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North Texas Could Lead the Future of Esports in U.S.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week was held from mid-November this year and featured some of the foremost speakers and topics being presented in settings throughout the world. One of these topics brought some of brightest north Texas minds together in Fort Worth to talk about the future of gaming and esports in Texas.

Fast becoming a major component of the global economy, esports and gaming are areas in which north Texas hopes to stand out in the near future. GEW hosts thousands of competitions and events throughout 170 countries in an effort to inspire entrepreneurial activity while bringing those with innovative ideas together with potential mentors, investors, and collaborators. Arlington is scheduled to open its Esports Stadium on November 24 – the largest of its kind in North America. The north Texas forum moderator for the GEW session, Nancy Coblenz, CEO of Rebel Role Model, told nbcdfw.com, “It’s time that we finally have our stadium to call home and not borrow someone else’s stadium… In Arlington, we are actually putting esports as a national spotlight. We are stealing a lot of thunder for gaming and professional gaming here in America.”

North Texas Could Lead the Future of Esports in U.S.

Photo: Facebook/Esports Stadium Arlington

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The Esports Stadium scheduled to open this month is being touted as a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically for the purpose of hosting gaming and esport competition. It’s anticipated to bring sponsors and spectators for esports competition, events, and productions to Arlington, becoming an economic cornerstone in north Texas. Coblenz told nbcdfw.com that in order for the trend to crossover into a traditional sport in the next decade, “we really need to have the adoption of the larger consumers and the older generations to believe in what we are doing and believe in where this is all going as an emerging technology.”

North Texas Could Lead the Future of Esports in U.S.

Photo: Facebook/Esports Stadium Arlington

With the ability to host 1,000 spectators, the Arlington esports stadium will be nicely positioned to take a piece of the pie in what’s expected to be a $2.3 billion industry by the year 2022. Globally, professional gaming and esports teams are competing in games such as Dota2 and Overwatch in leagues which will soon see professional promotion the likes of which is found in the NBA, NFL, and Fox Sports. The U.S. is frankly lagging behind by five to seven years in terms of taking advantage of esports, compared to nations like South Korea, China, and Japan. Coblenz called it the soccer of the digital world. Organizers of the GEW discussion on esports and gaming believe the new stadium will put north Texas in the limelight and could be the new wave of the future.