Blizzard Announces New Los Angeles esports Arena
The issue with some esports competitions is they don’t have a home. Everyone knows where the Yankees play, but where do Fnatic or EnVyUs play? Well, Blizzard has found the answer to that. World-class esports have a new home in the entertainment capital of the world. Yes, today, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. This is to be a cutting-edge live-event destination for pro players, esports fans, and everyone else who loves premier competition.
The Arena will be situated in the legendary Burbank Studios. The Arena, actually, opens for business fairly soon, on October 7th, and top competitors from across Blizzard esports will be ready to shine on one of the most celebrated stages in television history. In a press release, Mike Morhaime, CEO, and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment said,
In a press release, Mike Morhaime, CEO, and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment said,
“We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment. “As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”
The Arena will be fit with multiple sound stages, control rooms, and practice facilities and Blizzard Arena Los Angeles is said to be built to support a full slate of competitive events all year-round. In addition, the Burbank, California arena will, of course, house a Blizzard retail store. However, the stock will rotate for event attendees based on the competitions taking place.
If you are ready to attend this then Blizzard already has an event for you. The Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will open its doors to the public on the weekend of October 7th–8th with the Overwatch Contenders Season One Playoffs taking center stage. This will be the culmination of summer match-ups of formidable European and North American competitors, the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs will crown the top Contenders teams in each region.
If Overwatch is not your thing, then beginning October 13th, the Hearthstone Championship Tour’s Summer Championship will bring the Hearthstone pros to the Arena for a full weekend of competition, with $250,000 on the line. “The global tournament will conclude the third act of the HCT and set the table for the Hearthstone World Championship, taking place in early 2018.”
However, that’s not all that will be there. The early battles of both the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) Finals and World of Warcraft Arena Championship will be held at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in late October. This is the fight to BlizzCon, which is Blizzard’s annual community celebration in Anaheim, California, and takes place on November 3rd–4th.
Tickets are available now for the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and the HCT Summer Championship. Are you excited for the new arena? Will you be going to check out your favorite Blizzard esports matches? Tweet at us and let us know.