David Williams | 29 Mar 2018
The much-anticipated new arena for eSports was finally launched in an opening celebration on Thursday 22 March 2018. Located within the Luxor Resort and Casino in the space that was previously the LAX Nightclub, Esports Arena Las Vegas is the first dedicated eSports facility on the strip.
The Arena is not only an important development for Las Vegas eSports support, it is also important for Allied eSports International and will be the organisation’s flagship location. As such, it will host larger events than the other venues in Allied eSports’ portfolio. The company already owns venues around Asia, but eSports Arena Las Vegas is essential in their vision of establishing Nevada as a globally significant eSports hub.
Las Vegas was also chosen as the seat of Allied eSports International’s flagship venue because of its status as a destination city. Smaller events at the other venues will build to competitions in Las Vegas, making it, in the words of Chief Executive Officer Jud Hannigan, the “championship destination” for Allied Esports.
eSports Arena Las Vegas is a partnership between Allied and MGM Resorts International, and covers 30,000 square feet. Located on the casino floor next to Flight Bar, it should get plenty of traffic. The space is divided into the Main Hall, the Front Lobby and the Dome.
The Dome features a 360-degree video board and retro games, and the Front Lobby offers additional gambling stations, a Virtual Reality experience and a streaming booth. The main competition stage is housed in the Main Hall, and consists of gambling stations, VIP rooms, production facilities and 2 bars.
Other events will also be hosted in the arena, including an event final table on the World Poker Tour. Entrance is free, and it is open daily from 11am to 2am. All-day gaming passes can be bought for $25. Celebrated chef and self-confessed “avid gamer” José Andrés is in charge of the menu that will consist of gamer-friendly fare. The food will be delicious, but thought-out plating will make it especially simple to eat.
eSports Arena is the first of its kind on the Strip itself, but the Millennial eSports Arena has been open downtown since 2017. Other venues have also expressed interest in expanding their facilities to include eSports as this area becomes more important on the global stage. Las Vegas seems to understand that in order to stay relevant, the whole of Sin City is going to need to embrace eSports.