Blizzard will open its first U.S. esports stadium in Los Angeles next month

The world’s best pedigreed esports developer is opening a state-of-the-art temple to its craft right in its own backyard. Blizzard Entertainment, creator of the fine-tuned esports hit Overwatch and MMO legacy World of Warcraft, will open its very own esports facility and stadium on October 7, just in time for the a fresh season of playoffs for the aspiring pros in its Overwatch Contenders league.

The arena isn’t Irvine-based Blizzard’s first IRL stadium — that one opened in Taipei earlier this year — but it’s a pretty huge stateside milestone and another compelling reason that Los Angeles is the rightful U.S. home to all things esports.

The facility, dubbed Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, is part of Burbank studios, a storied hub of television production. The arena will host…

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