Esports

Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion reveal stunning $50 million arena

Published: 25/Sep/2019 21:09 Updated: 25/Sep/2019 23:42

by Scott Robertson

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The Philadelphia Fusion and its partners have broken ground on their $50 million esports arena, Fusion Arena, and have released a gorgeous preview video of the future home of the Philly based Overwatch League franchise.

The bar for esports arenas is being set at an all-time high in Philadelphia, as ground has broken at the site of the future Fusion Arena, and is set to open its doors in 2021.

As the ground was broken inside the Philadelphia Sports Complex, the Fusion released a teaser trailer for the venue, and it certainly is ambitious.

The video showcases numerous aspects of the Fusion Arena, including a team store, the arena theater, and something called the Ion Market. The renderings shown in the video highlight an extravagant, incredibly high value of production.

According to a press release sent to Dexerto, the venue should fit 3,500 spectators, and will dedicate 10,000 square feet to the Xfinity Training Center, team offices, and a broadcast studio. Fusion Arena will also feature “unique seating experiences including two balcony bars, club seats with USB ports, flexible loge boxes and exclusive suites.”

Comcast Spectacor / The Cordish Companies / PopulousThe Xfinity Training Center inside the Fusion Arena

Aside from host Fusion matches, the new arena will reportedly also serve “as a premier destination for competitive gaming events, [and] also host a variety of live entertainment programming and experiences.”

The $50 million arena is estimated to make the city of Philadelphia $1 million in economic benefit in just its first year, as well as created 500 new “direct and indirect construction jobs.”

The Fusion are expected to make Fusion Arena their official home for the 2021 season of Overwatch League. 

During the 2020 season, where the whole league will be experimenting with hosting homestands, the Fusion will host their weekends at The Met Philadelphia and the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Comcast Spectacor / The Cordish Companies / PopulousFusion Arena’s main entrance

The groundbreaking of Fusion Arena kicks off a busy week of Overwatch for the city of Philadelphia, who will be hosting the Season 2 Grand Finals in the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, September 29.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal

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League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.