Blizzard to open dedicated esports venue in Burbank

by Daniel Rosen Sep 7 2017
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Blizzard's upcoming esport events will have a dedicated home venue this Fall when Blizzard opens the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles.

Blizzard Arena LA is being set up in their Burbank Studios and will open to the public on Oct. 7 with the Overwatch Contenders Season One playoffs being the first event held in the new venue. The arena will also host the Hearthstone Championship Tour's Summer Championship and the first season of the Overwatch League.

"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 and co-founder Mike Morhaime stated in a press release. "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."

The press release states that the Blizzard Arena will also have multiple stages and practice rooms, and is designed to host multiple events during the year. The press release also clarifies that the arena will not be replacing Blizzard's esports events at BlizzCon, as the Overwatch World Cup, Heroes of the Storm and WoW Arena championships will still be taking place at BlizzCon.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.