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CELEBRATES COMIC-CON’S 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH CUTTING EDGE FUN ALSO DEBUT OF ESPORTS LOUNGE @ COMIC-CON 

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Gaming, Robotics, Space Zone, and Blockchain at the Omni; Esports with Team Liquid and more at the Marriott

SAN DIEGO (July 13, 2019) – FUTURETECHLIVE! @ COMIC-CON is back for its fourth year, as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the legendary annual pop culture extravaganza in San Diego. This year, FutureTechLive! also adds another component – Esports Lounge @ Comic-Con, which brings the excitement of Esports to the mix, with participation from one of the winningest pro teams and various celebrities.

FutureTechLive! is the hub at Comic-Con for immersive experiences and technology. This official event of Comic-Con International San Diego has added more space dedicated to Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Gaming, robotics, and other leading-edge attractions. The event also includes a Space Zone, in which attendees can walk on the moon with their friends on a virtual lunar mission, enter a pop-up planetarium from UCSD’s astrophysics center, and experience the International Space Station in VR. On the first day, there is also a Blockchain gathering, where attendees can learn how Bitcoin and its brethren are underpinning digital worlds.

FUTURETECHLIVE! @ COMIC-CON, held in the Omni San Diego Hotel, was created in 2016 in conjunction with Comic-Con International to celebrate the best and boldest in the exploding areas of VR, AR, XR and more. It showcases the latest innovations and inspirations from the worlds of Hollywood, gaming, and tech. This event introduces the latest tech experiences from film studios, television networks, gaming companies, scientists, space explorers, publishers, designers, influencers, and innovators. Attendees will have hands-on experience with the attractions and learn about new technologies. 

On the educational front: University of California San Diego is bringing a domed planetarium. The San Diego Air & Space Museum is displaying space memorabilia. The Fleet Science Center will run its “Two Scientists Walk into a Bar” promotion, with various scientists answering questions from attendees. Sony is bringing its’ Koov educational robots. 

ESPORTS LOUNGE @ COMIC-CON, produced by FutureTechLive! and Greenlit Media, is the official gaming zone of Comic-Con. Held in the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel, the event features a charity livestream filled with celebrity appearances and daily tournaments for a variety of games. There are prizes and giveaways from HyperX, Alienware, and others. Attendees are welcome to hang out and play casually or compete in tournaments for Apex Legends, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur VI, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, Brawlhalla, Mortal Kombat 11, Injustice 2 and more. There will be both PC and console play. Esports pros and Comic-con celebrities will also be getting in on the fun all week long. 

The gameplay is hosted by Team Liquid, the multi-team Esports group that is among the winningest in all of Esports. Team Liquid, which has been dominant across games such as League of Legends CS GO, recently announced a partnership with Marvel – Marvel+Liquid – and will also showcase their new Marvel-infused jerseys and gear. The festivities will be live-streamed on Twitch and Mixer.

“We wanted to create the ultimate playground for people coming to the granddaddy of consumer events,” said Scott Bobrow, FutureTechLive! Co-Founder/Producer. “In one place, we spotlight the coolest immersive experiences and earth-shattering technologies that will change the way we live and interact with others.”

“We also wanted to turn up the energy with Esports this year,” said Mark Murphy, Co-Founder/Producer of the events. “Gaming is so much a part of pop culture, and the characters and narratives from games are not unlike those from comic books, television, and films. In fact, more money is spent on gaming than on movies each year, and competitive gaming fills arenas and has a massive fan base.” He added: “Our Esports Lounge allows for those fans and recreational players alike to get their game on!”

Attractions & Activities include: 

Immersive Experiences 

· LEGENDS OF LIGHTFALL – Explore the world of The Legends of Lightfall, a brand new comic series filled with cutting-edge technology and vivid visuals. Join Kort, Sofia, Treads, and their hover droid, ABDA, on a treacherous quest as they grapple with Lightstalkers, marauders, and poisonous air on the perilous path to the underground city of Steamhaven. 

· NOITOM – Noitom focuses on mapping the human body, its movements and interaction with the environment. The company’s name, Noitom, the word ‘motion’ spelled backwards, embraces its dedication to the art of motion capture. See what their innovative mapping and haptics can do when you interact with the hero Kort from “Legends of Lightfall.” 

· NORTH AR – A darling of this year’s CES, North’s Focals are custom-built smart glasses with a holographic display only you can see. Focals smart glasses let you see all the things you love without looking down at your phone. 

· RAYMOND VR – Raymond’s Virtual Reality Simulator is used in the industrial sector, as a cutting edge tool that can simplify everything from hiring to teaching to developing employees for enhanced performance and efficiency. It makes VR not just fun, but powerful for work too. 

· DEPLOY VR – Based right in San Diego, Deploy both builds VR & AR systems and activates multiplayer, untethered arena VR experiences. Here, attendees can have a blast attacking the castle and fighting dragons in Dragon Tower VR. 

· VR ART BATTLE! – Deploy VR is also overseeing a competition in which attendees can draw and sculpt in VR… competing against other attendees. On your mark, get set, paint! 

