Before Call of Duty World League Championship announced it was coming to Amway Center in August — potentially bringing more than 20,000 people to Orlando — Amy Jantzer was well aware of how e-sports could benefit the city and its tech scene.
As someone who plays video games, it doesn’t surprise Jantzer, who is a senior vice president of mobile app development and consulting firm Echo Interaction Group, that e-sports is expected to be a $1.2 billion by 2018. (See the slideshow for a look at the rise of e-sports and where it may be headed in the future.) But it may have surprised her that there was not a local meetup group to support the industry’s growth in Orlando. So she decided to do something about that.