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MLG planning to build world’s first eSports arena in China


Major League Gaming has partnered with two Chinese companies to build a 15,000-person eSports arena on Hengqin Island. The facility will be the first of its kind and it will be at the centre of Lai Fung’s Creative Culture City development. A £1.7 billion project.

“This development on Hengquin Island is a true stadium and the first of its kind,” MLG President and co-founder Mike Sepso told onGamers. “This is a massive development in one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Additionally, the China gaming market is enormous and the fastest growing on earth. The anticipated launch of the MLG Arena in 2017 will give MLG a very strong foothold in that market, but also a marquis travel destination to showcase eSports at the highest level.”

This doesn’t mean MLG have forgotten the US. “In the US we have been working on partnerships with existing stadiums and arenas and we will be announcing those later this year,” Sepso explains.

The two companies MLG are partnering with are Lai Fung Holdings Limited and eSun Holdings Limited. The companies are funding the development of Hengqin and they’ve decided to put the new arena in the V-Zone, which acts as the centrepiece of the building work.

to put the project inside the ‘V-Zone’, which is described as the first-in-the-world video game destination planned as a centerpiece of Lai Fung’s Renminbi 18 billion ‘Creative Culture City’ development on Hengqin Island.

Apparently there haven’t been any firm decisions on what games will be played there.