Inside the Campaign to Make Atlantic City an Esports Hub

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Once branded as “America’s Favorite Playground,” Atlantic City, New Jersey is famed for its casinos and entertainment offerings. In recent years, the city has made efforts to expand its economy and become less reliant on gambling—and its next target is esports.

Atlantic City has already hosted two notable tournaments of late. In March 2017, Caesars Atlantic City hosted a Gears of War  Pro Circuit event with more than 60 teams and a $200K USD prize pool, while this May’s Rainbow Six Pro League Finals drew in more than 2,000 attendees to Harrah’s Resort for the $275K major tournament. Large casinos hosted both of those events, and the turnout and enthusiasm around both events got local economic councils thinking about the future possibilities.

Those two tournaments could just be the tip of the iceberg for this iconic city, as organizations are working to establish an esports-ready venue in town and trying to lure significant events that leverage both the city’s reputation and its existing infrastructure…

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