Blizzard’s L.A. esports arena could become the home of professional gaming

blizzard esports arena los angeles blizzardesports02
Blizzard announced the creation of a brand new esports arena in Los Angeles that is designed to host and broadcast high-level pro gaming events. Located within the Burbank Studios (which used to stage The Tonight Show), the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles is designed to support events year-round, with front-facing play areas with spectator seating, as well as back-end support rooms and practice areas.

Although professional gaming has come on leaps and bounds in the past 20 years, more often than not, the biggest events are held in stadiums and arenas designed with more general-purpose entertainment in mind. While the new Blizzard Arena isn’t going to rival some of them in terms of spectator seating, it may end up pioneering the kind of setting and experience for professional gaming in the future.

“We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment,” Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said in a statement. “As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”

Set to officially open on October 7, the arena will host the Overwatch Contenders Season One playoffs, hosting some of the best European and North American teams in the world. That will be followed shortly after by the Hearthstone Championship Tour’s Supper Championship on October 13, with Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft events slated for later on that month.

With quite a collection of popular multiplayer games in its roster, Blizzard is one of the best-positioned companies to build up a general purpose esports location. Although it may lack the player numbers of Riot with League of Legends or the prize pools of the DotA 2 World Championships, Blizzard is looking to define what a professional gaming arena looks and operates like.

The arena itself features multiple sound stages, several control rooms and practice facilities for competing teams and individuals. It will also host a Blizzard retail store with rotating stock so that whichever teams are playing, will have their merchandise and game-relevant items available for purchase.

If you want to be one of the first to experience what it’s like to attend an esports event, you can pre-order tickets for the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs now.


More days gone: Sony moves zombie exclusive ‘Days Gone’ to April

Sony has delayed the PlayStation 4 exclusive Days Gone to April. It was previously bumped from a 2018 release window into February, 2019, but Sony Bend apparently needs more time to add polish.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

These are the best Xbox One games out right now

More than four years into its lifespan, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.

Here's how you can keep up with your favorite streamers at TwitchCon 2018

From sessions with your favorite streamers to epic Esports tournaments, there's plenty to look forward to at this year's TwitchCon 2018. We cover how you can attend, where you can watch if you can't, and which events you don't want to miss.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (October 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.

Annual game releases are boring. Try a quirky indie game for the PS4 instead

While big budget games rely on practical innovation, indie games dive head first into new, unexplored territories. If the quirky and unusual appeal to you, take a look at our list of the best indie games on PS4.
Product Review

Huawei’s monster Mate 20 X makes the Galaxy Note 9 look small

The Huawei Mate 20 X has a 7.2-inch screen, but is surprisingly manageable to hold, yet still a little too big to carry around. Huawei’s pushing the phone’s ability as a mobile gaming handheld, challenging the Nintendo Switch.

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ adds Black Market system to dress up your soldier

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 added the Black Market system to PS4 today, giving players new ways to unlock and acquire additional customization items, such as outfits for Specialists.

In 2018, the rivalry between AMD and Intel has become more interesting than ever

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. With Ryzen, Threadripper, and Core i9 CPUs though, the AMD vs. Intel argument is muddier than ever.
Product Review

Kill a Nazi while skiing in ’Battlefield V: War Stories’

World War II is hardly a unique setting for a shooter, but Battlefield V’s War Stories has managed to liven it up. Our preview left us eager to see more of the new Battlefield’s single-player story.

The best video games to gift this holiday season, from ‘Spider-Man’ to ‘Hitman 2’

The holidays are quickly approaching and you might be looking for ideas on what to get your favorite gamer. Here are the best games you can buy for your gaming loved ones this holiday season.

Have problems with your Xbox One? We have the solutions

The Xbox One has evolved over the years, but so have its problems. Thankfully, we have solutions for some of the console's most enduring problems, whether you're experiencing issues with connectivity or your discs.

Gaming on a laptop has never been better. These are your best options

Gaming desktops are powerful, but they tie you down to your desk. For those of us who prefer a more mobile experience, here are the best gaming laptops on the market, ranging from budget machines to maxed-out, wallet-emptying PCs.