Professional gaming and eSports are extremely popular right now. In fact, professional and competitive gaming is as popular as streaming services online. One estimate brings the eSports industry’s global revenue for 2016 to around $500 million. Many people look to watching others “game” online as a form of entertainment.
It sounds like now Disney is trying to get a piece of the eSports pie. Faron Kelley, Vice President of Sports at Walt Disney World has said “We are trying to keep up with what sports are breaking and how we can be involved in them. Sports is a big one we are looking at and are very excited about it.”
The ESPN Wide World of Sports has even more than just desire to host these eSports events. They will have the space too. Last year, Disney announced in a partnership with Varsity Spirit that they would be building an indoor stadium capable of seating 8,000 people. The new arena will be 3000,000 square feet and will be the world’s first stadium to focus on cheer leading and dance. The arena may cater to cheer leading and dance but it will also be equipped to handle various other events like eSports events. At the time of the announcement, Kelley said, “It is exciting because it isn’t just cheer, it’s basketball, it’s volleyball, it’s eSports with gaming. We are absolutely looking at e-sports and it’s a wonderful venue for that.”
Even though no exact date has been given as when one could take in an eSports Event at Disney, Kelley has said eSports “will come here very soon.”
Another up and coming event that may be coming to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is drone racing. Drone racing is currently broadcasted on ESPN. This event can take place indoor the new arena and outdoors as well. Kelley had this to say about drone racing, “We are talking to our partners at ESPN that cover a lot of drone racing. Drone racing is very interesting and it’s a sport that we are looking at, not just for our new facility but our other facilities, whether it’s indoors or outdoors throughout the complex.”
Have you ever participated in or attended an eSports or drone racing event? Would you be interested in taking one in during your next visit to Disney World? Let us know!
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