Panel: Wisconsin should seize esports industry

16 Apr 2021


Proponents of esports see the competitive video gaming industry as poised for expansion in the state of Wisconsin. 

“We don’t think of kids playing video games — we think of esports as a growing economic sector and a fast economic sector,” said Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Governmental Affairs Senior Vice President Steve Baas.

Esports is competitive, organized video gaming. Like sports, players can get involved in structured clubs to compete with others, but in video games. 

Baas was a panelist during Rep. Tip McGuire’s (pictured above) public discussion on esports’ potential impact on Wisconsin’s economic growth. The industry, Baas cited, has a $10 billion valuation. 

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