An esports arena is coming to Neonopolis in downtown Las Vegas.
About 15,000 square feet of space that previously served as part of a movie theater and a nightclub on the third floor of Neonopolis will be devoted to two esports gaming areas. One space will be used for an arena and another space would have dual purpose for holding matches and housing a studio for streaming.
Esports tournaments, wherein players play video games competitively for prize money, have been professionally broadcast from venues such as Madison Square Garden and Staples Center to streaming sites.
The company behind the Las Vegas venue is Pro Gaming League Inc., which is in the process of merging with Toronto-based Stratton Capital Corp., which is acquiring the company’s outstanding shares.
Pro Gaming League is a digital esports-focused entertainment company. The brand operates ProGamingLeague.com, an esports platform that connects gamers to online competitions.
In May, Pro Gaming League organized several esports events at the LvL Up Expo at Cashman Center.
“It will drive a lot of people here who may not necessarily want to gamble or go to a show,” Igelman said.
Igelman said he wanted the arena in downtown Las Vegas because of the younger demographics and because he felt the site would stand out more.