Why Millennial Esports is opening a venue in downtown Vegas

Why Millennial Esports is opening a venue in downtown Vegas

Thursday, March 2, 2017 Posted by Sam Cooke

The regeneration of downtown Vegas continues and sees another string added to its bow this Friday with the grand opening of the Millennial Esports venue at the Neonopolis.

As the stakeholders that be in Vegas go about enticing esports companies and organisers to Nevada in a bid to attract the legions of fans worldwide, Totally Gaming spoke to Alex Igelman the CEO of Millennial Esports.

The sparkling new venue spans 15,000 sq ft. and seats 200 in the main hall. A three day qualifying event for the Halo World Championships is first up and will kick off on the opening day. Igelman commented: “Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world. 7 of the 10 highest grossing nightclubs in the world are in Vegas.

“Esports is just another form of entertainment, albeit a unique one, and it only makes sense that a permanent arena be built here. Las Vegas has always been able to provide its visitors with amenities that they are interested in. With a global gaming audience of close to 700 million people, it's a no brainer that an esports arena be part of these offerings.”

Of course Millennial isn’t the only company to realise the opportunity here. The sleeping giants in esports venue hosts are casinos. The Downtown Grand already holds regular nights, whilst more and more casinos are taking note and seeking the right opportunities. 

The Naruscope conference late last year brought together those from the worlds of casinos and esports, and there was undoubtedly a buzz generated. On the subject of casinos, Igelman commented: “I think that it's only a matter of time until the casinos follow suit. Remember this city is built on imitation. When Steve Wynn opened Cirque du Soleil's mystere in 1993 it was incredibly different and unique. It was only a matter of years before almost every property on the strip had permanent cirque show of their own.

“We at Millennial Esports feel that we are pioneers in this space and our company wants to be to esports, what cirque was for theater shows in Las Vegas.”

Totally Gaming says: Downtown Las Vegas makes a lot of sense for a dedicated esports venue and with a 200 seats and another sizable hall it should draw both the crowds and the tournament organisers.

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