Comcast Business today announced that it has teamed up with two leading nonprofit institutions in central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, to create a best-in-class facility for competitive, organized video gaming or “esports.”
Esports is a growing global phenomenon, which generated $906 million in revenue and engaged 389 million viewers worldwide in 2018.
Harrisburg University established its varsity esports team, “The Storm,” in 2017. To address growing interest, the University turned to neighboring Whitaker Center to build a physical home turf for the team, which is outfitted with a one gigabit fiber line from Comcast Business. Once the partnership was solidified, the first order of business was to implement the technological infrastructure required to host HUE Festival, an esports tournament with 32 teams from 21 universities. To support the intense network demand an event of this nature requires, the esports facility within the center installed additional fiber to extend their network to Whitaker Center’s Digital Cinema and Sunoco Theater.