The Overwatch Contenders playoffs is an event that has been given extra prestige due to the simultaneous launch of Blizzard's brand new esports arena. BlizzCon has traditionally been the most impressive Blizzard stage of the year, but the unveiling of Blizzard Arena LA has raised the bar significantly. The new arena was built a clear vision: premium esports entertainment and a place for fans to celebrate it year round.
The atmosphere at Blizzard Arena LA is decidedly different than BlizzCon. Instead of the stage fighting for the audience's attention amongst the glitz and glamor of a trade show backdrop, Blizzard Arena allows the esports to take center stage. Located in the historic studio that formerly hosted The Tonight Show, the arena is filled with support offices and bountiful resources to provide a comfortable experience for everyone involved. Player lounges, press rooms, editing bays, huge control centers, VIP guest seating: anything you think a tournament venue should have, Blizzard Arena LA has it.
The merchandise store located in the lobby and hall-of-fame displays will likely emerge as fan favorites and it was a wise decision by Blizzard to include them. Alongside other fan initiatives like HGC Cheer, the Hearthstone Oktober Brawl and the OWL's focus on regional pride, Blizzard esports fans have been given even more ways to support their favorite teams and players.
Check out the pictures below from our visit during the grand opening celebration and plan your next LA trip accordingly!
Simply put, the Blizzard Arena LA is a massive leap forward compared to the venues that usually host tournaments. The Arena's visual splendor matches the prestige of the tournaments that will take place inside, giving esports fans and professional players a destination worth visiting.
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