MLG Building eSports Arena in Columbus
Major League Gaming is going to add a third major production facility to its portfolio of studios. With a studio and headquarters in New York City and the recently announced MLG Gaming Arena in China, MLG is going to add to its footprint by constructing a new flagship venue in Columbus, Ohio, called the MLG.tv Columbus Arena.
The MLG.tv Columbus Arena is a 14,000 sq. ft. facility that will play host to some of MLG’s premiere competitions beyond the travelling MLG Championship events. The Columbus area has been host to two of those events in the last couple of years including the 2012 Winter Championship and 2013 Fall Championship.
According to MLG, the Arena will have “bleacher seating for hundreds of spectators to watch in person, sound proof booths for players and teams, a broadcast platform for live commentating, video screens broadcasting the competition, and warm up areas for players.”
Unlike the Gaming Arena in China, the Columbus Arena will be ready before 2016. In fact, it will be ready next month. MLG plans to have the Columbus Arena open for business by the end of October for the MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Season 3 Playoffs from October 24th to 26th. If you’re looking at your calendar, that tournament wraps up nine days before the launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
This isn’t the first eSports facility built in America this year. ESL’s expansion into North America with the construction of their Los Angeles studio. At 7,000 sq. ft., it’s actually half the size of MLG’s Columbus studio. Given ESL’s popularity, it’s not always the size of the dog in the fight.
Source: Major League Gaming