My name is Richard Withers and I am the Esports Development Manager at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK), located in Kajaani, Finland. We host one of the world’s first full Bachelor’s degrees offered in Esports Business, providing our students with fundamental business knowledge, numerous networking opportunities, and valuable hands-on experience in the field.
My primary responsibilities in this role include managing the various esports related projects taking place at the university and developing relations with both endemic and non-endemic brands to improve our educational content and provide additional opportunities to our student-base. Examples of these projects include on-campus esports organization KAMK.GG, physical bootcamp offerings, online education platforms, facility development, student relations, and more.
In addition, I assist with the branding and international promotion of all English-taught degrees offered at KAMK, with a focus on the Esports Business degree.
Crystal is the VP of Content at Ritual Motion and has worked with various organizations in esports, including theScore, Esports Insider, Benzinga, The Loadout, Supernyx, and OpTic Gaming. In addition, Crystal is a Women in Games Ambassador. In a weird combination with esports, Crystal also worked in pediatric trauma as a surgical technologist. She hopes to use her mixture of experience both in and out of the industry to promote healthy decisions in gaming and create opportunities for other women trying to find a way into esports.