LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A new 30,000-square foot Esports arena is opening at Luxor Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Executives say Esports Arena Las Vegas becomes the first dedicated esports venue on the Strip.
It has three connected spaces. The front lobby is equipped with virtual reality and gaming spaces, the dome will take you on a blast from the gaming past with consoles like Sega, Super Nintendo, and Atari, as well as the main hall, where the competition will level up and pros will do what they do best on the main stage.
The space holds 1,500 people. It's equipped for gamers but has a nightclub feel featuring bars, VIP rooms, and floor level gaming.
Some of the features include a multi-level arena broadcast center and production studio, as well as a 50-foot video wall, luxury VIP lounges and 200-plus gaming stations.
Thursday night is the grand opening celebration, which will be streamed on Twitch and feature food and drink from chef Jose Andres.
"The industry itself is projected to reach 1 billion dollars in revenues over the next couple of years and in Las Vegas, what we are building is out championship destination," said Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports "It's a global phenomenon, there are almost 400 million people tuning in a watching esports on the regular.”
Esports Arena will become the home of many high-stakes tournaments, but it's not just for the pros -- play is open to everyone with daily gaming stations.
The first tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, with gamers competing in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with $25,000 in prize money on the line.