Luxor transforming closed LAX nightclub into e-sports arena

Apr 12, 2017 9:12 AM

Soon after a report showing that a third of Las Vegas' nearly 43 million tourists last year were millennials, MGM Resorts has revealed plans for a multi-level esports arena at its Luxor casino/resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

The company says it will transform its LAX night club into an arena that will feature a competition stage, LED video wall, daily gaming stations, food and drink and a streaming and television-quality production studio. Construction will begin in early June with the goal of opening in early 2018.

Niklas Rytterstrom, general manager of Luxor, told The Associated Press that the decision to eliminate the nightclub was not because of its performance, but instead, it was motivated by the desire to offer customers "something really different."

This will be the second esports arena in Las Vegas. The first one, in downtown Las Vegas, began hosting esports gamers last month.

Millennials are generally defined as those between 18 to 35 years old and implies a familiarity with new technology and an interest in video gaming.