Atlantic City Data Deal Hints at Future Esports Hub

Could Atlantic City's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority be turning to online video games to revitalize the resort town? A recent data deal between the network solutions company Continent 8 and the city hints at the construction of a major esports hub in New Jersey.

The deal includes the installation of 6,000-square-feet of secure servers at the Atlantic City Convention Center. According to a press release from June 26, the servers will provide the city with “secure data redundancy and disaster recovery,” but could there be more to the story?

Continent 8 is already established in Atlantic City and shows signs of expanding their presence. The company entered the New Jersey market in 2014, establishing one of the first data centers to serve the city's new online gambling industry.

Then in June, Continent 8 moved into Ocean Resort Casino, where it established a second data center to serve “independent licensed infrastructure and cybersecurity services” for operators in the state's online gambling industry. The new data center is open about its ability to handle multi-state customer data and even connect overseas.

The ability to work with international markets was an important part of the new data deal, but it is not likely an indication that New Jersey plans to legalize international player-pool sharing. International video game competitions, however, are an entirely different story. Continent 8's intention to facilitate an esports hub in Atlantic City is the most immediate and logical reason for the new data centers.

Continent 8's expanded presence could certainly facilitate massive online esports tournaments. Now it is on casinos to attract the teams, players, and fans.

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