It occupies 15,000-square-feet and seats 200 people, but the new gaming area that opens Friday (March 3rd) doesn’t cater to the Las Vegas staples like Blackjack and Texas Hold’em. Instead, it hopes to appeal to the next generation of gamers and is dedicated solely to eSports – a first for Las Vegas.
The video game industry rakes in over $10.5 billion a year and Canadian businessman Alex Igelman is looking to cash in with his arena located in the Neonopolis center next to the Fremont Street Experience downtown. By 2018, SuperData expects eSports will become a $1.9 billion industry on its own.
“As soon as I got into this industry, I knew I wanted to be in Las Vegas and specifically in downtown,” Igelman told the Las Vegas Sun. “Within this facility . . . you’ve got pretty much everything you need. Food establishments, beverage establishments, an arcade. They (guests) can even get married.”
Igelman wants video-game lovers to come to Millennial Esports when they visit the city, but is looking more toward making the space the go-to venue for video gaming tournaments.
The Halo World Championship qualifier will be the arena’s debut event. The three-day tournament will come with a $50,000 prize pool and winners will move onto the World Championships in Los Angeles in April. March 25th and 26th will see an EA Sports-sanctioned Madden 17 NFL tournament played in the arena.
“We’re building a complete content calendar, and we’re in talks with various publishers that have heard about us and what we’re doing that are looking to utilize our technologies,” Igelman told ths Sun. “We should have multiple events throughout the year, including ones that we put on ourselves, and invitationals.”
The main room at the Neonopolis center can hold up to 500 people for those who can’t fit within the arena’s 200 stadium-style seats. There is also a green room, VIP room and broadcast studio. The area is equipped with more than three miles of CAT cable that provides players and viewers with internet as fast as one gigabit per second.
This internet is also available for use in one of the center’s alcoves, where the public can stream videos or play games on their favorite consoles.
Photo credit: Las Vegas Sun
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