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It may fly under the radar, but the eSports industry is booming in Georgia. From players to game development studios, more and more people are joining this evolving space. And when they want to take a break from the screens, Atlanta has plenty of options from trails to paths to patios and more. We chatted with three local gamers to find out how they like to explore the Big Peach when they want to get outside. Emma Loggins, CEO of and the founder of Excite Creative Studios, considers herself to be a retro gamer (proudly playing her Rally-X cocktail table and her original Xbox). James Cole works in cybersecurity by day, and in his free time volunteers as a consultant with NonToxic Gamers — he’s also a retired eSports player who competitively played Arena of Valor. Katie Landers is a marketing specialist for an Atlanta-based game studio and loves to play Overwatch in her free time. Here’s how they #OptOutside.

Inspired to make some environmental change after reading about these outdoor destinations? You can join REI on Black Friday to #OptOutside for a nationwide day of action and kick off a year of change. REI will be co-hosting cleanups with Leave No Trace and United by Blue all across the U.S. You can find your nearest cleanup at