Arup and Gfinity to build world’s most advanced integrated e-Sports facility


To further help the world of e-sports break out from the bedroom to dedicated arenas, leading engineering consultant Arup and e-sports company Gfinity are getting in on the action by announcing they will team up to design the ideal stadium for competitive computer gaming.

With the market for watching e-sports growing 17% year on year and an estimated global gaming community of 1.93 billion, becoming a major player in the booming sport is big business for a number of companies. The announcement revealed plans for a template for a scalable facility for interested parties to integrate into their designs.

The building would feature specialist playing, watching, training, learning and broadcast facilities as well as housing and fitness and nutritional centers to help encourage gamers to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“The latest thinking on integrated e-sports facilities is high on the agenda of a number of our largest clients. The focus of the project is to create facilities that exceed the expectations of the professional players, the aspirational professionals, the amateurs who want to compete in a fun, safe environment and the fans who support their teams. No one understands this audience better than Gfinity,” said Chris Dite, associate director, Arup.

“It is not just about the arena where the stars play. It also includes the learning, fitness and nutritional centers that they need to access to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The facility will also include residential spaces where thousands of aspirational professionals can come throughout the year to learn their craft. As specialist global leaders in sports architecture and with extensive experience in the field, we look forward to working closely with Gfinity, to achieve the facility of the future.”

Gfinity, a leading e-sports solutions provider claims it would be the world’s most advanced integrated e-sports facility that would help gamers, professional and amateur, to hone their craft and compete together in an ideal environment.

“Environments that optimize their ability to play and train to their highest potential is the difference between winning and losing,” said Garry Cook, executive chairman, Gfinity.

“We will draw on our experiences of owning and managing Europe’s first e-sports arena in London and engage with our community, which numbers tens of millions of passionate e-sports players and fans, to hear what they have to say.

“The final design will be informed from the ground up. This is another example that the e-sports industry is exciting, growing, full of opportunity and is now.”

September 26, 2018

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