Two new esports competitions have chosen Las Vegas as their 2018 location. Capcom’s Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition selected the Esports Arena located inside the Luxor Hotel & Casino for December. Then, the Orleans Arena will host the Rocket League World Championship.
More esports moving to Las Vegas
The Capcom Cup features a $250,000 base prize pool that grows through sales of the Capcom Pro Tour compendium. This year’s move to Vegas follows the company’s initiative to strengthen its position in the esports industry. Calling 2018 “Esports Year One,” the Japanese developer has announced a shift in its focus and is sending its tourney to Vegas Dec. 14-16.
The hosting Esports Arena is a 30,000 square foot multi-level space. The venue also recently welcomed HyperX, a leading gaming gear provider, to its partnership list.
With Capcom’s recent decision to expand its broadcasting partnership to include Facebook and YouTube, its desire to expand is clearly evident. Contrary to other popular titles that opt into exclusive broadcasting arrangements, Capcom has decided to offer viewership through multiple platforms.
$1 million Rocket League event in Vegas, too
Game developer Psyonix has also decided to bring Rocket League to Las Vegas. The 2018 World Championship will take place at the Orleans Arena, a 9,500-seat multi-purpose venue located in the Las Vegas Valley. This championships for the vehicular soccer game is returning to the United States from London, where it was held last year. It comes to Vegas Nov. 9-11.
The top 10 teams will battle for their share of the $1 million prize pool, the largest in the game’s history. Four will arrive from the NA region, four from Europe, and two teams will come from the Oceania region.
Las Vegas the US esports hub
Las Vegas has been showing initiative to embrace esports on multiple occasions of late. The city gained experience hosting major esports tournaments like the DreamHack Masters last year, with many smaller events happening consistently throughout the year.
There’s also no lack of esports venues and hubs, with Luxor’s Esports Arena and the Millennial Esports Arena in the Neonopolis among the most popular sites. Moreover, the city offers other esports-viable locations like the Game Nest and The Dojo Training Ground.
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