Esports come to the Las Vegas Strip
March 22, 2018 marks the official opening of the Esports Arena Las Vegas and a big day for esports. Located at the Luxor Hotel on the Las Vegas strip, this 30,000 square foot arena boasts a competition stage, telescopic seating, broadcast center and production studio and a 50 foot video wall. The sight may prove to be the ideal location for major gaming events in the Las Vegas area.
To celebrate the grand opening, Esports Arena Las Vegas is hosting multiple game competitions and broadcasts to demonstrate the capabilities of the arena. Games such as Super Smash Bros., Rocket League and Dragonball FighterZ will be showcased. There will also be a special broadcast by Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins. Ninja recently made rounds in gaming news thanks to a Fortnite broadcast on Twitch this month featuring special guest appearance by musician Drake.
Along with these events, the Smite Pro League will take to the stage as well. Reigning champions eUnited will take on newly formed Spacestation Gaming – a team comprised of the previous season Luminosity Gaming roster. This match up will not be part of the Smite Pro League 2017 Spring season. The two teams will have their first official match following the event on March 23rd.
This will certainly be worth watching to see how both teams are adapting to changes in Smite’s latest season. The event will hopefully serve to widen the audience. More importantly, it may help bring more attention to the Smite community. Hi-Rez continues to improve on the gameplay of their flagship title and provide thrilling competitive experiences on the battleground of the gods.
This is not the first arena of this nature. Esports Arena alone has opened two similar locations previously in Oakland and Orange County. The medium continues to garner popularity thanks to streaming services like Twitch and Mixer. Along with new organizations like the Overwatch League, it is unlikely to be the last either. Arlington, Texas recently made an announcement that the city will open a 100,000 square foot esports stadium later this year.
Fans can check out the Esports Arena Las Vegas event at twitch.tv/esportsarena where they will stream matches and broadcasts from March 22nd to the 25th. eUnited and Spacestation Gaming will play Thursday evening.
Top image courtesy of esportsarena.com/lasvegas/