Misfits Gaming Group CEO Ben Spoont grew up and currently lives in South Florida and plans to open its headquarters in Boca Raton in late July.
For two over months, the schedule for sporting events has remained mostly blank. But while COVID-19 has put a halt to athletes on the fields and courts, esports has sprung to the forefront of the entertainment industry.
Esports, a label that refers to digital video-game competitions, includes popular global games such as Call of Duty, Fortnite, League of Legends, Overwatch, and many others.
And organizations such as Misfits Gaming Group, which includes The Florida Mayhem, an Overwatch team, and the Florida Mutineers, a Call of Duty team, are helping to lead that charge.
Though esports are decidedly lacking in the physical prowess found in traditional sporting events, they make up for it with intense competition, highly-coordinated communication, and superb reaction times by the best gamers in a variety of communities.
So it’s no wonder that in a time of social distancing and widespread self-isolation, esports has seen a seismic upward shift in everyday households across the globe.
“What we’re seeing is that folks are continuing to connect through digital and gaming content,” said Misfits Gaming Group CEO Ben Spoont, who grew up and currently lives in South Florida. “The reality is that most of us all are still socially isolating and people need ways to replace other common methods of connection. And digital and gaming content has really offered very effective ways to accomplish that goal.”