Australasia’s first direct-to-television esports studio will open this week in Auckland's iconic Sky Tower.
The studio is the result of a partnership between SKYCITY Entertainment Group and esports company LetsPlayLive.
LPL Studios is a state-of-the-art broadcast studio designed exclusively with esports in mind.
It will enable LPL to film esports events at most major Australian and New Zealand venues whilst producing a world-class broadcast product in 4K or HD to any linear TV or online partner in the world.
The setup includes dedicated PC and console booths, commentary and analysis desks, and an ultra-modern control room.
The LPL studios are near the SKYCITY Theatre, allowing for physical events with a 700-strong live audience, and the ability to cater for up to 3000 fans onsite with the opening of the International Convention Centre in 2019.
When it isn't being used for events, streamers and community groups will be able to access the studio for content creation.
The LPL Studios will host its first official broadcast on February 15.
LPL director Duane Mutu said the opening of the studio is a major milestone for the company.
"The opening of LPL Studios will see a leap forward in our ability to create and broadcast esports tournaments in Australasia," said Mutu.
"It will also provide New Zealand with the infrastructure to develop the esports industry locally and create a platform for emerging professional talent to turn their hobby into a career competing internationally.”
This week’s opening follows LPL’s announcement of its Season One programming line-up, featuring a $10,000 Counter-Strike tournament, and a nationwide esports tour for Dragon Ball FighterZ.