Luxor greets new era of players with Esports Arena
May 01, 2018 3:01 AM
by H. Scot Krause
Esports Arena Las Vegas, the first permanent eSports venue on The Strip, is now open at Luxor Hotel and Casino, elevating Las Vegas as a leader on the global stage and providing gaming fans with an experience unlike anywhere else.
The 30,000-square-foot, multilevel arena is designed to host every form of competitive gaming, from daily play to high-stakes eSports tournaments, and features a competition stage, 50-foot LED video wall, telescopic seating, PC and console gaming stations and a network TV-quality production studio.
Accompanying elements like virtual reality platforms, retro gaming consoles and a comprehensive menu by world-renowned chef José Andrés set the arena apart as an unrivaled eSports entertainment experience for both casual and professional gamers, or even non-gamers who want an insider’s look at what’s quickly becoming one of the world’s most popular spectator sports.
The multidimensional arena at Luxor provides guests with unique, immersive experiences throughout the space:
• A Menu For Gamers, By Gamers: Celebrated chef and humanitarian José Andrés used his love of video games to design the first-ever culinary program for eSports. The menu was designed to be practical for the gaming environment, and includes offerings like rice and poke bowls, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, Maki and ice cream mochi.
• Virtual Reality: Two Virtuix Omni boards put players head-to-head in an immersive gaming environment. The compact virtual reality platform’s treadmill pad allows competitors to live out the action by running and moving through each game while staying in one place, like having an entire explorable world in one square meter.
• Playing Through History: The History of Gaming exhibit sits beneath an impressive 360-degree video wall and a custom-built gaming controller chandelier. Eight generations of consoles give any visitor the chance to play history’s most beloved games for free, like Pong on the Atari or Super Mario on the NES.
• Production Studio: Esports Arena Las Vegas’ premier production facility uses 24 cameras and Harman Professional Solutions to deliver network broadcast-quality content to the arena’s 50-foot-long, two-story LED video wall and live streams across the world.
• Free Nostalgia: A collection of arcade favorites and throwback classics create a retro vibe in the arena’s first floor bar. Games like Pac-Man, Street Fighter, Golden Tee and Big Buck Hunter are complimentary to play.
• VIP Upgrade: Five VIP rooms – complete with their own gaming systems, dedicated server and catering – are available to rent for small parties as a special experience during evening events or as a private escape during the day. In addition, other areas of the arena including the front lobby, second floor, main hall – and the entire arena – are available for rent and accommodate any kind of celebration utilizing the flexible format of the space.
• Epic Tournaments: As Allied Esports’ global flagship arena, players around the world will compete for the chance to play in Las Vegas against the world’s top competitors across multiple titles. In addition to players, the most renowned commentators and analysts bring the tournaments to life for those inside the arena and for viewers tuning in.
• Daily Gaming: Locals and visitors from around the globe will find a home at Esports Arena thanks to more than 100 gaming stations housing PCs and consoles. All-day gaming passes are $25 and local discounts are available.
The arena is open from noon to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday. There is no fee to enter the arena during standard operating hours, excluding ticketed events. A schedule of upcoming tournaments and events can be found online at www.esportsarenavegas.com.
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