STRAIGHT OUTTA FORTNITE
Esports, also known as electronic sports (thanks Wikipedia), has become a multibillion-dollar a year industry. Competitive gaming viewership has surpassed Major League Baseball and National Hockey, and according to the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, Orlando is getting in the game.
Wait, What’s Happening Now?
According to a comparison of 100 cities by WalletHub, Orlando ranked #2 for best cities for gamers. In 2017, Orlando hosted the first Call of Duty World League Championship at the Amway Center and hosted 32 of the worlds best teams. The Orlando Magic has even joined the NBA 2K League, and their new gaming team drafted 17 of the top gamers to compete against the other 20 teams in the league. It is the first official Esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.
Kids (and Adults) These Days.
Downtown Orlando’s game is strong with UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) anchored just across from Creative Village (ranked #3 in the world by Princeton Review, NBD). There are also great gaming MeetUps held Downtown and recently a gaming-centric coworking space, Gamespace, opened off Lake Eola. And soon, you can even grab a beer at Esports nightlife venue, Defy Esports Bar!
What a time to be alive.