DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Esports, electronic sports competitions played via video games, are a growing market, and the June 21-26 Esports Week in Daytona Beach will feature the EsportsTravel Summit and the CEO 2022 Fighting Game Championships.
Kicking off the busy week of activities in the destination will be the EsportsTravel Summit on June 21-23 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. The three-day event, which is presented by Northstar Meetings Group and hosted by the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, is the world’s largest gathering of esports tournament and video-game event organizers and is the only event focused on the travel side of the esports industry.
First launched in 2017, the biggest brands in the esports industry come together at the summit and their representatives are featured as presenters. The mission of the event is to continue to educate stakeholders on the relationship between venues, destinations, event suppliers, the travel industry and esports.
“Daytona Beach has long established itself in traditional sports and we’re excited to showcase how this incredible destination has embraced esports as well through our EsportsTravel Summit,’” said Jason Gewirtz, vice president of the Sports Division of Northstar Meetings Group. “Summit attendees will experience firsthand how a destination with a storied past in sports has positioned itself on the leading edge of the future of the sports and entertainment industries.”
Following the conclusion of the EsportsTravel Summit, the CEO 2022 Fighting Game Championships, one of the world’s largest fighting game tournaments and conventions, will take center stage at the nearby Ocean Center with a three-day event on June 24-26. The event will feature fight game tournaments, a 24-hour free play arcade called the Jebaileyland Arcade (named after Alex Jebailey, Director of CEO Fighting Game Championships), Artist Alley, vendors, TableTop gaming and the best professional fighting game players from around the world.
Registration for competitors has closed however spectators can still register in advance or purchase passes at the door. Details on ceogaming.org.
“It’s great to be returning to the Ocean Center for the CEO 2022 Fighting Game Championships,” said Jebailey. “The venue provides ample space for the event’s activities and the close proximity to hotels, restaurants and the beach make Daytona Beach an all-in-one destination for attendees.”
“We’re excited to have the esports community, one of the fastest growing industries in the world, visit the destination and bring positive economic impact into the community,” said Lori Campbell Baker, Executive Director for the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We hope the attendees for both events – the EsportsTravel Summit and the CEO Fighting Game Championships – enjoy all the amenities and attractions that the Daytona Beach Area has to offer.”
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