Derek Watford is the co-founder of High Point Gamer. He is a military veteran and community activist who believes gaming was the gateway to his successful tech career.
Derek uses that knowledge to help drive the gaming industry forward, while advocating for diversity and economic empowerment - and preparing the next generation for success.
Derek has worked with several high-profile organizations and celebrities throughout his career, producing numerous Esports and gaming events. His expertise was even put to use during the inaugural season of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Esports league, where he provided career advice to newly drafted pro gamers.
Derek was the first to produce a scholarship gaming tournament in his area. It gave high school students the opportunity to use their gaming skills to support their continued education. He believes Esports can help promote economic empowerment, social inclusion and diversity. He is currently working on several development projects that will enhance the Esports market.