On January 12th, when the Overwatch League began, one clip on the Overwatch community went viral. It depicted a group of Esports fans’ cheering for the match with the Boston Uprising at one of the pubs in Boston. It was quite impressive to see everyone cheering for the Boston team; it was like they were encouraging their beloved EPL or MLG home teams.
It was a rare sight to see during an Esports event. However, the videos prove that gamers have come to accept the new home-based Esports league, despite their skepticism when it was first announced.
We were able to hear about an interesting place from a colleague in LA when we visited the on January 16th. It turns out that there is a pub for Esports fans in Burbank where the Blizzard Arena is, just like the one in Boston. I was quite interested as I was not familiar with pubs in general, so we went with Nick D’Orazio, who had introduced is to the pub, to see what it was like in person.
Not only are there famous streamers and pro team-related parties, but Erik “DoA” Lonnquist and Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles, the Overwatch League casters, are also known to often visit this Esports pub in Burbank. Let us have a look at how it looks.
This kind of pub culture is an everyday thing in the US and EU regions, but a pub that only deals with Esports and has a variety of entertainment for gamers is still not a common thing to spot even in these countries.
So, we met the owner of the place who was enjoying a board game, Spencer Cox and heard a short story about the reason why he decided to make such a place.
“It’s been 6 months since we made this place,” said Mr. Cox, “we made it hoping that everyone enjoys Esports just like at any other Sports bars.”
DoA and MonteCristo, the Overwatch League casters, are also known to visit here. The place is already becoming a hotspot for people who love games, and they are planning to show the LoL League when the NA LCS begins.
We hope that more pubs like this are made in each state and region, and also hope that watching Esports at a pub is seen as ordinary entertainment, just like watching American Football, soccer, or baseball.