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The Esports Festival at the University of Harrisburg drives local businesses

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Columbia College in Missouri is the team that returns home with the $ 50,000 Harrisburg University Sports Festival award. But with all visitors to the Capital, local business owners say they are also winning.

"There are a lot of players here, and the tacos and the players go well together, so that's why we're here," said Abdul Moosa, owner of 717 Tacos.

At least 35 local businesses are benefiting from the multitude of people filling Market Street.

"It attracts a lot of people to the city center here," Moosa said. "It shows them what Harrisburg has to offer."

"We love coming to Harrisburg to bring the beignets," said Michele Murphy, who works at The Sweet Patch.

The Sweet Patch is based in York Springs, but travels across the country for festivals like this.

"Everyone has been wonderful," said Murphy. "We have many customers."

Thousands of people ate delicious foods, bought products and applauded their favorite teams at the largest university sports tournament in history.

"Sports are almost all competitive video games," said Clement Wittner, a sports player at the University of Harrisburg.

21 teams played in the two-day event.

"We are competing against teams from around the world," said Wittner.

The Overwatch and League of Legends finals were held at the Whitaker Center on Saturday.

"Literally hundreds of people are organizing an event like this," said Eric Darr, president of the University of Harrisburg.

Between games, players, coaches and analysts danced with live music.

"Having so many visitors and showing the city in such a big way … I could not be happier with that," said Darr.

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