Visiting the Esports Arena in Las Vegas
Sal Thomas / Jul 11th, 2018 No Comments
Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glam, and the Esports Arena inside the Luxor Hotel is no different. Open since March, the Esports Arena in Las Vegas perfectly falls in line with Sin City, from the arena itself to the celebrities who have already played inside of it — streamer Ninja hosted a Fortnite tournament there and some of the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team showed up to indulge in a little NHL 18.
Everything turned up all sevens and aces for the Las Vegas Esports Arena, but in Vegas, they always say luck is temporary. Big tournaments and over-the-top spectacles you’d only expect to see in Las Vegas filled the Esports Arena’s calendar for the first few months of its existence, but things seem to be slowing down now. In a city that is always evolving and changing, nothing has changed about the arena’s layout, and the upcoming events seem sparse and lackluster.
In July, the Las Vegas Esports Arena’s calendar indicates it will host two PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tournaments, one community Smash Bros. night and a Sunday sports event that essentially will turn the Esports Arena into a bar where you can watch the World Cup final. None of this inspires me to go down to the strip and pay for parking just to participate.
Seeing the Potential
As for the arena itself, the bottom floor is very flat in taste with computers setup for online gaming and local multiplayer. The overly typical red and blue neon lighting everywhere is underwhelming when compared to many of the nightclubs and bars you find throughout Las Vegas. The bar is hidden away and sits about eight to ten people, but there is a cool space around the bar that has consoles set up for those gamers who want to drink and play.
The stage is the centerpiece of the arena, and the 50-foot LED screen behind it — usually playing a streamer live on Twitch — is something to behold. This portion of the Esports Arena is a true masterpiece, but I haven’t seen it get much use when I have been there.
Esports Arena says that they have a 30,000 square feet multi-level gaming space, which could be awesome to showcase live events and host gaming tournaments. However, the upper portion has always been blocked off from access the times I have attended.
Establishing an Identity
In order for the Esports Arena to succeed, it needs to establish its identity. Is it a place for locals to play games or a tourist destination? It’s great that the Esports Arena provides a cool gaming space inside of a hotel on the Las Vegas strip, but there are more cost effective places not so far away where people can get a drink and play some video games. If you want to create an attraction that’s here to stay in Las Vegas, you have to step your game up.
The Esports Arena seems built to host major tournaments, but I don’t see any on its calendar of events — not even a weekly league for locals. The setup is impressive, but it needs life; it needs excitement; it needs music or something that will keep it from feeling like a dead PC lounge from a bygone age. Finding its identity will important to establishing an esports community in Las Vegas.
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