Why Major League Soccer Is Bullish About Its Upcoming Esports Tournament

Lessons from Nascar and the NBA have guided its planning

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MLS debuts its esports tournament on Sunday. Major League Soccer

Athletes playing video games appears to be the backup plan of choice for sports companies during the coronavirus shutdown. First, iRacing took over for Formula 1 and Nascar events with impressive success. Soon after, the NBA announced an NBA 2K competition featuring top players. Now, Major League Soccer is getting involved with the most expansive gaming crossover to date.

Mitch Reames is a freelance writer based in southern Oregon. A 2017 graduate of the University of Oregon school of journalism and communications, Reames covers a wide range of industry topics including creativity, agencies, brands, esports and more.