The casinos in Atlantic City want in on eSports, with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority voting to put in more than $700,000 for events in the oceanside city over the next year and a half.
The group will organize events at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center, and will see competitions involving several very popular games. eSports has grown to be extremely popular around the world, as spectators flock to arenas and view events online, as professional players play video games that are designed for competitive play. Of course, the activity is also a prime betting vertical, and Atlantic City is hoping to see a lot of action taken as the tournaments play out.
Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gillam gave his support, saying: "It's something in my opinion that puts Atlantic City on the edge of something different and new."
Events could take place as soon as April or May, as event details will be voted on next month.
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