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The first competitive video game tournaments go back as far as the early ’70s, when bragging rights and a subscription to Rolling Stone were adequate prizes. Now, money has entered the competitive multiplayer video gaming equation in a major way, and casinos have taken notice. Case in point, Downtown Grand started hosting weekly esports competitions in 2015, and in 2016, the casino started taking wagers. Millennial Esports, the newest kid on the Downtown block, officially opened at Neonopolis this year, boasting a 15,000-square-foot space. And MGM Resorts International announced in April that an esports arena isn’t just on the way, it’s replacing the entire LAX nightclub inside Luxor. Esports isn’t anything new, particularly in Las Vegas. The difference is that now, casinos are investing in the trend. millennialesports.com

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