Contender Esports Cary will host a hybrid esports tournament with 16 Call of Duty teams and 8 Rainbow 6: Siege teams on August 27-29, 2021. This will result in over 100 players in attendance with most being from out of state. The players and coaches will fly into RDU, stay in local hotels, and eat at local restaurants. This is a perfect national esports event for the area at the grassroots level. Events like these in Wake County is what Rep. Jason Saine is pushing for with House Bill 945, Esports Incentive Program Learn more.

With the current hyper growth in gaming and esports, it is essential for the Triangle to take advantage of this growing industry to boost the local economy. In person esports events are great not only for economic purposes, but also for the players and tournament organizers. Even though video games can be played online, LANs are far better due to the fact everyone is on the same level playing field due to the equipment, bandwidth/internet, and the prevention of cheating. This results in these events running smoother.

According to Wake County Economic Development, The Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee (GRELOC) is working to attract 6-8 events per year at the local, regional, nation and international levels that will drive economic development and job growth in all sectors of the gaming community. Read more.

Contender Esports Cary regularly hosts local esports events. Now with the restrictions being lifted, Contender Esports Cary has put a focus on organizing regional and national events. They have plans to host a collegiate esports combine and will sponsor a Super Smash Bros Ultimate regional later in 2021. Visit Raleigh, GRSA, and GRELOC are a great team that have assisted in venues, hotels, knowledge and promotion. When we were gearing up for our grand opening in 2020, we had some challenges finding an internet provider to meet our timeline. A big thank you to Ed Tomasi who connected us with Celito and we had our fiber internet installed in 45 days. “They are great to work with” says Contender Esports Cary’s owner Caleb Smith.

Contender Esports Cary is a Wake County based esports venue with 50 gaming stations including 2 training rooms and a streaming set up. They regularly host tournaments, workshops, and esports based camps. In addition, they have teams for middle school and high school students. The goal is to continue to offer esports based training and add industry educational programs such as PC building, coding, content creation (streaming, graphic design, video editing, etc.), and more. They have also started an internship program for high school students to gain experience working within the industry. Contender Esports Cary owner, Caleb Smith has also formed the Triangle Esports Alliance. They are an organization of local esports venues and tournament organizers who have joined forces to uplift and elevate the various gaming communities in the Triangle. Be on the lookout for what Caleb Smith has in the works. In May 2021, he was featured in the Triangle Business Journal. Caleb’s goal is to revolutionize esports and to turn the Triangle into the esports capital of North America. For more information visit Contender Esports or contact