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- The Atlanta Sports Council has formed a new Atlanta Esports Alliance division to help court more events and esports opportunities for the region.
- Skillshot Media founder and CEO Todd Harris will chair the alliance, with other local esports companies, game developers, and industry professionals involved.
- This weekend’s DreamHack Atlanta 2019 convention includes esports competitions with a total prize pool topping $1.6M USD.
The Atlanta Sports Council (ASC) announced that it has formed the Atlanta Esports Alliance (AEA), a collective of local companies and industry professionals that will work together to try and bring more esports events and opportunities to the city.
The ASC is a division of the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), and the Atlanta Esports Alliance will be a collaboration between those groups alongside the Georgia Game Developers Association, esports production company Skillshot Media (which was spun off from Hi-Rez Studios), economic officials, and various local industry leaders.
The announcement comes alongside this weekend’s DreamHack Atlanta 2019 expo, which includes several esports competitions—such as the Smite World Championship and Paladins World Championship—with a total prize pool of more than $1.6M. The AEA website includes the logos of DreamHack, the Overwatch League’s Atlanta Reign, and marketing company Revel, among others.
“Atlanta is a top esports city because we have the venues and infrastructure required to host major events, plus all the elements unique to the esports ecosystem: local game publishers, tournament organizers, over a dozen salaried professional esports teams and, most importantly, a community that games,” said Todd Harris, founder and CEO of Skillshot Media and chair of the Atlanta Esports Alliance, in a release. “Additionally, our K-12 and higher education systems have recognized and sanctioned esports as a varsity activity, and the Atlanta business community also understands the value of esports and its audience.”
In addition to the Reign—which hosted one of the 2019 season’s three homestand weekends—Atlanta is also home to sister team the Atlanta FaZe from the upcoming Call of Duty League, as well as the NBA 2K League’s Hawks Talon GC. Turner Sports’ ELEAGUE studio and production team are also based in Atlanta.
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