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HYPD Arena coming to intu Lakeside with esports, virtual reality and retro gaming

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Video gaming experience company HYPD is taking HYPD Arena to intu Lakeside. The new location will have esports, virtual reality esports and experiences, and a retro arcade.

HYPD is heading to Lakeside in Essex following a successful stint at Thorpe Park. The company’s flagship HYPD Arena will be at intu Lakeside from July 20 to August 31.

HYPD Arena activities are as follows: HYPD Legends esports tournament, which includes virtual reality (VR) esports, UNIVRSE Virtual Reality, Next-Gen Zone, Retro Arcade, and Twitch Livestream Viewing Centre.

The attraction, located on Level 2 at intu Lakside, will offer various HYPD Legends esports tournaments, including FIFA 19, Apex Legends, and Project Cars 2 VR.

Take part in HYPD Legends esports tournaments

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UNIVRSE Virtual Reality immerses players in the game using the latest technology. Games previously featured include Beat Saber, Richie’s Plank Experience, Arcade LA Deadzone, and Project Cars 2.

Chris Haydon, COO of HYPD, said (via Esports Insider) HYPD features “a dynamic range of gameplay options for customers to enjoy”, adding: “I’d very much like to thank intu Lakeside for their continued support of this initiative. Together we can deliver a truly unforgettable attraction.”

Howard Oldstein, Regional Centre Director at intu Lakeside, said: “We are extremely excited to have HYPD with us this summer. This is an amazing opportunity for our customers as the HYPD Arena will help us to create a unique and exciting experience for all gamers across Essex.

“Along with our eternal leisure development taking shape, it’s really going to be an epic summer at intu Lakeside.”

Immersing players in games with the latest tech

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Across the pond, experimental entertainment company Two Bit Circus is hosting esports tournaments at its Micro-Amusement Park in LA, with games including Fortnite, Super Smash Bros., and Killer Queen.

As the esports industry grows, Blooloop chatted to industry experts Professor Andy Miah and Brian Mirakian about the future of esports and what it will mean for gamers.

Images: HYPD Arena

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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