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TSM reveals inside look at luxury $50 million esports center

Published: 14/Apr/2020 19:54 Updated: 14/Apr/2020 22:38

by Bill Cooney

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Team SoloMid has given fans a look inside of their new, $50,000,000 esports center in Los Angeles, which they claim is the “most expensive” in the world and the “largest ever created in North America.”

Since being founded in 2009, TSM has become one of the most popular North American-based esports organizations of the last decade, and it seems they’ve decided to build a facility to match.

Fortnite pro Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani and TSM president of esports Leena Xu walked us through the massive facility filled with anything a professional gamer could ever want or need.

According to Xu, the facility is set to open in “Spring 2020,” which means this video was probably filmed well in advance of its April release date.

From the very beginning, Myth seemed incredibly pumped about the 25,000 sq. foot building, which is the biggest esports-focused facility in the western hemisphere, according to TSM.

The center space of the building is where the over 60 employees who make everything TSM happen will work, but there’s going to be much more than just office space in their massive new HQ.

For fans in Southern California, there will be a special watch party room where they can gather and watch all of TSM’s games, which will also double as a film room for players during the week.

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What would an esports facility be without a merch store?

There’s one thing inside of TSM’s massive new facility that no other esports center in the world has though, and that’s a sensory deprivation tank.

If you don’t know, sensory deprivation tanks are small pools of salt water you float in that cut off all light, sounds and other stimuli from the outside world. They’re supposed to be incredibly trippy, and great for relaxing and meditation.

The idea for the tank actually came from TSM’s League of Legends midlaner Søren “Bjergsen Bjerg, but Xu told Myth he was more than welcome to use it as well, since they wouldn’t be getting a swimming pool as the Fortnite pro had requested.

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The Lenovo Legion Lounge is where TSM teams will prep and practice before tournaments and matches.

Players will also get their own area, the “Lenovo Legion Lounge” (try saying that five times fast), where they can practice and prep for matches and tournaments.

They’ll also have access to a full-size gym, kitchen and everything else a pro gamer or content creator could need.

All of this means players could theoretically never have to leave the facility, which would make a “How long can I live at the TSM HQ without getting kicked out!?” video some great content. You can have that idea for free, Myth.

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Edward Gaming’s new $1.5 billion esports industry park in pictures

Published: 5/Jan/2021 11:39

by Alex Garton

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LPL organization Edward Gaming and their parent company SuperGen have announced one of the biggest singular investments in esports to date. The construction of the Shanghai International NCC&Esports Center will cost over 10 billion yuan and is expected to be complete in 2023.

In the world of esports, the bar for organizations training facilities and headquarters has certainly been raised in recent years. It was only back in April that North American organization Team SoloMid announced their $50 million gaming facility. This remains the largest and most expensive esports center in the entire United States.

Since then, other esports organizations have announced huge and ambitious projects, including the LPL’s Edward Gaming who has begun construction on a billion-dollar esports industry park, based in Shanghai.

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The $1.5 billion industry park will be integrated with sustainable energy sources.

Esports center, pool, and more

The esports industry park, which is set to be complete in 2023, will function as Edward Gaming’s headquarters and training facility. However, the plans also incorporate various other features that truly set this apart from other esports construction projects.

For example, the park will include a dedicated venue, capable of hosting an on-site audience of 6,000 spectators. This will allow EDG to host their own events and bring fans into the center to watch their favorite team. On top of this, the park will include a 5-star esports-themed hotel and an indoor skydiving venue.

With the project set to be an estimated 500,000 square meters in size, there’s no doubt it’ll be a spectacle to behold when it’s finally complete. In the meantime, EDG’s teaser for the facility gives us a digital glimpse of what we can expect.

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The park is set to provide over 2,000 esports related jobs.
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EDG plans to host up to 300 esports competitions a year at the venue.

EDG and SuperGen are certainly going all-out with the size and scope of this esports industry park. It’s an incredibly ambitious project and it’ll be interesting to see how it comes along over the course of 2021.

There’s no doubt the bar is being raised every single year for the standard of esports facilities. It begs the question, what kind of projects can we expect to see in the next 10 years? At this point, it’s difficult to tell, but it’s certainly exciting to speculate.