Spotlight-ESPorts Arena

Big Screen Dreams

Staff

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This article originally appeared in Computer Games Magazine #150

Debuting this past January in the Pacific Theaters in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, the ESPorts Arena converts a movie theater into a giant LAN center. They use the large movie screen to broadcast games, and the designs have monitors all over the place for observers as well as participants. The company plans to expand to 400 locations in major theater chains throughout the United States over the next four years. “With over 145 million existing computer game players in the United States and consumers spending more on gaming software than movie tickets, we felt there was a demand for a new type of venue where gamers could meet for competition,” says CEO John Varley, who has developed similar setups in Europe, Japan, and Latin America. (ESPorts Arena, http://www.esportsarena.com)

This article originally appeared in Computer Games Magazine #150