Luxor Esports Arena Opening in March

Casinos have been making more forays into Esports in recent times. And the Luxor is set to become the first Las Vegas casino with a full-time Esports arena. The Vegas Strip property will transform their former Luxor LAX nightclub into a gaming venue. And it will officially launch on March 22, 2018. Luxor’s Esports Arena […]

Casinos have been making more forays into Esports in recent times. And the Luxor is set to become the first Las Vegas casino with a full-time Esports arena.

The Vegas Strip property will transform their former Luxor LAX nightclub into a gaming venue. And it will officially launch on March 22, 2018.

Luxor’s Esports Arena Las Vegas is featuring a series of tournaments to celebrate the kick-off. And these invitation-only events will be live-streamed from the arena.

More on the Esports Arena Las Vegas

This project is the result of a partnership between Allied Esports, MGM Resorts International (Luxor’s owner), and a production company.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the arena will stand 30,000 square feet, offer telescopic seating, feature a 50-foot light-emitting diode video wall, house a production studio, and offer food and beverage from celebrity chef Jose Andres.

“There are many people talking about how Las Vegas is well positioned to be the center for esports,” said Allied Esports CEO Jud Hannigan.

MGM is Hush on the Operational Details

Steven Zanella, president of core Las Vegas properties at MGM Resorts International, spoke with the LVRJ about the Esports Arena.

And he didn’t offer many details on how the operation will run, or the profit-making potential. Instead, he simply stated that the goal of the arena is to build rapport with video gamers.

Tyler Enders, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Esports Arena, offered more insight into the project. Enders said that the establishment will likely sell passes into the arena for $20. People will pay additional fees for accessing or participating in the events.

In the end, he hopes that Esports will bring more people into the Luxor.

“My goal is not necessarily to show big numbers to MGM, my goal is to show people coming into this property,” said Enders.

Two Years of Work Pay Off

The Esports Arena Las Vegas is the result of two years spent by locals working to make Sin City a video gaming hub.

Their first big break was getting Nevada regulators to approve skill-based gaming in 2016. They built on this momentum by recruiting businesses, sponsors, and academics to form the Nevada Esports Alliance.

Now, their goal has taken another step with MGM creating a permanent Esports arena in the Luxor.

 

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