Blizzard has opened an e-sports stadium in Taiwan

    
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The Olympic committee looks really different now.

Blizzard already has an unlicensed amusement park — so why not a licensed stadium?

That’s indeed exactly what the company has built in Taiwan. The so-called Blizzard eStadium (seriously, I thought this was an April Fools’ Day joke at first, but no) apparently seats 250 fans and is stuffed with swag and snacks.

This weekend, Blizzard will use the new venue to kick off the Overwatch Pacific Championship, the regional sub-tourney that ultimately leads to the Overwatch World Cup at BlizzCon this fall.

“The venue will expand to host matches from other games in Blizzard’s competitive retinue, like HearthStone and StarCraft 2,” reports Engadget via its Chinese branch.

Source: E-Sports Insider via Engadget, official site. Thanks, Sally!
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Asia has some odd stuff. Think there would build this first in Korea

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Armsbend

250 seats is an arthouse theater not a stadium.

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A Dad Supreme

Gives off that nice Arena league feel for sure.
The Arena Football League lol.

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Golconde

Did it cost 8.5 million dollars?

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MesaSage

stuffed with swag and snacks.

Blizzard should buy the NFL.

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Sally Bowls

Blizzard’s plan is to replace the NFL. In their esports financial discussions, they talk about NFL and NBA being $7B a year businesses, and esports having that potential.

Kotick said his friend Kraft said the $180M he spent buying the NE Patriots was his best investment and that getting in early on esports …

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A Dad Supreme

The big difference is that the NFL comes with a built-in loyalty that esports do not.
Many fans of the NFL are several generations deep that simply are ‘born’ into markets. Fans of the Cowboys usually breed… Cowboy fans, that type of thing.

The other is that young fans of the NFL usually don’t ‘outgrow’ the NFL; they may change teams but are fans for life. I don’t think you’ll have 50-60 years of someone who watched esports as a teen continue later in life unlike the NFL and other types of real sports.
Esports seems to be a transient type of activity where it doesn’t inspire much loyalty overall (fans seems to follow the sport, not necessarily players generally) and ‘teams’ aren’t really the same thing by region, which also mean they can be moved/shifted with little difficulty.
On the profitability standpoint, esports definitely can compete but will never ‘replace’ the NFL as you say.
Honestly, the talk about esports ‘replacing’ major sports reminds me of the same talk about how soccer in the US was going to ‘replace’ NFL, MLB, NBA and etc because more people worldwide watched/played soccer.
Still waiting for that to happen lol.

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Bryan Correll

Many fans of the NFL are several generations deep that simply are ‘born’ into markets. Fans of the Cowboys usually breed… Cowboy fans, that type of thing.

Insert gratuitous joke about E-Sports fans not doing any breeding……

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A Dad Supreme

“The so-called Blizzard eStadium (seriously, I thought this was an April Fools’ Day joke at first, but no) apparently seats 250 fans and is stuffed with swag and snacks.”
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Sounds more like a movie theatre to me.
In Podunkville, Kansas.
No doubt it will be built by quality Chinese laborers using exacting industry standards and the best construction tools/materials money can buy so we know it will be an extremely safe venue for fans and competitors.

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Antheriel

Why does someone have to dump on China nearly every time anything vaguely related to it comes up? It’s racist. Please stop.

Also, this facility is in Taiwan, which has a separate government from China and, I would presume, separate building codes and labour practices.

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A Dad Supreme

“It’s racist. Please stop.”
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Commenting on shoddy (typical) Asian countries and their buildings is racist?
Taiwan has shitty building codes as well. Even the halfway decent ones are circumvented with government indifference.
Take your misguided outrage elsewhere please.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31484052

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Gawd, I’m experiencing an I-knew-it moment. MMOs were not the future. Esports are the future. Titan became Overwatch. Overwatch became flagship Esports league, complete with “stadium”.

Anybody watching Blizzard for the last several years knew this was coming.

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silverlock

It seats 250 people? What are they doing renting out a High school auditorium?

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Antheriel

Yes, calling this a stadium seems disingenuous. It’s a small-to-medium auditorium.

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starbuck1771

Bossland is funding Blizzard with all the money they losing to them via lawsuits! 8.6 million dollars they must pay Blizzard for their bot sales for overwatch. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39490317

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BDJ

Money which blizz will NEVER see. So no, bossland isn’tfunding anything.

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What was the other shock?

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rafael12104

Lol. That Pokemon has lost 80 percent of its playerbase. Cynical shock though.