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Sep 28, 2020

PA Esports Coalition

PA ESC Responds to ESIC’s Investigation into Counter-Strike Bug Inquiry

CS:GO cheating scandal sheds light on need for additional regulatory structure in esports


Harrisburg, Pa. (Monday, Sept. 28, 2020) -- The Pennsylvania Esports Coalition (PA ESC) is monitoring and reviewing the information provided by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), a global not-for-profit membership organization focused on integrity and security of esports competitions, who today implicated 37 guilty parties in the exploitation of an in-game bug in the professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game title. The sanctions issued by ESIC were a result of an ongoing investigation launched earlier this month. 

Aug 31, 2020

PA Esports Coalition

Todd Kowalski named Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Esports Coalition

Kowalski will serve as the Coalition’s new Executive Director


HARRISBURG, Aug. 31 – The Pennsylvania Esports Coalition (PA ESC) has brought Todd Kowalski on as its new Executive Director. Kowalski, a seasoned professional in grassroots advocacy and coalition management, will continue to build awareness of the economic, educational and social benefits associated with esports in Pennsylvania by further promoting...

Dec 10, 2018

PA Esports Coalition

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.

Oct 10, 2018

PA Esports Coalition

PA Esports Coalition inks agreement with global integrity organization

Esports Integrity Coalition, PA ESC enter MOU to ensure integrity standards

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018) – The Pennsylvania Esports Coalition (PA ESC) has joined forces with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), a global not-for-profit membership organization focused on integrity and security of esports competitions, to bring ESIC's established and respected presence in esports integrity to the Commonwealth. The partnership highlights the PA ESC's growth in the esports ecosystem in the Mid-Atlantic region, and its commitment to advocating for and implementing proven standards that protect the integrity of esports.

Jul 17, 2018

PA Esports Coalition

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology joins PA Esports Coalition

Dr. Eric Darr, Harrisburg University's president, added to coalition’s Board of Directors

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Tuesday, July 17, 2018) – To further highlight the growth of esports across the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Esports Coalition (PA ESC) announced today the addition of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology to its expanding list of members. The University’s president, Dr. Eric Darr, has also been elected to serve on the coalition’s Board of Directors, providing another key perspective in the coalition’s mission to advocate for, and promote, esports in Pennsylvania.

Jun 21, 2018

Philadelphia Business Journal

Philadelphia Business Journal: This group wants Pa. to cash in on exploding esports market

The Philadelphia Business Journal sits down with members of the PA Esports Coalition to talk about the organization, its priorities and how Pennsylvania can be a leader in the industry.

The Pennsylvania Esports Coalition wants to bring the state’s gaming scene to the next level.

The nonprofit industry organization, which launched earlier this month, wants to attract all stakeholders in the esports industry — from casual gamers and video game shops to lawmakers and massive game developers — to its vision of growing the esports industry in Pennsylvania and beyond.

Jun 16, 2018

Variety Magazine

Variety: Esports Growth Brings Legal Issues, Specialized Law Practices

Entertainment and business news magazine Variety features Harrisburg-based McNees Wallace & Nurik law firm and their efforts to specialize in esports law. 

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC created a new Esports Practice Group in response to a growing need for law representation which understands the esports industry, according to a press release from the law firm.

The group will handle the myriad of legal issues that have grown along with professional competitive gaming, or esports, such as intellectual property protection, gambling, and labor standards. Through cross-practicing...

Jun 14, 2018

Play Pennsylvania

Play Pennsylvania: Is The Next Gambling Expansion For PA Into Esports?

Online news source Play Pennsylvania's in-depth interview with the PA Esports Coalition's Chairman Bill Thomas.

Bill Thomas has been on the inside before. He has helped bills become law while serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for more than a decade. He knows the landscape. Moreover, he sees which direction the PA gaming industry is trending.

Thomas grew up playing video games himself. He has watched his nephews and sons get into it recently. He recognizes the evolution of competitive gaming, how it can actually be a gateway to a college education.

Jun 11, 2018

PA Esports Coalition

PA Esports Coalition Adds Pro Esports Owner to Board of Directors

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Monday, June 11, 2018) – The newly formed Pennsylvania Esports Coalition (PA ESC) announces the addition of James “Jame^s” O’Connor to its inaugural Board of Directors. O’Connor is the President and owner of the Pittsburgh Knights, a global esports franchise located in the Steel City.

Jun 05, 2018


ABC 27: Group taking big steps to prepare for competitive esports

Harrisburg's ABC affiliate, WHTM ABC27, profiles the PA Esports Coalition.

Jun 04, 2018

Central Pa. Business Journal

CPBJ: Nonprofit launches to promote esports in Pennsylvania

The Central Pennsylvania Business Journal talks about the launch of the PA Esports Coalition, and highlights the coalition's Board of Directors.

Jun 04, 2018

PA Esports Coalition

PA Esports Coalition Launches and Names Initial Board of Directors

The newly formed, Pennsylvania Esports Coalition (PA ESC) launches its mission by naming its initial Board of Directors. PA ESC is a non-profit organization created to advance the development, growth and integrity of esports in the Commonwealth. Its Board includes individuals from various fields of the esports industry, including those who are at the forefront of establishing Pennsylvania as a leading esports market.  The group will focus on growing the esports industry across the state through advocacy, education and promotion.

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