· VR LEO – Redefining arcade fun, VR Leo introduces a new way for people to experience VR as arcade games. Their unique platforms allow for a multi-sensory experience. 

· TEAM BUNNY – What do you do when you come face to mask with a part robot/ part human assassin dressed in a high-tech all black bunny suit. From the mind of visionary creator Patrick Ecclesine, and showcasing incredible cutting edge production technology, venture into Bunny’s world, if you dare; come away with one helluva selfie. 

· EDGE XR – Fusing the worlds of hip-hop, rap, marital arts and comic books, the Edge XR augmented reality app places you in worlds you may never want to leave. A creative partnership of acclaimed film director Matty Rich and emerging rapper Lazarus. 

· COLLEGIATE VR – VR has made its way to college campuses, with VR esports clubs setting up and competing in VR games. Here, they literally get attendees in gear, to play VR games such as: Beat Saber, Echo Arena, Space Pirate, and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. 

· SPRITE LIGHTS – Whose says tech can’t be fashionable and fun? These quirky LED fueled designs will make you smile and make you want to play with them all day long. 

Robotics 

· SONY KOOV – Discover the coding and robotics kit for the innovators of tomorrow. Perfect in the classroom or at home, KOOV is a comprehensive solution for STEAM education with everything needed to start building robots. 

Space Zone 

· ALICE SPACE LUNAR WALK VR EXPERIENCE – Developed in collaboration with NASA by Noitom, Alice Space takes participants to a mixed reality environment where they land on the moon, interact with controls and with other players inside of the spacecraft, and eventually walk onto the surface of the moon to explore the terrain, engage with props and look up to planet Earth. Up to six guests at one time will be able to don virtual reality goggles and VR backpacks to freely roam the inside of a NASA workstation and then explore the surface of the moon in mixed reality. The experience is so realistic, it has brought some NASA officials to tears. Only seen by the public in Tokyo, this debuts in North America here at Comic-Con. 

· MISSION: ISS – Explore the International Space Station 250 miles above Earth with this VR experience from MAGNOPUS. Learn to move around modules in zero gravity, examine experiments and missions being performed on the Station. Dock a resupply capsule, and go on an EVA to check out the exterior of the Station. 

· UCSD – CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS & SPACE SCIENCE (CASS) Pop-up Planetarium – Walk into this portable planetarium that inflates like a bounce house, and experience the wonders of the cosmos, with members of the UCSD Division of Physical Sciences as your guides. 

· SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM – The museum in Balboa Park in San Diego brings some actual Space craft to exhibit… for ultimate selfies. 

Science Non-Fiction 

· FLEET SCIENCE CENTER – The acclaimed San Diego institution is bringing fun its celebrated “Two Scientists Walk into a Bar” experience — which means several of the best and brightest of the area scientists will be on hand to answers attendee’s questions! 

Blockchain 

· BLOCKCHAINBTM – They are rolling out Bitcoin ATM (i.e., “BTM”) machines across the country, with more than 20 already deployed. Withdraw some bitcoin yourself. 

Outside the Omni 

· WARNER BROS. IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES – Set behind the Omni Hotel, fans can enjoy a personal experience with two of the top films of 2019 – Shazam! and Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Fans will have the opportunity to experience the magic of Ryme City in the immersive walkthrough pop-up based on the hit film Pokémon Detective Pikachu. This is complete with Instagrammable moments from the neon cityscape, Ryme City marketplace, film prop displays, an infinity room and multiple characters from the film, including Detective Pikachu himself. The Shazam! activation gives fans the chance to visit the Chilladelphia Winter Carnival (featured in the film) in sunny San Diego to play games, win exclusive prizes, and pose for some fun photo opps. 

Esports Lounge (at Marriott Marquis) 

Game play hosted by TEAM LIQUID 

Competitive tournaments for: 

· Apex Legends 
· Tekken 7 
· Soul Calibur VI 
· Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite 
· Brawlhalla 
· Mortal Kombat 11
· Injustice 2 

Live Streaming on 

· Twitch 
· Mixer 

Sponsors 

· Hyper X, Alienware, Microsoft, Shacknews, State Farm, Honda 

PANELS 

FutureTechLive! and Esports Lounge is also curating dynamic panels with industry leaders and pacesetters. 

These are: 

Unreal Gaming: A Deep Dive of the Engine that Rules them all. 

Thursday, 7/18/19, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront 

Some of the greatest games will killer graphics have been built on Epic’s masterpiece, the Unreal Engine. Take a deep dive into building with an all-star team of Producers and Developers. Moderated by Sinclair Fleming. 

The Ever-expanding World of Esports 

Thursday, 7/18/19, 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m., Convention Center Room: 5AB 

To say the expansion of Esports is fast and furious is an understatement. Tournaments and sponsorships continue to grow. Our panel of gamers, producers and sponsors discuss its meteoric growth, its massive engagement, and what the future holds. 

