Axis Replay, Atlanta’s newest entertainment and gaming venue, will host the kickoff of the city’s first-ever Esports Week Atlanta on Wednesday, November 14.
EWA is a gathering focused on highlighting and celebrating the emerging world of esports. The esports industry is growing rapidly in Atlanta and worldwide and is expected to top $1 billion globally by 2020.
Register for Esports Week Atlanta here.
In partnership with RIISE Ventures, Skillshot Media, DreamHack and Turner and IMG’s ELEAGUE, EWA brings innovators together to form the strategic partnerships to fuel growth. Its opening event at Axis Replay will allow industry leaders to get a sneak peek of the new venue during dinner and networking while learning how Georgia companies can become a part of this industry.
EWA events will continue through Sunday, November 18 and include tours of Hi-Rez Studios’ Skillshot Media, Turner and IMG’s ELEAGUE, and an Atlanta Falcons game at Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Esports Week Atlanta will also coincide with the premier gaming lifestyle festival DreamHack, which returns to Atlanta for three days, Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center. The 24 hour-a-day festival weekend features all things gaming under one roof and will be jam-packed with nearly $2 million in pro esports tournaments, collegiate and high school esports matches, world-famous LAN party, cosplay championship, panels, art, activities, expo, films, live music and more. Full details here.
“Atlanta is already a leader in esports, and EWA will highlight some of the great companies already in place — including Hi-Rez Studios, Skillshot Media and Turner Studios’ ELEAGUE — and the tremendous events coming here, including DreamHack,” said Axis Replay Founder Allie Young. “So much is happening in this state and Axis Replay will be a leader in showcasing this industry.
Atlanta is one of the nation’s top three best cities for gamers (via WalletHub)
Cox Enterprises recently bought franchise rights to the Atlanta Overwatch League, Atlanta Reign
The Atlanta Hawks are a NBA2K affiliate and Atlanta’s first pro franchise in esports
Atlanta is home to one of only two U.S. stops for the global, digital gaming lifestyle festival, DreamHack, as well as MomoCon and DragonCon, two major events with esports elements
Esports / By the Numbers:
In 2018-19, the global esports economy is expected to grow to more than $900 million and is expected to reach $1.4 billion by 2020
Brands are realizing the opportunity to be a part of the esports wave and their contribution to the global esports economy has increased 48 percent since 2017
The global esports audience will reach 380 million in 2018