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Esports find broader embrace during pandemic shutdown

Added 05-23-20 04:03:02am EST - “It was little surprise and ultimately hard to miss the boost in prominence esports, i.e. competitive video games, during the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.” - Washingtontimes.com

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - It was little surprise and ultimately hard to miss the boost in prominence esports, i.e. competitive video games, during the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

After years building massive online audiences, esports has broadened its place in the modern mainstream during the days of social distancing, filling the prime-time void on ESPN and other prominent sports networks.

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Locally, the Navy is hosting esports tournaments in Madden 20 for service members and a new esports hub was recently founded at the OWA entertainment complex in Foley, Alabama.

Pensacola-based event management company Snap Soccer, which is affiliated with Perdido Bay FC, has hosted virtual soccer league and tournament play with FIFA on Xbox and Playstation consoles.

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