On Wednesday 29th December, in the Hotel NH Collection Constanza, Barcelona, Tyler Endres, Chief Operations Officer, Esports Arena, USA discussed esports, e-sporting events and the development of the new eSports Arena.

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Tyler presented at the Stadium Business Design and Development Summit in Barcelona. The Stadium Business Design & Development Summit is the world’s leading gathering of professionals involved in the design, construction, refurbishment and management of major sports venues.

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So what is eSports and how big is it?

eSports (also known as electronic sports,  e-sports, competitive (video) gaming, professional (video) gaming, or pro gaming) is a form of competition that is. Most commonly, eSports take the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between (but not limited to) professional players.

At an eSports competition, gamers battle against each other on a particular game. The set up is outstanding and fans can watch the games being played on huge screens.

$100bn In annual revenues is forecast to flow into the global games industry this year. $693m of that total comes from esports, a figure set to double to $1.5bn by 2020 11.1bn Esports videos were streamed last year in China, 2.7bn in North America

Nowadays, video game players have become so skilled, they sometimes gain thousands of fans and viewers. Computer gaming has become organised, competitive and professional.  This has lead to the birth of the term “eSports”.

Video games used to solely take place inside living rooms between friends and family. Today, huge eSports tournaments now attract millions of viewers watching from live stream videos and attracting large crowds and eSport gamers to their big arenas.

Players range from a variety of different gaming industries examples include FIFALeague of LegendsCounter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch and many more.  These are all part of the exploding esports market.  Even major traditional sports teams from around the world are moving into esports.

Tyler Endres, COO, Esports Arena. said: ”The stage is pretty much everything when you’re dealing with eSports. We are providing festival-like events for video gamers! Video games are so enticing for young generations. We’re changing the game for eSports”

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The new eSports arena will be located in the Las Vegas Luxor Hotel and Casino its due to be the Strip’s First Cutting-Edge Global Esports Destination and is scheduled to open in early 2018.

 

Esports Insider says: This is major news for Las Vegas’ aim of becoming the top global destination for esports. The Luxor is an iconic venue on the city’s Strip, and with an ambitious company in the form of Esports Arena fronting the project, there is just cause to be excited.

The arena will provide a ready-to-go championship destination for tournaments, leagues and high stakes match-ups in a setting designed to deliver an unparalleled fan experience.

It will become the first permanent esports venue on The Strip and will be the centre of Allied Esports’ growing global network of esports properties. The esports venues span across North America, Europe and China.

Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports International stated: “We have very ambitious expansion plans over the next two years, and when we realised that a location at Luxor was possible, we jumped at the opportunity to develop our flagship here.  Allied Esports, Esports Arena, and MGM Resorts International plan to build a dedicated esports venue together.

“Just as Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium are considered their sports’ most aspirational venues by players and fans alike Esports Arena Las Vegas will be the iconic destination in esports and complement the city’s incredible appeal, attracting video gaming competitors and fans from around the world.”

So much is happening in the industry it is at a very exciting stage. It is a really exciting time for this industry with college in the US even giving away scholarships to skilled eSport gamers and the BCC three covering eSport tournaments.

 Do you think you would go to a tournament?  What game would you play? Share in the comments below!

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