With our outstanding convention centers and arenas throughout the state, Esports hubs in vibrant cities like Raleigh and Charlotte, and our engaged, active gaming community, North Carolina has the facilities and the fans to make your next Esports event a success.

‘LEVEL UP’ WITH A 25% REBATE

North Carolina’s Esports incentive, a 25% rebate on qualifying Esports expenses and purchases while in-state, demonstrates our long-term commitment to the Esports community and industry.

The rebate is funded through the NC Esports Industry Grant, which currently has a designated amount of $5 million available per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Contact Us To Apply
For application and more details, please contact Amanda Baker at 919.447.7765 or via email, amanda.baker@visitnc.com.

PROGRAM SUMMARY

Learn more about the rebate program.

Incentive Type Up to 25% rebate on direct spending within the state via funds from the NC Esports Industry Grant
Per Project Cap n/a (note that the program can only officially offer up to $5M per fiscal year)
Minimum Spend $150,000 per event
Annual Offering Cap $5 million per fiscal year
NOTE: NC fiscal year runs July 1 – June 30
Qualified Labor First $1 million of each resident and nonresident qualify
Loan Out Withholding Yes; 4% for out-of-state
Audit Independent, NC-licensed certified public accountant to perform audit at cost to the production
Screen Credit Required Yes, including a logo to be supplied by EDPNC
Additional Opportunities Production must also make marketing opportunities available to the state
Qualifying Expenses Goods / Services / Rentals / Compensation and Wages / Fringes / Per Diems / Living Expenses and Stipends
Ask for the Application For application and more details, please contact Amanda Baker at 919.447.7765 or via email, amanda.baker@visitnc.com.
Sunset Date None
Legislation S 105 (SL 2021-180) – establishing legislation
H 334 (SL 2021-198) – technical correction to establishing legislation
Download a combined version of establishing legislation & modifications (as of December 1, 2021)
Projects are ineligible if containing material that is “obscene,” as defined in G.S. 14-190.1, or is “harmful to minors,” as defined in G.S. 14-190.13.

Download the NC Esports Industry Grant guidelines.