The rise of eSports and the world’s first eSports studium is underway! Major League Gaming has released information about their plans to build the world’s first eSports stadium on Zhuhia region, more specifically Hengqin Island, China.
Hengqin Island is part of a $18 billion “Creative Culture City” development project by Lai Fung Holdings Limited and eSun Holdings Limited. The project’s specifics have not been disclosed but we do know it will include gaming themed shops, restaurants and the world’s first eSports Stadium.
Many have speculated why MLG chose China to build this project. China, recently lifted their 14-year ban on video game consoles. With this news earlier this year, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have made plans to sell their latest Next-Gen consoles to a country who’s seen an increase in PC video gamers.
MLG had this to say:
“This is a massive development in one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Additionally, the China gaming market is enormous and the fastest growing on earth. The anticipated launch of the MLG Arena in 2017 will give MLG a very strong foothold in that market, but also a marquis travel destination to showcase eSports at the highest level. Our goal is to work with Lai Sun to build the V-Zone and MLG Arena into the world’s flagship gaming destination. We are currently in discussions with a wide array of leagues, event organizers, publishers and developers about being involved in the V-Zone and MLG Arena.”
This doesn’t mean MLG has completely forgotten the US, who also in recent years has seen an increase in eSports thanks to MLG, Microsoft and many others. MLG currently rents venues out for their events.
“In the US we have been working on partnerships with existing stadiums and arenas and we will be announcing those later this year.”
The MLG Stadium will have 15,00 seats and is scheduled to open in 2017. MLG has also stated they will broadcast their events through MLG.tv.
Will the hype of eSports still be around in 2017, and most importantly, will MLG build a Stadium in the United States?