Wellness in Gaming & Esports: Panel Discussion

By Mickie Quinn, March 14, 2023

Wellness in Gaming & Esports: Panel Discussion

Wellness in Gaming & Esports: Panel Discussion

Please join the Park School of Communications for a virtual panel discussion on the health benefits and risks of gaming and esports!

Thursday, March 30, 2023
6pm - 7pm
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Approximately 3 billion people worldwide play video games. Participation in gaming and esports is not often listed among activities to promote health and wellness. They are more commonly attached to stigma regarding sedentary, passive behavior. 

Are video games good for you? Bad for you? Can you practice gaming for health, or with wellness in mind? Decades of studies find no link between gaming and real world violence, but what are the costs and the benefits experienced by the billions of video game players across the globe?

This event is open to Ithaca College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Attendees will have the opportunity to post questions during the event.

Wellness in Gaming & Esports: Panel Discussion


Brian Terwilliger '03/'18: Brian Terwilliger is the former Executive Vice President of Content for the relaunching G4. From 2008-2011 Brian served as the Supervising Producer for G4's flagship program, Attack of the Show. Priorto rejoining the G4 team in 2020, Brian spent 9 years at WWE leading original programming for the launch of WWE's SVOD service. In 2015, Brian transitioned to the digital business as SVP of Digital Development, where he grew the company's Youtube Channel UpUpDownDown into an industry powerhouse. Under Brian, UpUpDownDown's audience to over 2 million subscribers, collecting accolades such as MCV's Games Event of the Year, and established partnerships with industry giants Riot, Microsoft, Epic, EA and ROBLOX. Brain graduated from Ithaca College with a BS in Television-Radio and an MS in Communications Innovation.

Christie St. Martin: Christie is the VP of Marketing for MGE's Digital Gaming. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Gamers.Vote, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that encourages and supports the act of participation, Gamers.Vote leads a coalition of various organizations as a unifying brand to make voting a priority. Christie is a member of the advisory board for Gamers Outreach: A nonprofit organization that provides recreation to children in hospitals through the power of video games and the gaming community. She is a former competitive gamer with 20 years working in and round the space. Christie is laser-focused on creating social and civic impact in the gaming community.

Justin Joseph '99: Justin Joseph is an Emmy Award-Winning Creative Director with over 20 years of experience writing, producing, and directing content for major entertainment outlets such as HBO, GoPro, CNBC, NFL Network, and others. He is currently the Creative Director for Electronic Art's Competitive Gaming Content & Programming division, which is part of the Competitive Gaming Entertainment Division (CGE), for all competitive titles (Madden, FIFA, APEX Legends). He had previously worked as the division's lead Senior Editor & Post Production Supervisor, as well as wearing a variety of other "hats," including the creation of the first-ever full-scale EA Broadcast Studio, including post-production development and workflow. 

Host & Moderator: Alex Estabrook '06 & '18: Instructor, Television-Radio, Sports Media, Roy H Park School of Communications. Alex earned his M.S. in Communications Innovation and his B.S. in TVDM at Ithaca College. He is an Emmy-nominated Editor and Producer, who worked in ESPN Production Operations from 2006 to 2016. He teaches in a multicamera studio setting, as well as the versatile field and post-production classroom. Alex’s research and creative work focuses on gaming, esports, and mental health. He seeks out opportunities to blend content styles and delivery methods. At ESPN, Alex produced highlights incorporating video game elements mixed with live event footage for broadcast nationally, internationally, and streamed online.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Alex Estabrook '06, Instructor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies, Roy H. Park School of Communications, at aestabr1@ithaca.edu

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Alex Estabrook at aestabr1@ithaca.edu or 607-274-1459. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.