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Cowboys. Rangers. Fortnite? A Texas City Bets on Esports Stadium

  • Arlington already has major-league baseball and football teams
  • Now it is spending $10 million to build an esports arena
A rendering of the competition arena at Esports Stadium Arlington
A rendering of the competition arena at Esports Stadium Arlington

Source: City of Arlington

The home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers is making a risky bet on the fast-growing world of competitive video games.

Arlington, Texas, is gambling $10 million of taxpayer money on what it calls the country’s biggest electronic-sports venue. The city of 396,000, which has sunk about $1 billion into football and baseball stadiums, is wagering that gamers will leave their homes, where they can follow Overwatch or Fortnite matches on live-streaming apps, to witness contestants in tricked-out easy chairs compete on big screens.