Washington D.C. Set to be the Capital of Esports?

For Washington, D.C., being the capital of the United States of America isn't enough. The city is looking to become the capital of something else entirely: esports.

North American esports team NRG Esports is now being sponsored by D.C., the district's official convention and sports authority, Events D.C. revealed to me in a series of interviews yesterday. Not only is the city's sponsorship one of the first of its kind, it marks the District of Columbia's official push into the world of professional competitive gaming.

NRG Esports β€” which has professional teams and players competing in OverwatchCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveHearthstoneSuper Smash Bros.Rocket League and more β€” was founded by Sacramento Kings co-owners Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov, and has big name investors like four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal and MLB stars/World Series champions Alex Rodriguez and Jimmy Rollins. Washington D.C. will have logos on the teams' jerseys, players' streams and the NRG website, plus it will host NRG bootcamps where players get together and practice for long hours for days on end.

Sponsoring a team like this is a way for D.C. to show that it’s embracing esports and gearing up to be an esports hub. This is just another prong in our strategic approach to continue to make D.C. a great place to live and work and play.
— Max Brown, Events D.C. Chairman