Aspiring professional gamers in Richmond, B.C., will soon have a training facility to help take them to the next level.
Capitalizing on a growing base of people playing and watching competitive video games like Overwatch, Fortnite and Starcraft, the Gaming Stadium, a business catering to esports events, is taking over a former car dealership on No. 3 Road to build a showcase arena — the first of its kind in Canada.
The temporary facility, which is set to open in June, will feature seating for 110 spectators, concession stands, and a large stage and screen to watch players compete.
With 2 new events announced and numerous player-sponsorship deals in place, The Gaming Stadium’s Spiro Khouri drops by for a check in. Max and Spiro review The Pinnacle 2018, preview The Pinnacle 2019, and look forward to The Gaming Stadium’s Summer Circuit.
Canada’s first dedicated esports arena—where up to 110 spectators can watch Richmond’s top video game players showcase their skills—will open at Lipont Place art exhibition centre on No. 3 Road at the end of May.
The Gaming Stadium will include bleacher seating, a stage that spotlights 10 featured players, massive display screens, a live-streaming broadcast with a play-by-play announcer (known as a shoutcaster), and an additional 48 stations outfitted with top-of-the-line PCs and high-end gaming chairs for gamers to play what’s most popular in the gaming world: Fortnite, Apex Legends, League of Legends and Overwatch, to name a few.
This week, Max chats with Spiro Khouri, VP of Marketing for The Gaming Stadium, about building the arena and the company’s goals moving forward. Then he sits down with VP of Operations Matt Low aka Matticus, to talk about organizing and running esports events.