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Ahead of the Game: The Unlikely Rise of a Detroit Kid Who Forever Changed the Esports Industry

Kevin J. Ryan
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Delane Parnell is not your typical tech entrepreneur. He was raised in a gang-riddled neighborhood on Detroit's west side, bouncing between homes a... Read More

Delane Parnell is not your typical tech entrepreneur. He was raised in a gang-riddled neighborhood on Detroit’s west side, bouncing between homes as his mother tried to make ends meet. Many of his closest friends and family members ended up in jail or dead.

This makes it even more incredible that Delane became the 25-year-old founder and CEO of PlayVS, a Los Angeles company that is forever changing the gaming landscape in America. In 2018, esports—team-based competitive video gaming—became an officially sanctioned high school sport, meaning student gamers can now earn varsity letters just like their basketball and volleyball player peers. Delane’s startup is making that happen, providing the infrastructure that hosts the competitions, compiles the statistics, organizes playoff tournaments, and streams state championships for tens of thousands of students across the country.

Ahead of the Game is a deeply reported narrative that tells the story of Delane, the motley group of underdogs and hustlers that helped build his several-hundred-million-dollar startup, and the previously overlooked students now participating in America’s growing esports phenomenon. It’s a tale of perseverance, courage, loyalty, race, family, tragedy, and believing you can overcome the odds—no matter how severely they’re stacked against you.

With a foreword by Sean "Diddy" Combs

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  • Contributor(s)Kevin J. Ryan
  • About the Contributor(s) Kevin J. Ryan is a staff writer for Inc. Magazine. He has written for ESPN The Magazine, CNBC, and the...

    Kevin J. Ryan is a staff writer for Inc. Magazine. He has written for ESPN The Magazine, CNBC, and the Long Island Press, and he has contributed to Mental Floss. Kevin has spent the last several years covering startups and entrepreneurs, including the story of Delane Parnell and PlayVS. Hometown: New York, NY

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  • ISBN-139781400224548
  • Publish Date03/07/2023
  • PublisherHarperCollins Leadership
  • Format Softcover
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Weight (lbs)0.65 lb
  • Case Weight (lbs)23.41 lb
  • Pages320
  • Price $19.99

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