Des Moines is launching a new summer esports league starting in July, city officials announced this week.
- Video game usage skyrocketed during the pandemic, and with streaming services like Twitch gaining popularity, the trend isn't expected to slow down.
- Esports has also carved space in college sports. Just look at Grand View University, the first in our state to launch a varsity esports program that the school says has "exponentially" grown in players ever since.
Why it matters: It could open up opportunities for future investment in our city.
- Members of the city's Park Board said this week that they'd consider a partnership between the city league and Grand View in the future.
- It could even open doors for DSM to host big national events. I mean hey, we did it with skateboarding.
Details: Standard registration for the summer league begins Tuesday and costs $30.
- There are leagues for ages 8 and up, starting the week of July 11 and lasting six weeks.
- To play, you need your own console/computer and gaming account.
- The games: Madden NFL 21, Rocket League and Super Smash Bros.
What to watch: The Des Moines Gaming Club, a new gaming business that will also offer virtual reality, is opening in the coming weeks inside Southridge Mall.
- It'll have leagues, tournaments, casual play hours and watch parties.
💬 Our thought bubble: Way cool. DSM's forward-thinking helps explain why we were ranked among the top park systems in the nation yesterday.
- Esports wasn't a factor in the Trust for Public Land's ParkScore index, but it should be!
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