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Here Are the Top U.S. Cities for Gamers

With more Americans making a living using their video game prowess than ever before, gaming is now considered a viable career option. Moreover, it has taken an official note, with competitive esports exploding in the U.S. and beyond.

As a result, those looking for relocation options to start or expand their gaming profession may be interested in knowing that some cities come with everything a gamer might look for.

With this in mind, CommercialCafe recently compiled a list of the best U.S. cities for gaming enthusiasts. The factors taken into account were:

  • Percentage of households with broadband subscriptions
  • Average internet speeds
  • Percentage of households with at least one computing device
  • Number of gaming/equipment establishments per 100,000 people
  • Number of gaming scholarships available
  • Number of gaming conventions hosted in the city

So, here are the top 10 cities in the U.S. that cater to every gamer’s needs:

Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, 94.4% of households have at least one computing device, and 87.7% have a broadband subscription. The average internet speeds here are around 96.8 Mbps, and there are 12 gaming/equipment stores per 100,000 residents.

While there are no gaming scholarships in LA, the city hosts six gaming conventions. Strategicon runs three major events: Gamex, Gateway, and Orccon. In addition, the hugely popular E3 convention is held here, as is GameSoundCon, which focuses on music and audio in games and VR.

Miami

Heading east, the average internet speeds in Miami hover around an impressive 115.3 Mbps, and the city has one of the largest concentrations of gaming/equipment stores included in the survey at 20.4 per 100,000 people. Moreover, 70.8% of Miami households have broadband subscriptions, and 91.8% of them have at least one computing device.

Miami offers two gaming scholarships, one at Barry University and one at St. Thomas University – Florida. The latter gives students the opportunity to compete at the Florida Sun Conference and at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). What’s more, Miami holds one major gaming convention each year.

Austin

Gamers in Austin have access to one gaming scholarship at Austin’s Concordia University – Texas, which competes in the American Southwest Conference (Division III). Other nearby schools like the University of Texas in Richardson and Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth also offer gaming scholarships. Gamers also have five gaming conventions to choose from here: HavenCon, SXSW, Classic Game Fest, RTX, and Minefaire Austin.

In Austin, 94.9% of households have at least one computing device, and 89.2% have a broadband subscription. Average internet speeds in the city are 117.9 Mbps, and the gaming establishment density is 14.6.

Dallas

In Dallas, the average internet speeds are 96.8 Mbps, and there are 12.5 gaming/equipment stores per 100,000 residents. Around 90.4% of households possess at least one computing device, while 81.6% have a broadband subscription.

Dallas doesn’t have any gaming scholarships, but gamers can check out three major gaming conventions in the city, including QuakeCon, All-Con and Fan Expo Dallas.

 

 

Boston

Back east in Boston, where 92.7% of households have at least one computing device, and 87.4% have a broadband subscription. The average internet speeds are quite high at around 114.5 Mbps, and roughly 98% of the city has access to gigabit internet speeds. Boston also has nine gaming/equipment stores per 100,000 residents.

There is one gaming scholarship at Bay State College, where students can compete locally, regionally and nationally in tournaments and enjoy a dedicated training space in Back Bay. In addition, two conventions are held in the area – Arisia and PAX East.

Phoenix

Gaming scholarships are available at Arizona Christian University, where students can compete in the Golden State Athletic Conference and NAIA, and Grand Canyon University, where they can compete in the Western Athletic Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athlete Conference. In addition, Phoenix has two major gaming conventions: Game On Expo (Arizona’s largest gaming convention) and Phoenix Fan Fusion.

In Phoenix, 96.0% of households have at least one computing device, and 84.9% have a broadband subscription. Average internet speeds are 86.2 Mbps, and the gaming establishment density is 8.5.

Minneapolis

There are 16.2 gaming/equipment stores per 100,000 residents in Minneapolis, giving it one of the highest gaming establishment densities in the Midwest. Here, 95.5% of households have at least one computing device, and 87.4% have a broadband subscription. The average internet speeds are around 85.2 Mbps.

The city doesn’t have any gaming scholarships available. However, it does have two gaming conventions – MetaCon and 2D Con.

Atlanta

In Atlanta, 94.1% of households possess at least one computing device, and 87.9% have a broadband subscription. Here, the average internet speeds are 92.7 Mbps, and there are an impressive 15.6 gaming/equipment stores per 100,000 residents.

Georgia State University has a gaming scholarship and is part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports and the Georgia Esports League (GEL). Moreover, gamers can check out the city’s four major gaming conventions – Dragon Con, MomoCon, DreamHack Atlanta and Southern-Fried Gaming Expo.

Milwaukee

Milwaukee hosts the hugely popular Midwest Gaming Classic, which offers all kinds of tournaments and brings together numerous gaming vendors. In addition, Bryant & Stratton College offers a gaming scholarship here.

The average internet speeds in Milwaukee are around 101.5 Mbps, and the city has 9.7 gaming/equipment stores per 100,000 residents. The percentage of households with at least one computing device in Milwaukee is 89.0%, and 79.1% of households in the city have a broadband subscription.

Chicago

Average internet speeds in Chicago are 100.6 Mbps, while the city’s gaming establishment density is 10.4 per 100,000 residents. Households with at least one computing device make up 91.0%, and 83.6% have a broadband subscription.

Since the city is known as one of the world’s best locations for game developers, it’s not surprising that Chicago has a gaming scholarship, offered by the Robert Morris University –Illinois. Moreover, it is home to the NCSA (Next College Student Athlete), the largest and most successful college athletic recruiting network in the world, helping young gamers identify and secure scholarship opportunities.

 

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