The development, named ‘Parcs en Scène’, includes housing, hotels and a digital hub. This will be home to a 2,500-seat esports arena, which opens in 2025.
The ‘Scène Digitale’ hub will flexibly accommodate events, and will have spaces and studios for training and teaching esports.
There will also be rental accommodation for start-ups, restaurants, retail and a hotel. In addition, it will include a climbing wall and virtual reality (VR) arcade.
Baptiste Le Brun, regional director of urban projects at Linkcity, said (via Linkedin) that “Scène Digitale will host in 2025 in Thiais a complete ecosystem around esports”.
2,500-seat esports arena opens in 2025
He added that it will have an “arena of 2,500 seats, resident teams, esports clubs, reception spaces, offices for the structures of the sector, hotel and dedicated shops”.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are the lead designers for the first phase of ‘Parcs en Scène’, which boasts 130,000 square metres of mixed-use development.
The masterplan involves transforming the industrial site into a well-connected green district, offering access to public and private outdoor spaces.
The project will launch in phases between 2024 and 2029.
“A complete ecosystem around esports”
Elsewhere, SuperGen Group has broken ground on the $1.5bn Shanghai International Culture and Creative Esports Centre in Minhang, Shanghai.
The centre of the hub will feature a 6,000 seat arena, and plans also include an esports-themed hotel, an indoor skydiving venue and a breakdancing facility.
“Esports should have a high-energy atmosphere with all kinds of dining, attractions and entertainment options to choose from,” said Michael Williams, CEO and Founder of Glytch.