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Atlanta will soon have its own Overwatch League team, making it the first eSports team to represent the city. With a projected $1 billion revenue in 2019, eSports is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and Atlanta is poised to become the Southeast's hub.
Starting Saturday, soccer fans will take over Atlanta for our city's first time hosting Major League Soccer's All-Star Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where a roster of MLS players—including Atlanta United's Miguel Almirón, Ezequiel Barco, Brad Guzan, Josef Martínez, and Michael Parkhurst—take on Italian team Juventus.
Welcome to the SoaR house, the improbable headquarters of one of the largest eSports organizations in the world. Its seven residents earn their livings by playing multiplayer video games like Call of Duty and Fortnite for millions of YouTube and Twitch followers from around the world. The video-game industry has blossomed in metro Atlanta thanks to a sizable talent pool, entertainment tax credits, and Fortune 500 corporations eager to connect with young consumers.