Feb 26 2017 - 9:46 pm

New Las Vegas esports venue opening next week

The space will add to the growing Las Vegas esports event scene.
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After becoming a home for some of the biggest esports events in the United States, Las Vegas is getting its own dedicated esports venue.

Event management and production outfit Millenial Esports is opening a 15,000 square foot inside the Neonopolis entertainment complex.

The Millenial Esports arena will accommodate 200 spectators in the main competition area, which a large area available for on-site LAN events. It also has its own dedicated studio, and production crew.

The venue will open next Friday, with a Halo World Championship qualifier taking place in the venue that weekend. The arena will also play host to an EA Sports Madden event later in the month.

Millenial Esports is headed up by CEO Alex Igelman, a Canadian gaming lawyer, with Seth Schorr of casino-management company Fifth Street Gaming also involved in the project.

Las Vegas has become the home of Evo, the world's largest fighting game esports tournament, with crowds packing the Mandalay Bay arena every year. DreamHack recently held its first event there with a $450,000 Counter-Strike tournament, but the event drew disappointingly small crowds.

Vegas gambling establishments are also beginning to make inroads into esports, with a number of sportsbooks now offering wagers on major events.

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