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Prepare to be inspired by the story of Delane Parnell, the unlikeliest of CEOs now leading a gaming empire at the center of the booming, multibillion-dollar esports industry.

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 start-up 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 start-up, 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. Listeners will also:

  • Learn how the growing esports industry is changing the lives of students across the country who were previously not engaged in the high school experience.
  • Get a glimpse into a successful entrepreneur path unlike any other by following the story of how Delane Parnell created PlayVs in spite of the greatest of challenges.
  • Be inspired that there is hope and opportunity available to people who go against conventional paths to realize their dreams.

With a foreword by Sean "Diddy" Combs

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Kevin J. Ryan (P)2022 Thomas Nelson

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Way Ahead of the Game

One of the most inspiring "rags to riches" stories ever. Unflinching and unapologetic, this is an amazing book for fans of Esports, but especially for Black youth whose entrepreneurial or tech dreams often have no role models to emulate.