Blizzard unveils Los Angeles arena to host Overwatch League Season 1

Postado Setembro 08, 2017

The Blizzard Arena Los Angeles marks a huge step forward for Blizzard, not just for the Overwatch League, but for all Blizzard esports.

The facilities sport multiple sound stages, control rooms and practice facilities, Blizzard says, and is meant to support a year-round slate of events.

The brand new arena will host a handful of Blizzard's esports competitions, including the upcoming first season of Overwatch League and the Hearthstone Championship Tour's Summer Championship. The arena is created to host various major esporting events, including more than one at a time when applicable. The other two studios will be used only for production purposes, such as broadcasting a commentary team or players competing remotely. The arena itself will take up 50,000 square-feet of The Tonight Show's former space in Burbank Studios, and will be able to accommodate roughly 450 spectators depending on the event. All of these events will have the capability of being streamed live as the event happens.

The Burbank Studios will serve as a centralized location and not as the company's only event space for e-sports, as it will continue to host competitions both nationally and overseas.

Blizzard Entertainment's esports will get their own home soon: Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, located in Burbank, California.

The venue will officially open its door starting on October 7, when the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs begin over the course of that weekend. "The on-site Blizzard store will open during events and feature a rotating selection of gear and goods based on the event taking place at the time". In August, Blizzard held an "Overwatch" competition at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, and it will host a championship game at its annual fan convention in Anaheim.

"We're at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment", said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime in a press release (via Dot Esports).