Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced Friday a sponsorship of NRG Esports.
The sponsorship is part of the WeDC initiative at South By Southwest, which begins this weekend in Austin, Texas.
“Through collaborations with organizations like NRG, we are actively working to position ourselves for the future and in the next five to eight years, DC will be positioned to be the capital of esports,” Max Brown, chairman of the board of directors for Events DC, said in a news release.
NRG is mainly known for its Counter-Strike and Overwatch teams but also teams in Rocket League, Smite, Super Smash Bros, Hearthstone and Vainglory. Details in the release were sparse, but Mashable reported the city of Washington, DC plans to build an arena NRG will inhabit.
“A $65 million 4,200-seat, state-of-the-art arena,” Brown told Mashable. “[It will] come online in late-2018, early-2019. Fully tailored and wired for esports.”
The arena reportedly would also house the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. NRG chairman Andy Miller told Mashable that this did not necessarily mean anything about Blizzard’s Overwatch League, which has plans for location-based teams.