On 26 March, the Esports Arena Las Vegas opened doors at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, becoming the first project targeting video games and eSports on The Strip. Owned by Allied Esports, the venue is part of a global project, which will see ten similar gaming facilities open across the globe.
The project introduces an unrivalled gaming experience, courtesy of a 50-foot LED video wall, telescopic seating and a multitude of gaming stations featuring PCs and consoles.
The arena will entertain visitors with the latest advancements in virtual reality while also offering retro gaming consoles and introducing foodie treats that have been specifically prepared for eSports enthusiasts by celebrity Spanish-American chef José Andrés, an avid gamer himself.
Part of the venue’s appeal is that it intrigues even non-gamers to come and have a look. According to Allied Esports CEO Jud Hannigan, the Esports Arena is intended as a ‘daily hub for all gaming communities.’
Two Virtuix Omni boards, motion platforms tailored to make any VR experience more realistic, will appeal to fans. Gamers with more years under their belts may enjoy a selection of old-school titles, including Pac-Man, Street Fighter, Golden Tee, and Big Buck Hunter, munching on Andrés’ menu.
No entry fees are required, except for tournaments and special events. Meanwhile, eSports professional Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is organising a tournament at the arena in April. The venue will be open seven days a week.
Allied Esports is a collaboration between Chinese companies Ourgame International, KongZhong and iRena who have decided to pool their resources to build the international network of gaming facilities.