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A look at how the esports world is evolving in Las Vegas

File - In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, teams compete against each other during the Dreamhack Masters e-sports tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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File - In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, teams compete against each other during the Dreamhack Masters e-sports tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The Super Bowl this weekend could draw more than 200 million people to Las Vegas. With the Taylor Swift factor added in, the number could be a record.

There’s no other sport that can rival that viewership … except perhaps one. Not baseball. Basketball. Hockey or soccer. It’s esports.

As far back as November 2018, the League of Legends World Championship in South Korea had almost 100 million unique viewers, more than the Super Bowl that year.

And one of the cities that’s a key player in the esports world is Las Vegas. The Luxor has a esports arena, UNLV has an esports team, and you can now gamble on esports matches in sports books.

On State of Nevada we spoke with Austin Champion with HyperX Arena, the biggest Esports hub in Las Vegas; Daniel Shehab, Team Manager and Competitive Director of Rebel Gaming at UNLV; and Shantell Labajo, a UNLV student and board member for the Nevada Esports Education League that's making strides in the student and youth community.


Guests: Austin Champion, brand ambassador, Allied Esports/HyperX Arena; Daniel Shehab, Team Manager and Competitive Director, UNLV; Shantell Labajo, UNLV student and board member, Nevada Esports Education League

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Christopher Alvarez is a news producer and podcast audio editor at Nevada Public Radio for the State of Nevada program, and has been with them for over a year.