The LCS is opening a PC cafe powered by Alienware right inside the LCS Arena on Week 2 of the 2020 Spring Split called the LCS Arcade , where attendants will have a chance to try Legends of Runeterra, Riot Games' new League of Legends card game, that launched its open beta earlier this week.
The LCS Arcade will feature high-performance gaming PCs and peripherals setup for viewers to play their favorite League games before the pros to take the stage. Whether it’s League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra or Teamfight Tactics, fans attending weekend matches can stop by the new arcade to squeeze in a few games or even have the chance to compete in live 1v1s against some of their favorite streamers.
In the official announcement on the LoL Esports website, LCS Arcade was described as a ‘PC Bang-style’ cafe, pointing towards the immensely popular chain of PC Cafes in South Korea that just opened an LA location in Koreatown.
"Playing League of Legends on top-of-the-line Alienware hardware, inside the LCS Arena, is an LCS fan’s dream come true. Alienware has been an integral partner in the League of Legends esports ecosystem, especially in North America with the LCS, and we can’t wait to see fans duke it out on the Rift (or elsewhere in Runeterra) at our new LCS Arcade,” said Matt Archambault, Head of Esports Partnerships & Business Development for North America at Riot Games.
“We are extremely excited the new LCS Arcade will be powered by Alienware’s latest PCs, monitors, and peripherals. We know that LCS attendees will absolutely love the ability to play League when they aren’t in their seats watching even more League,” said Alienware'sGlobal Director of Marketing Bryan De Zayas. “The Alienware setups in the arcade give on-site fans the opportunity to play on the same high-performance hardware the pros are using on the LCS stage.”
The LCS Arcade is not the first esports facility established by Alienware. In the past few years, competitive teams have moved away from team houses and into working offices with players and staff living in apartments nearby. Team Liquid’s headquarters, the Alienware Training Facility, was established ahead of the 2018 NA LCS season.