From Courtside to Console: Bell Gaming Night Hits a Slam Dunk

Last night, on the chilly evening of November 14th, 2023, gaming enthusiasts and sports fans alike pulled up to Toronto's iconic Scotiabank Arena for a night that promised to blend the worlds of virtual and physical competition seamlessly. Hosted by the charismatic Mark "Strizzy" Strong, Bell Gaming Night returned with a bang, offering attendees a unique chance to play the latest esports games, shoot hoops on the hallowed basketball court, and rub shoulders with some of their favorite esports and basketball stars.

The event, hosted by Bell and partnered with Toronto Ultra and Raptors Uprising GC, not only showcased popular titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and NBA 2K24 but also provided a rare opportunity for fans to test their basketball skills on the same court where the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs create sporting history. The fusion of traditional sports and esports was a fun mix throughout the night, creating an atmosphere of excitement and camaraderie here in the Toronto core.

In addition to some tremendous Toronto-focused music played by the DJ (Yes - they did play a LOT of Drake, and no one was mad about it), one of the highlights of the evening was a surprise appearance by Jamaal Dane Magloire, Assistant Coach and Community Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors. His presence added an extra layer of star power to an already impressive esports lineup and demonstrated the growing synergy between the gaming and basketball communities.

For attendees, meeting and greeting the players from Toronto Ultra Roster and Gazullii and Haam from Raptors Uprising was a dream come true. The personal touch provided by the players elevated the entire experience, making it more than just a gaming event—it became a shared celebration of passion for sports and esports.

The organizers continued beyond gaming and player interactions; they went above and beyond to ensure a complete entertainment package. The night was filled with music, delicious food and drinks, mock-interviews, photo opportunities, exciting giveaways (like a Blacklyte Gaming chair), and the opportunity for special bracelet holders to explore the inner sanctums of the arena with exclusive locker room tours.

The success of Bell Gaming Night underscores the power of collaboration between significant organizations like MLSE and Bell in creating unforgettable experiences for the local Toronto community. The event was a testament to their commitment to fostering a sense of unity among fans, transcending the boundaries between traditional sports and the ever-expanding world of esports.

As an attendee, the chance to step onto the court where sporting legends have left their mark was a surreal experience. The seamless integration of gaming and real-world sports at Bell Gaming Night showcased the continuation of such events and left an indelible mark on the memories of everyone lucky enough to be present. This event brought us together to celebrate shared passions and unforgettable moments in a world where digital and physical realms often seem worlds apart, and I am glad to be in a world where we mix them up. Game on.

Special thank you Femme Gaming to extending their invite!

About Femme Gaming
Femme Gaming is a women-led esports and gaming organization providing a safe community for women and gender-diverse gamers. We focus on the amplification of elite women gaming talent. For more information on Femme Gaming you can visit:

About Toronto Ultra
The Toronto Ultra is a Canadian professional Call of Duty League esports team based in Toronto. Toronto Ultra is owned by OverActive Media. Toronto was announced as one of the first five cities to host a CDL team.

About Raptors Uprising
Raptors Uprising GC is an esports team located in Toronto, Canada. The team is sponsored under their NBA team the Toronto Raptors.

About Bell
Bell is powering gamers at all levels. From community to professional esports, our superfast Internet and performance help gamers stay connected and compete at the highest level. More info here.

About MLSE
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies, owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS), Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Toronto Marlies (AHL), Raptors 905 (NBA G League), TFC II (MLS Next Pro) and Raptors Uprising Gaming Club, the Toronto Raptors esports franchise in the NBA 2K League.