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Raleigh, N.C.: A Top Five Global Esports Host Destination


Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee (GRELOC)

The GRELOC is supported by a diverse group of local civic, sports and business leaders who are interested in growing esports and gaming activities in Greater Raleigh. GRELOC will help stimulate the local economy and serve Greater Raleigh by helping it actively participate in the fastest-growing segment of the entertainment industry. GRELOC will help bring esports events, leagues, tournaments, teams, players and other related gaming activities to the destination and support the local gaming community and scholastic programs.

Greater Raleigh is home to numerous video game and esports companies, including leading developer Epic Games and Ubisoft, NVIDIA, Cisco and Lenovo. With hundreds of innovative technology companies headquartered in the region, plus a number of world-class universities and colleges, Greater Raleigh has quickly become globally recognized as a top global host destination for major esports events.

We are a winning destination


A recent study by esports firm PLAYHRDR Advisors identifies Greater Raleigh as a Top Five Global Esports Host Destination! The report showcases Raleigh's dedication to nurturing a vibrant esports scene, drawing major tournaments, players and fans worldwide.

We are here to help!
GRELOC and GRSA offer the following assistance, FREE of charge:

  • Venue availability searches
  • Economic incentive applications
  • Planning in-market familiarization tour visits with on-site venue team walkthroughs
  • Hotel room-block proposals
  • Esports-experienced liaison (your "boots on the ground")
  • Transportation planning and coordination
  • Provide an event welcome landing page with destination information for attendees (things to do, dining, maps and more)
  • Assist with city branding permits for banners and illumination, hotel lobby signage and digital welcoming signs at our hometown airport (RDU)
  • Post-event economic impact analysis report
  • Introduction to local vendors with esports event production experience, equipment and services
  • Identify potential local sponsors

N.C. Esports Incentive

To demonstrate its commitment and support of the esports industry, North Carolina is offering a 25% rebate on qualifying esports purchases and expenses while in state. The rebate, funded through the N.C. Esports Industry Grant, is currently allotted $5 million per fiscal year.


Raleigh's Ready to Host Your Next Event