Vicinity Centres and Fortress Esports Pty Ltd has revealed that the Southern Hemisphere’s first video gaming and esports entertainment venue will open at Emporium Melbourne at the beginning of 2020. Redefining the way people play video games, Fortress Melbourne will be one of the world’s largest integrated gaming destinations with a 2,700m2 building, spaced out across two levels.
The venue will cater for all, from gamers, to families and tourists to Melbourne, Fortress Melbourne will offer an Australian first experience with a 200-seat purpose built esports arena, console gaming suites, more than 160 gaming PCs, dedicated streamer pods, RPG and tabletop game play area, function rooms, a full-service restaurant and two bars all part of the new facility.
Vicinity Centres Chief Development Officer, Carolyn Viney said, “We are always looking at new, unique experiences to offer our customers and with the global phenomenon of esports rapidly gaining fans in Australia, Emporium Melbourne’s city location makes it the obvious choice for an esports arena and gaming venue that will cater to all audiences. This exciting first for entertainment venues reflects Melbourne’s standing as the cultural and events capital of Australia and cements Emporium Melbourne as a market-leading retail, dining and entertainment destination in the CBD.”
Viney also stated that, “Esports tournaments sell out major stadiums worldwide and have a highly engaged audience globally. We expect Fortress Melbourne to follow international trends and become a major attraction for all types of customers, young and old, who want a real-time esports and video gaming experience”.
Jon Satterley, CEO and co-founder at Fortress Esports said, “We want to make Fortress Melbourne the ultimate ‘home away from home’ for everyone, from casual gamers, competitive gamers and esports fanatics, to families and after-work crowds. Fortress Melbourne will offer the best video gaming experiences and entertainment, with the newest tech, fastest internet, comfortable decor, great food and drinks, and a rich calendar of events and tournaments, plus more”.
With an opening date expected for early 2020, Fortress Esports will appeal to gamers of all ages, skill ability and commitment in an inviting space specially designed by global architectural design firm Populous, who previously designed ANZ Stadium and the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Located on Emporium Melbourne’s lower levels, construction is already underway.