Going into 2021 we have big goals and plans for what we would like to accomplish. With the growth of esports we want the Triangle which includes Cary, Raleigh, Apex, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Mooresville to take full advantage of it. There has already been a decent amount happening with Raleigh being a location for an annual Rainbow 6 Major and a large regional event called Triangle Esports Championship. This coming year the first ever collegiate esports national championship will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center and esports will be included in the North Carolina Powerade State Games. Last year local sports teams such as the Carolina Hurricanes and North Carolina FC became more involved in esports. In 2021 we at Contender Esports Cary plan to work with all of these organizations to develop and improve their esports programs.
Contender Esports Cary is the video gaming (esports) facility in Waverly Place Cary. At our LAN center which you can see from the website we are an educational video gaming organization. In addition to the education we offer family friendly activities as well. It is completely open to the public everyday. We are the hub location for video gaming and esports in the area. We will continue to offer our youth workshops and teams as well as add camps to help educate the youth and build character and life skills through productive video gaming. We plan to offer classes/courses 6 days a week and be a premier spot for teams, leagues, education, and more.
Last year we had a partnership with the soccer teams North Carolina FC and North Carolina Courage which wasn’t able to go into full effect during due to the lockdown, but the men’s league the USL conducted a Rocket League and FIFA tournament which NCFC participated in both. Our goal is to partner with them again this year and develop a full esports program. Many traditional sports teams are getting more involved in esports and we want our local soccer team to be as well. Owner Steve Malik and John Kane are in the process of building at 20,000 seat stadium and a in downtown Raleigh. With all the advancements being made esports should defiantly be in the discussion.
Currently we have partnerships with other organizations such as XP League and Empyrean Vii which I will talk about in later blog post. Overall all the sports teams, cities/towns, and local gaming groups we are looking to partner with and assist or completely run their esports program to keep on with our vision of turning the Triangle into the esports capital of North America.