isn’t just for fun or competition, but also a part of a one’s natural learning development.

From Friday, April 5th, 2019:

12:00 PM TO 1:20 PM  •  ARMORY 101 AUDITORIUM

LUNCHTIME CINEMA  ( a light lunch will be provided to pre-registrants )

  • Free to Play

A 2014 documentary film by American video game company Valve Corporation. The film takes a critical look at the lives of Benedict “hyhy” Lim, Danil “Dendi” Ishutin and Clinton “Fear” Loomis, three professional Defense of the Ancients (DotA) players who participated in The International, the most lucrative eSports tournament at the time. The central focus of the film is how their commitment to DotA had affected their lives. The film will be followed by a discussion and a panel addressing the future of eSports at Illinois.

1:30 PM TO 2:20 PM  •  ARMORY 101 AUDITORIUM


  • Illini Esports and the Future of Esports @ Illinois

Moderators: John Parzynski, Lisette Chapa and Jamie Nelson. Panelists: Conor Minnaugh, David Koruna, Eileen Feng, John Palmer, and Zachary Pease.

Illini Esports is the premier student organization for esports at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, catering to both the competitive and casual gamer. Members of the Illini Esports Team will share their IE experiences as they discuss their reactions to the film Free to Play. They will discuss competitive gaming, in general. and talk about the future of esports at Illinois.

2019 Schedule:

From Friday, April 6th, 2018:


Note: a pre-session demo will begin at about 1:20 in the Auditorium, immediately following the end of The Lost Arcade discussion.

Chair: Jamie Nelson & Lisette Chapa

Participants: Jim Boone, Arnel Canedo, Chris DeSouza, Richie Garcia, Jin Woo Kim, David Koruna, Max Patel, Zachary Pease, Will Van Hoose

2018 Schedule: