Esports Stadium Arlington President Turns Love of Gaming into Dream Job
By Office of Communication
Posted on December 09, 2019, December 09, 2019


Like millions of people around the world, Jonathon Oudthone is a competitive gamer. His passion for the sport took off in 2009 when he found his place in the fighting game community. From there, Oudthone slowly moved into the event organizing side of the business.

As the City of Arlington continued to grow its world-class Entertainment District, leaders saw momentum in Esports and decided to open a gaming arena. Oudthone was hired as President.

"From a guy that started out hosting meetups in a garage then moving up to hotel ballrooms, to actually be able to build a facility that promotes that foundation for growth in the competitive gaming ecosystem, that was a huge deal for me," Oudthone said. 

Esports Stadium Arlington opened in 2018 and is the largest venue of its kind in the country. Arlington is now a gaming epicenter and was chosen to host the 2019 Esports Awards. This was the first year the awards have ever been held in the United States. 

"There's nothing like it, and now they've created the central hub for Esports here in Arlington," Oudthone said. "I really feel like I'm living my perfect dream here. Not only the opportunity but the responsibility to be an industry leader in Esports and to work with a city that is pushing that front with me."

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