AT&T joins PA Esports Coalition
Company’s membership highlights growing interest, opportunity in esports across Commonwealth
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Monday, Dec. 10, 2018) – AT&T, the world’s largest media and entertainment company, has joined the Pennsylvania Esports Coalition (PA ESC), a non-profit organization created to advance the development, growth and integrity of competitive entertainment in Pennsylvania. The addition of the company to the coalition’s growing list of members highlights the immense potential and tremendous opportunities that esports brings to the Commonwealth.
Bill Thomas, Chairman of the PA ESC Board of Directors, said the relationship with AT&T is a watershed moment for the coalition, and shows the growing interest in gaming for corporations and businesses across Pennsylvania.
“We are elated to have one of the world’s largest companies as a member of our coalition as we continue to gain momentum advocating for all aspects of the industry in Pennsylvania,” Thomas said. “AT&T is an iconic company with a global brand, so this is a significant moment for the coalition. To have their representatives in Pennsylvania recognize our efforts and the importance of what we are doing for the industry is beyond exciting. It means we are making an impact.”
AT&T is no stranger to esports. The company is the official Telecommunications and Mobile Gaming Partner of ESL North America, the largest independent esports company that works to deliver the best esports experiences globally both online and through live events.
“We jumped at the chance to join the coalition in part because they’re ahead of the game. PA ESC is the first organization of its kind in the country, and we wanted to be early members. They’re already looking ahead at the many issues that impact this fast-evolving, fast-growing area of technology and entertainment,” said David Kerr, Regional Vice President, External Affairs , AT&T.
“It makes sense for AT&T to be active in the competitive entertainment ecosystem because they sit at the crossroads of developing the technology for people to play competitively and delivering the entertainment content to the public,” Thomas added. “Competitive entertainment continues to evolve, and mobile gaming continues to grow as well. There are issues that directly impact the esports industry and companies like AT&T, so the company’s membership is a natural fit.”