When most people think of Vegas, they probably think of the casinos, shows, weddings, and drunken bachelorette parties. In 2018, geeks might instantly think of e-sports. The Luxor Hotel will feature the first e-sports venue on the Strip!
Allied Esports and Esports Arena are partnering with MGM to convert a nightclub in the Luxor into a state-of-the-art e-sports arena. It will feature a competition stage, LED video wall, gaming stations, and of course food and beverages. Esports Arena Las Vegas is collaborating with firm YWS Design and Architecture to make it happen.
“We have very ambitious expansion plans over the next two years, and when we realized that a location at Luxor was possible, we jumped at the opportunity to develop our flagship here,” said Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports International. “Just as Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium are considered their sports’ most aspirational venues by players and fans alike, Esports Arena Las Vegas will be the iconic destination in esports and complement the city’s incredible appeal, attracting video gaming competitors and fans from around the world.”
In addition to this attention-grabbing announcement in Las Vegas, the same partners are working to bring more e-sports venues to America. Another arena in Oakland, California, is in development, in addition to their spots in Santa Ana, California, and Beijing. They also operate a tour in Europe, traveling between different cons.
This is exciting for gamers everywhere, as e-sports become even more mainstream. Before you know it, even casuals will be watching the best LoL and Dota 2 professionals compete on TV. An e-sports arena might even come to your hometown in the near future. For now, Vegas might be the perfect place for cybersport gambling!
What do you geeks think? Will e-sports ever be as big as traditional sports in the US? Or, will they only continue to flourish in Asia? Let us know in the comments!