Esports

The esports phenomenon came to life vividly for Jason Siegel when he took his son Ryder, accompanied by his youth league baseball teammates, to an NBA2K tournament at The Fortress on the Full Sail University campus last summer… Read Full Article

Greater Orlando’s Esports Ecosystem

WHY ORLANDO

With 75 million visitors in 2018, Central Florida is the world's leading vacation destination. It's home to numerous theme parks including Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando along with diverse attractions catering to visitors of all ages and interests. In addition to its enviable year-round climate, Central Florida boasts two international airports, high-quality resorts and hotels, dozens of world-class venues, beautiful beaches, stunning golf courses, exceptional shopping, delectable dining and exciting nightlife.

 

Goldman Sachs estimates that by 2020, 70 million people will watch an esports final. By that time, consumers will watch 3 billion hours of esports, or 10 percent of all sports viewing.

 

The esports community is growing by the day, averaging at a 15% increase each year according to Newzoo statistics. This year alone the global esports audience reached 380 million people and is expected to increase to 557 million by 2021.  Currently, North America is the leading country for esports revenue with projections of becoming a 1.65 billion dollar business by 2020. Males ages 21-35 make up more than 38 percent of global esports marketing, making them the largest segment of “esports enthusiasts.”

 

For more information on how to host your event in Greater Orlando, please contact Brent Nelson, Senior VP of Business Development at 407-648-0103 or bnelson@greaterorlandosports.com.

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ORLANDO IS POSITIONING ITSELF TO BE THE ESPORTS & GAMING DESTINATION IN THE UNITED STATES.

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History of Events

December 14, 2019
2019 Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Fall Finals at The Fortress at Full Sail University

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August 24, 2019
Red Bull Conquest at The Fortress at Full Sail University

 

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July 30, 2019
MLS All-Star Week eMLS Challenge at Ace Café Orlando

 

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July 5-7, 2019
Halo Outpost: Discovery at Orange County Convention Center

 

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June 13-15, 2019
NBA 2K The Ticket at The Fortress at Full Sail University

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August 9-13, 2017
Call of Duty World League Championships at Amway Center

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VENUES

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Funding Opportunities for Event Organizers

The Greater Orlando region has set aside tourist development tax funds to be used to attract sports events to the region. The goal of the funds is to foster economic development as well as bringing events to the region for the enjoyment of the citizens.

EDUCATION

LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS

Addition Financial Arena

CEO

City of Orlando

Defy eSports Bar

EA Sports

ESPN Wide World of Sports

Full Sail University

Greater Orlando Sports Commission

Orange County

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando City Soccer Club

Orlando Economic Partnership

Orlando Magic

Orlando Venues

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Osceola Heritage Park/SMG

PRG

Red Bull

Special Olympics

UCF Athletics

Universal Orlando

University of Central Florida

WKMG

Willow TV

 

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