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Esports venue firm targets ‘sweet spot’ of casual gamers

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 04 / 17 / 17

Childhood friends Paul Ward (left) and Tyler Endres founded Esports Arena with the idea of building a revenue base off casual, social gamers. Photo by: ESPORTS ARENA Esports may offer...

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