Fortress Esports plans video gaming and esports venue in Melbourne

Fortress Esports has announced plans for the largest video gaming and esports entertainment venue in the Southern Hemisphere, heading to Emporium Melbourne.

Fortress Melbourne, set to open in early 2020, will span more than 2,700 square metres across two floors and will include a 200-seat purpose-built esports arena.

It will boast more than 160 gaming PCs, console gaming suites, four dedicated streamer pods, and RPG and tabletop game play area.

The attraction will also have a restaurant, two bars, and a professional esports boot camp room and training facilities.

Jon Satterley, CEO at Fortress Esports, said Melbourne “has become the epicentre for video gaming and esports culture with major events like Melbourne Esports Open and PAX Australia”.

Attractions include esports arena, gaming, and F&B

“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,” he added.

“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.”

Fortress Esports has partnered with US-based Allied Esports on Fortress Melbourne, and is working with architecture firm Populous.

Gaming and esports facilities at Fortress Melbourne

  • Purpose-built dedicated esports arena with retractable 200-seat grandstand
  • More than 50 networked PCs
  • Esports ‘sports’ bar
  • Broadcast and production facilities
  • Themed basement ‘tavern’ bar and restaurant
  • Dedicated 56 PC LAN lounge
  • Four streamer pods
  • Function room with 40 additional PC’s for events
  • Dedicated area for RPG and tabletop gaming
  • Professional esports boot camp room and training facilities
  • Large screens broadcasting live tournaments and international playoffs
  • Purpose-built ‘casual console’ gaming suites
  • Shop selling esports apparel and tech

Fortress Esports has also confirmed plans to build more locations in Australia and New Zealand. Elsewhere, Sanya is planning a $682m esports theme park.

Blooloop previously spoke about the growing industry of esports with experts Professor Andy Miah and Brian Mirakian.

Images: Fortress Esports