Atlantic City’s new Call of Duty: Dominate esports tourneys

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City wants to become the East Coast capitol of competitive video game tournaments, also known as esports.

The activity is rapidly growing in popularity across the country and around the world. The New Jersey gambling resort wants to become a major player in the nearly $1 billion global market.

Isle of Man-based Continent 8 is building a $5 million data center at the Atlantic City Convention Center to serve not only the data-intensive esports industry, but internet gambling and sports betting technologies as well.

And Stockton University is joining the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s intercollegiate esports competition, building a competition room at its Galloway campus, near Atlantic City.

Two Atlantic City casinos held esports tournaments last year and the Ocean Resort Casino plans an esports convention this weekend.

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