by Leo Jakobson | April 09, 2018
A new arena dedicated to all things gaming has opened on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Esports Arena Las Vegas opened on March 28 in the Luxor Hotel and Casino, bringing a venue for the hugely popular and rapidly growing competitive sport.

Dedicated entirely to gaming, the 30,000-square-foot arena has incredible audiovisual capacities. This includes head-to-head virtual reality platforms, a network-broadcast capable TV production studio, and a 360-degree video wall for an immersive experience, as well as telescopic seats. Five VIP rooms, complete with their own gaming stations, are also suitable for small parties during events. Daily gaming passes will be available to individuals.

Noting that the production values in live esports matches are something the entire meetings and events industry "could learn from," Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, says that the biggest international competitions draw tens of millions of livestreaming viewers. As a result, he adds, the Esports Arena Las Vegas' technology capabilities are "huge."

The menu comes from celebrity chef Jose Andres.  "I'm a gamer myself, and my team and I have had a lot of fun creating this menu -- getting into the head of the gamer to determine what they will be craving when they play and compete," he says. "The menu is practical for the gaming environment, and delicious. Even if you aren't a gamer, you will enjoy what we have to offer."