Canadian company Myesports Ventures announced this week it’s bringing an esports stadium to Vancouver. The Gaming Stadium will be a first-of-its-kind venue in Canada and is set to open in 2019.
A place for players of all ages and skill levels
The facility in Richmond, British Columbia, will serve as a community-driven place open for players of all ages and skill levels. Esports fans will have a go-to place to watch and participate in various events all year-round.
“Today is an exciting day for me and the entire team at The Gaming Stadium,” said MyEsports Ventures CEO Dan Cybak in the announcement. “Our team is made up of people who have been organizing and participating in tournaments in this city for years. We have built a group that covers all aspects of esports. This facility is truly built by gamers for gamers.”
The stadium will feature a main stage area where up to 250 spectators can enjoy various contests. Additionally, a 40-rigs gaming area, a casual area for players, and a full broadcast facility will make the venue fit for many kinds of tournaments.
“We are focused on more than top-level players or hosting major events,” said MyEsports COO Matthew Low. “We are aiming to cultivate the next great gamers as we will be holding leagues for all skill levels while also offering coaching for those who want to take their skills to the next level. We are going to be the Little League, Junior League and Major League home of all things esports in Vancouver.”
Having a dedicated esports facility should help further develop competitive gaming in the area. With this year’s The International Dota 2 Championship moving to Vancouver, the city is becoming a prime location for all things esports.
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Esports facilities on the rise
The facility in Vancouver follows an increasing number of dedicated esports venues popping up in North America.
In May 2016, EnVyUs made efforts to bring an all-inclusive esports facility to Charlotte, North Carolina. This arena is also slated to include a training facility, studio, and LAN center.
The University of Texas also decided to join the esports bandwagon by announcing its own $200k esports facility. Last August, the massive American college announced The Nest, featuring 15 custom, virtual reality-capable rigs equipped with the most popular games.
Last but not least, the Sacramento Kings announced plans at the end of 2017 to build a dedicated esports facility inside their Golden 1 Center. The facility was part of the NBA team’s preparation for the NBA 2K League.
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