The Southern Hemisphere’s largest video gaming and esports venue is locked-in for Melbourne’s CBD, set to open its doors in early 2020. Fortress Melbourne will span 2,700+ square metres across two floors of the Emporium shopping precinct.
When complete, Fortress Melbourne will offer over 160 gaming PCs, console gaming suites, streamer pods, RPG and tabletop areas, function rooms, a full-service restaurant, two bars, and a 200 seat purpose-built esports arena all under one roof.
With the recent DOTA 2 International offering up AUD $51 million in prize money, it’s easy to see why esports provide exciting opportunities – for both investors and gamers.
To deliver a world-class venue, Fortress Esports partnered with US-based Allied Esports, the world’s leading network of esports venues and operator of the famed HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. Allied Esports will be lending its expertise in global event programming, development and operation.
Fortress Melbourne is being handled by global architectural firm Populous, the designers of ANZ Stadium and the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. They will transform the current basement and lower ground space, which will have a separate entry from Caledonian Lane, in Emporium Melbourne.
“Melbourne has become the epicentre for video gaming and esports culture with major events like Melbourne Esports Open and PAX Australia, so we’re excited to be opening our first flagship venue here,” said Jon Satterley, CEO at Fortress Esports.
“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.”
Fortress Esports plans to build additional Fortress locations in Australia and New Zealand, with high-quality fit-out and facilities, in the coming years.