· Moderator: Anastasia Staten – Executive Director, ESA FOUNDATION 
· Andy Babb – Executive Vice President – SUPER LEAGUE GAMING 
· Patrick Dees – Co-Founder & Chief Gaming Officer, FAN CONTROLLED FOOTBALL LEAGUE 
· Madison Hight – VP, VR@Berkeley, COLLEGIATE VIRTUAL REALITY ESPORTS LEAGUE 
· A member of Team Liquid / Axiomatic – TBD 

Rising Stars in Tech – Drivers of Innovation and Entertainment (and how to join them) 

Friday, 7/19/19, 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m., Convention Center Room: 5AB 

This panel will spotlight innovators from Gaming, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics. They will discuss what is here and what is coming down the pike. 

· Moderator: David Bloom – Contributor, FORBES MAGAZINE 
· Naasira Wahid – Marketing Program Manager, New Business Incubation – SONY 
· Joanna Popper – Global Head of VR, HP 
· Stacey Patch – Business Director, RAYMOND 
· Patty Liu – CEO, VRLEO 
· Stuart Volkow – Consultant, North Focals 

Game as a Pro – 3.0 

Saturday, 7/20/19, 5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Convention Center Room: 5AB 

What does it take to become an Esports pro? A game designer? A programmer? This panel will give you the heads up in making your dreams a bit more achievable. Presented by Team Liquid in collaboration with Future Tech Live and the Esports Lounge. 

· Moderator: Anastasia Staten – Executive Director, THE ESA FOUNDATION 
· Steve Arhancet – CEO, TEAM LIQUID 
· Pro-Gamers & Surprise Guests TBD 

The Year in Space and Beyond 

Saturday, 7/20/19, 8:00p.m. – 9:00p.m., Convention Center Room: 25ABC 

Reviewing the incredible year of discoveries, advances and milestones which include: The EHT Black Hole Image; more super massive black holes and exoplanets confirmed; gravity waves (what are they?); evidence of Quantum Entanglement; private space flight milestones; the ISS “Organoids” mission (micro brains in space); and the results of the “space twins” study. 

· Moderator: Stuart Volkow – Project Manager, Ax Center for Experimental Cosmology (ACEC) @ UCSD. 
· Dr. Brian Keating – Director of the Simons Observatory (the world’s most ambitious and most sensitive instrument ever designed to study the origins of the Universe): Professor, UCSD; Author, Losing the Nobel Prize (one of Amazon’s top 20 science books of the year) 
· Dr. Andrew Friedman – Astronomer, Cosmologist, and Data Scientist; UCSD, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley 
· Dr. Shelley Wright – Associate Prof., Physics, UCSD / Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences 

Hollywood & Emerging Tech – The Evolution of Entertainment 3.0 

Sunday, 7/21/19, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Convention Center Room: 24ABC 

This diverse panel explores where Hollywood meets technology and where things are headed. Includes a discussion on the future of media distribution, across multi-media platforms, from some of the top providers of tech and content. 

· Moderator: David Bloom – Contributor, FORBES MAGAZINE 
· Ted Schilowitz – Futurist, PARAMOUNT STUDIOS 
· Douglas Buffone – Vice President VR & Immersive, SKYDANCE 
· Matty Rich – CEO, EDGE XR 
· Patrick Ecclesine – Director, Photographer, VANITY FAIR 
· Lori Schwartz – Governor of Immersive Arts, THE TELEVISION ACADEMY 
· Nick Eisele – Associate Producer, Games & Virtual Reality, NBC UNIVERSAL · Steve Arhancet – CEO, TEAM LIQUID 

Special category events within FUTURETECHLIVE! @ COMIC-CON include:

MEDIA PREVIEW – Wednesday, July 17 at 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Media only) Allows for media, bloggers and influencers a first experience of the event. Comic-Con passes are not required for this session.

DEVELOPERS/EDUCATORS/INDUSTRY PREVIEW – Wednesday, July 17 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Developers, Educators, Industry) This exclusive session allows for developers, designers, gamers, educators, and industry folks to get sneak peek of the event. COMIC-CON passes are not required for this session. 

BLOCKCHAIN DAY – Wednesday, July 17 at 5pm – 9pm 

This mini conference is for people interested in learning more about how Blockchain is impacting gaming, business, and other sectors, and how Bitcoin and other crypto currencies and tokens are underpinning it. COMIC-CON passes are not required for this session. 

FUTURETECHLIVE! @ COMIC-CON and ESPORTS LOUNGE kicks off on Wednesday, July 17, with a preview day, from 3pm – 9pm. Regular days and hours are: Thursday, Friday, Saturday (July 18 – 21) 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday (July 21) 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FUTURETECHLIVE! (including Media Preview, Industry Preview, and Blockchain Day) is in the Grand Ballroom and foyer of the Omni San Diego Hotel at 675 L Street, which directly faces the city’s Convention Center, home of San Diego International Comic-Con International, and is next to Petco Park stadium. Enter the Omni at the main entrance and then take the escalator up. 

ESPORTS LOUNGE is in the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel at 333 W. Harbor Drive in downtown, next to the Convention Center. Get your game on in the Pacific Ballrooms 17-19.

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