It had to arrive: The “world’s first” eSports arena.
It’s in Santa Ana, CA, and it’s called — creatively — eSports Arena. It also looks excellent, outfitted specifically for eSports competitions, as opposed to being retrofitted like so many other locations.
The site boasts: “eSports Arena’s unique modular facility allows for small to large scale highly produced eSports and entertainment events. eSports Arena will also host daily video game competition, produce unique digital content, and rent space/equipment to the eSports/interactive entertainment industry at a fraction of the cost of traditional venues.”
“eSports Arena will be capable of building and sustaining audiences over an extended period of time allowing the eSports world to have consistent national events and competitions on any title – any time.”
How will the arena make money? Richard Procter writes in Forbes: “The business plan for eSports Arena is threefold. First, it will charge a $13 per month member fee. Membership allows access to the venue, early sign up for larger events, access to members-only leagues, and grants discounts on some leagues and tournaments. Second, eSports Arena plans to produce its own content and events. Lastly, the arena can be rented out, along with equipment and production personnel, by publishers or developers looking to hold a smaller-scale esports event.”
KABC-TV runs a video piece that takes viewers inside the arena. Click here to view.