Blizzard Entertainment announced that it would open a dedicated arena space in Los Angeles next month. It will be called Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and it will host all major events for Blizzard games, including World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, and Hearthstone.
In a special release, Blizzard’s CEO and Co-Founder Mike Morhaime announced that the Arena will welcome fans from around the world and its opening will be the beginning of “a new era of competition-based entertainment”. He also emphasized that Blizzard was honored to “bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”
Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will officially open on October 7th. It will be located in Burbank, California at Burbank Studios, formerly known as NBC Studios. The Blizzard Arena faculty will host events all year round. It has practice areas, control rooms, several sound stages. Blizzard also announced that there will be a retail store and the available stock will depend on which events are happening at the arena.
The first major event that will take place at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will be the Overwatch Contenders Season One Playoffs. The Hearthstone Championship Tour will follow on October 13th. Then, the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Finals and the World of Warcraft Arena Championship are slated to kick off. Later this year, the Arena will host the first matches of the Overwatch League, too. Still, some of the e-sports championship matches at BlizzCon will be held in Anaheim, California.