Dreamleague Gaming, a California-based company that hosts live amateur video gaming tournaments, is opening a New Orleans studio, which will serve as a Southern hub for its events. The studio is expected to employ 25 people. Dreamleague CEO Nathaniel Tsai said the company’s move to New Orleans is part of its push to expand its presence in college-level and amateur gaming. The company puts on about 20 to 30 gaming events a year. It looks to double that next year, including adding five to six tournaments hosted in New Orleans, Tsai said. The New Orleans studio will produce new video content for its leagues in addition to handling ticketing and marketing for live gaming events in the region. Tsai noted the city already has big appeal with travelers seeking music, food and sporting experiences.
He thinks that can follow through to gaming. “It’s a natural fit here,” Tsai said. The electronic sports, or esports, market is growing fast, expected to top $1 billion in global revenues in coming years. Competitive tournaments for games like Call of Duty, Halo and Overwatch, as well as sports titles like FIFA and Madden NFL, are booming, ranging from novice to pro level. Gamers compete, but also participate as spectators, including through live streaming platforms like Twitch. Dreamleague Gaming, founded in 2016, is among those vying for a slice of the market. The company’s niche is hosting events at the amateur and college level, including tournaments on college campuses. In addition to hosting events, the company consults universities looking to host their own gaming tournaments. The company is the latest win for state and local economic development officials, who have been working to position Louisiana as a welcoming — and affordable — landing pad for digital industries, including gaming. The list of […]