MLG Announces US’s First eSports Arena In Columbus, Ohio
Ladies and gentlemen, a new plateau of geek awesomeness has been reached! The eSports industry has seen a surge of popular support in the past year or so thanks in part to the surge of users and viewers with Twitch. With next gen consoles bringing streaming to those who were either clueless or not able to game on their home PCs, the ‘game streaming’ business is booming and sponsors are eager to jump onboard the eSports train!
A leader in the field of eSports in the US is MLG or Major League Gaming who’s been hosting events in various venues all over the country (Dallas, D.C. Raleigh, Las Vegas, Columbus, Anaheim, and NYC). Now that they’ve proven that there is a market for eSports and a massive audience (both physical and digitally), they seem ready for the big time. They recently announced that an eSports dedicated arena will be built in Columbus, Ohio.
“Columbus has hosted some of our most successful events to date,” said Adam Apicella, EVP MLG Properties. “With 62 colleges in the Columbus region, hundreds of thousands of university and high school students in the 11-county area, and close proximity to our audience on the East Coast, Columbus is a great location for our MLG.tv Arena. We look forward to hosting the best players in the world and continuing to collaborate with the passionate community at OSU and their eSports initiative – ESI, as well as those throughout Ohio and beyond.”
It will be interesting to see the effect of physical spaces being dedicated to eSports in this country. With China building the first ever in the world (also by MLG) we’ll see if those ‘not a sport’ pessimists will concede their narrow view of how skill based and competitive video games can truly be.