Blizzard is opening a cutting-edge e-sports entertainment venue in the legendary Burbank Studios in Los Angeles.
Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will host a steady schedule of premier live competition, including the Overwatch League, Hearthstone Championship Tour, and more after it opens on October 7.
"We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment," said Blizzard Entertainment CEO and cofounder Mike Morhaime.
"As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honoured to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home."
The arena consists of multiple sound stages, control rooms, and practice facilities. According to Blizzard, it was built to support a full slate of competitive events year-round.
It will also house a Blizzard retail store that rotates stock for event attendees based on the competitions taking place at the time.
The arena will be christened with a weekend of Overwatch Contenders Season One Playoffs action on October 7–8 – an event that is the culmination of a summer of formidable European and North American competition.
Then, beginning October 13, the Hearthstone Championship Tour’s Summer Championship will bring top-notch Hearthstone pros to the Arena for a full weekend of competition, with US$250,000 on the line.
The global tournament will conclude the third act of the HCT and set the table for the Hearthstone World Championship, taking place in early 2018.
The early battles of both the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) Finals and World of Warcraft Arena Championship will be held at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in late October, with top Heroes of the Storm and WoW Arena players looking to fight their way onto the championship stages at BlizzCon, Blizzard’s annual community celebration in Anaheim, California, taking place November 3–4.
Then, later this year, some of the top Overwatch players in the world will take their first steps toward stardom at the Arena when the Overwatch League kicks off.
Burbank Studios once home to the groundbreaking late-night talk show The Tonight Show.