By now you’ve already heard that Blizzard unveiled their esports arena, Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, if not here are three things you need to know.
Blizzard Arena: Situated in Burbank Studios
First, the future home of Blizzard esports is situated in the Burbank Studios, former home of “The Tonight Show.” The venue will feature multiple sound stages, control rooms, practice rooms as well as an on site Blizzard retail store so that fans can get their hands on some Blizzard Swag. The merchandise in the store will vary depending on the event.
Speaking of events.
Blizzard Arena: Overwatch Contenders Playoffs
The Arena will host esport events for, what else? Blizzard Games.
Esport events for Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft are on deck for this year. The first event to christen the arena is the Overwatch Contenders Season One playoffs that starts October 7th.
Following the Contenders Playoffs will be the Hearthstone Summer Championship on October 13th. Later in October the arena will host the early rounds for the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) Finals and World of Warcraft Arena Championship.
Then, later this year, the Blizzard Arena will host the first season of the Overwatch League. Teams have until October 30th to sign players, so we don’t expect to hear anything about matches until past that date. For the immediate future Blizzard Arena will be the only home of Blizzard esports, but that will change.
Blizzard Arena: A new era
It’s clear that Blizzard intends this Burbank arena to be the first of many venues. We base this off the city-based structure of their Overwatch League. “We’re at a tipping point for epsorts,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, “And we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment.”
Only time will tell if the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will prove to be the herald of arena based esports, as they hope it to be.
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