Events D.C. announced Thursday that one of the first events to be held at the new sports and entertainment arena in Congress Heights will be a national competitive video gaming tournament in November.

The Red Bull Conquest National Finals will be held at the venue Nov. 16-18, with expectations the esports tournament will draw thousands of players and attendees to the Ward 8 venue. The tournament kicks off this spring in Chicago and will travel across 15 cities to determine which region has the best players in “Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition,” “Tekken 7,” and “Guilty Gear Xrd REV2.”

The tournament is significant because it is part of a larger strategy by Events D.C., the city’s convention and sports authority, to attract additional esports tourneys. The authority sponsored Captain’s Draft 4.0, a tournament for the Dota multiplayer online battle arena video game, at the D.C. Armory in January. It drew more than 2,300 live attendees and nearly 1 million unique streams from around the world. Tickets for the event cost $20. It was the first-ever esports tournament to take place at a venue managed by Events D.C.

(WBJ)