Esports amenities attract customers to Downtown Grand

On a recent Friday night, Isaac Perez walked out of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino $250 richer.

But it wasn’t because he wagered his money at a slot machine or tried his hand at blackjack.

He won a “Street Fighter V” video game tournament.

“We are at the convergence of eSports and gaming,” said Carson Knuth, co-founder of LEET, a startup that has been operating esports tournaments at Downtown Grand since January. “Our whole vision is that the 21st or 22nd casino floor would be video games and gambling.”

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  • A tournament featuring the game “Overwatch” — a multiplayer, first-person shooter game — attracted about 70 participants to the Downtown Grand and 30 people who came to simply watch the evening unfold.

    November 15, 2016 at 8:10 pm