The esports industry is starting to truly rival the traditional sports industry in everything from audience size to revenue. It’s estimated by some that 70 million people could be watching a single esports final in 2020. In fact, current projections put esports only second to the NFL by 2021 with esports having more viewers than the MLB, NBA, NHL, and MLS. This huge growth in the esports audience also means that the demand for esports arenas has only increased.
Below are some of the top esports arenas around the world. Not all of the arenas listed below only serve the esports community. Some of the arenas like the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai host a wide range of events from concerts to hockey games.
Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China
This arena has hosted major esports tournaments such as the Dota Pro Circuit: The International by Valve. Riot Games also hosted its LPL Regional Finals at the Mercedes Benz Arena - Shanghai. The Mercedes Benz Arena - Shanghai was built in 2017 and has a capacity of 18,000 people.
Esports Stadium in Arlington, TX
As the largest dedicated esports facility in North America, Esports Stadium Arlington comes in at an impressive 100,000 square feet. It has a capacity of 2,500 and was built in 2018 purely focused on meeting the needs of the esports community. The stadium hosts a variety of tournaments for competitive video games like the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Fortnite.
Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA
The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention center on the west coast with more than 1 million square feet of usable space. It’s a popular destination for events like VidCon and the Anime Expo. This center also turns out to be the home of BlizzCon which is when the StarCraft II World Championship Series Grand finals. CSGO players also know the Anaheim Convention Center for the DreamHack Open which is a CSGOO tournament with $100,000 on the line for competitors.
Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden
Did you know that Sweden is one of the top countries for esports? In fact, some of the best esports professionals are from Sweden. Names like Patrik Lindberg, Sebastian Widlund, and Kevyn Lindstrom represent Sweden and have made a lot of money due to their gaming abilities. The use of the $85 million Malmo Arena for esports tournaments aside from music concerts is a part of this growth fo esports in the European country. This arena has been around since 2008 and has hosted the DreamHack Masters.
As the esports industry continues to grow, the presence of dedicated esports facilities like the esports stadium in Arlington will become more common. Which trends have you seen in the esports industry? How do you expect to see esports grow in the next 5-10 years? Let us know by joining the conversation in our forum!