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March 21, 2018

Vegas Opens First Esports Venue

Las Vegas has become the latest destination to make an investment in esports events with the March 22 opening of Esports Arena Las Vegas, the first dedicated esports venue on the Strip

The new venue at the Luxor Hotel and Casino aims to showcase its versatility at hosting live experiences and streaming for its opening weekend across professional esports, tournaments, daily gaming, production and interactive entertainment. 

The live show match lineup on opening night will include popular fighting game figures SonicFox vs. GO1, Rogue vs. Ghost Gaming in Rocket League and eUnited vs. Spacestation in SMITE, as well as more than 20 top esports talent and influencers in the building. Additionally, Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins, currently the top streamer on Twitch, will make a special live announcement during the event stream.

Chef and gaming enthusiast José Andrés will also talk about the unique gaming-inspired menu that he and the ThinkFoodEntertainment team created for Esports Arena Las Vegas. ThinkFoodEntertainment, a division of Chef José Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup, will be delivering exclusive food and beverage offerings at the Las Vegas Strip's first dedicated Esports Arena.

Fans can tune in to twitch.tv/esportsarena starting at 4 p.m. PDT on Thursday for live coverage of opening night and events all weekend long, and follow @ESALasVegas for additional exclusive content.

Thursday's event and stream will be hosted by Dan "Frodan" Chou alongside studio analyst Jack "CouRage" Dunlop, reporters Kelly Link and Ovilee May, and stage host Zach "Coney" Zeeks.

At a total of 30,000 square feet, Esports Arena Las Vegas consists of three connected spaces: the Main Hall, featuring the main competition stage, gaming stations, a two-story video wall, upper- and lower-level VIP rooms, two bars, and production facilities; The Dome, which houses an interactive history of gaming display, a 360-degree videoboard, and a one-of-a-kind gaming inspired chandelier; and the Front Lobby, featuring additional gaming stations, a streaming booth and a virtual reality experience.

Esports Arena Las Vegas will begin standard operating hours on Monday, March 26 at noon. Additional information will be shared in the coming days and available at EsportsArenaVegas.com. All times listed in PDT.

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