This week in esports: Fusion Arena, GameStop, Drake, Beko

This week in esports has seen Comcast Spectacor reveal plans for a $50 million gaming arena, GameStop get involved with three major Texan organisations, and LEC find yet another well-known, non-endemic partner. Here’s your recap of the biggest and best stories from the past week!

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Comcast Spectacor to build $50 million arena for Philadelphia Fusion

Comcast Spectacor Philadelphia Fusion Arena
Image credit: Comcat Spectacor

Comcast Spectacor is set to build a $50 million (£37.8 million) gaming arena called the Fusion Arena, which will act as a home venue for Overwatch League franchise Philadelphia Fusion.

The venue – which will be 47-acres and will be able to seat 3,500 audience members – will also be suited to hosting esports events and music concerts.

Read the full article here.

Team Envy and Dallas Fuel partner with GameStop

Team Envy Dallas Fuel GameStop
Logo credit: Team Envy & Dallas Fuel

Team Envy has entered a partnership with GameStop, which also involves its Overwatch League franchise Dallas Fuel.

The deal will see players from the organisation and the franchise get involved with GameStop Live clinics, a new initiative that looks to cater to people who aspire to become professional players.

Read the full article here.

compLexity Gaming announces GameStop Performance Center

GameStop Performance Center
GameStop Performance Center. Credit: compLexity Gaming

compLexity Gaming also announced a partnership with GameStop, involving a three-year naming rights deal for its new headquarters: the GameStop Performance Center.

Opening in May this year, the organisation’s center will be located at The Star in Frisco, Texas, next to the Dallas Cowboys’ headquarters.

Read the full article here.

OpTic Gaming and Houston Outlaws add GameStop as video game retail partner

OpTic Gaming GameStop
Image credit: OpTic Gaming

The third organisation stationed in North Texas to partner with GameStop, OpTic Gaming and its Overwatch League franchise Houston Outlaws also made deals with the video game retailer.

As well as getting involved with the GameStop Live clinics, OpTic Gaming’s fans will have the opportunity to meet its personalities and players through “exclusive opportunities.”

Read the full article here.

Drake among investors in $3M funding round for Players’ Lounge

Players' Lounge
Logo credit: Players’ Lounge

Drake has doubled down on his involvement with esports by investing in esports start-up Players’ Lounge.

Raising $3 million, the company also received investments from Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Marissa Mayer, former President and CEO of Yahoo, Comcast, Macro Ventures, Canaan, RRE, and Courtside.

Read the full article here.

Riot Games add Beko as latest partner of LEC

LEC Beko Partnership

Riot Games has added another partner to LEC’s roster, bringing in home and kitchen appliance company Beko.

Acting as the official domestic appliances supplier for the remainder of the Sprint Split and upcoming Summer Split, Beko and LEC will produce content surrounding the impact of eating healthily.

Read the full article here.

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