Gaming industry getting gamers to the pollsGaming event at MoMoCon. Photo courtesy of Georgia Game Developers Association.
In July 2020, at the height of the pandemic, gamers gathered for an epic online competition of the popular video game Fortnight.
Not only was the virtual event a chance to watch the best gamers in the country battle for a $10,000 prize, it was also a chance to urge gamers to become more civic-minded. In between play-by-play analysis, players and the audience heard get-out-the-vote messages.
“We had pre-recorded public service announcement content where people talked about the importance of registering to vote and participating in the process,” Alpharetta esport executive Todd Harris told Atlanta Civic Circle. “There [also] was an element on the screen that would take you to the secretary of state’s website for your state.”