The world’s first dedicated esports motor racing arena will be built by Millennial Esports in Miami, with the state-of-the-facility scheduled to open in 2020.
The new facility is part of Millennial Esports’ push to professionalise global esports racing competition.
The new 12,000ft2 arena will be located in the prominent entertainment district of Wynwood in Miami — known for restaurants, breweries, retail areas, and outdoor murals. Millennial has secured $2.8 million in private construction financing to complete the build out of the facility.
The esports arena will feature 30 racing simulators which can be raced on individually, linked with the other racing rigs in the building or globally networked to compete against drivers from all over the world.
Professional drivers can also take the next step with the installation of a full-size full-motion simulator — the same type as used by major professional race teams around the world.
The arena build is a continuation of plans hatched by Millennial Esports with its controlling stake in specialist racing simulator constructor, Allinsports in August.
Millennial Esports president and CEO, Darren Cox said:
Creating our first arena is an important step in Millennial Esports’ goal of taking esports racing to an entirely new level.
Allinsports already have a driver training simulator facility in Miami, but our new arena will take esports racing to an entirely new level. Esports is the fastest growing sport in the world, but the racing genre of esports is ready to take a massive leap.
Our goals are for this arena to be the first of many located around the world. These centres will hold major local and international competitions, be used for both amateur and professional driver training and also stage major corporate events.
Nobody has built anything like this at this level — we want this to be the ‘Formula 1’ of racing esports facilities — and the people of Miami will be the first to enjoy this opportunity to develop their skills.
Allinsports was founded by South African-born ex-Formula 1 engineer Anton Stipinovich. His Formula 1 career included stints at Ferrari, McLaren, and Red Bull — scoring multiple F1 world championships and more than 80 race wins.
Allinsports president Stipinovich said:
Our Miami Arena is going to be quite unique because it’s not only going to be an esports arena, it will be a driver academy and allow young racers to progress through the ranks of esports and real-world racing.
Simulators have changed the world in motorsport. Drivers have become a lot more scientific and much better prepared. You can see this in today’s Formula 1 racing where you have young drivers like Lando Norris and Max Verstappen coming up through the ranks very fast thanks to their esports experience.
US motor racing, South American motor racing, everybody wants to come to Miami. It’s an excellent location, and there are moves to host a Formula 1 race here. It’s really just a showcase for us to show off the first of many different arenas.
In addition to the Miami esports racing arena, Millennial Esports aims to revolutionise esports racing and the racing gaming genre via its industry-leading gaming studio Eden Games (Lyon, France); and the ultimate gamer-to-racer competition, World’s Fastest Gamer, which is managed by Millennial Esports company IDEAS+CARS.
Additionally, Millennial Esports own the Barcelona, Spain-based data consultancy Stream Hatchet — the industry leader in esports live streaming data analysis.