The 2,700+ square foot facility, which will be located in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood, will host the new Cleveland Rec Esports Club and will feature 40 gaming stations, an analysts’ desk, soundproof streaming pods, and a confessional-booth style studio for visitors to create their own content.
Gaming stations will feature Alienware and MSI gaming desktops, as well as Raynor gaming chairs, SteelSeries peripherals, and portable WebAround green screens, presumably for content creation and live coverage backdrops.
The organization plans to begin hosting NBA 2K tournaments, watch parties, birthday parties, and corporate outings before opening to the facility to the general public sometime in 2020.
The Cleveland community is no stranger to esports, as Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert completed a multimillion-dollar investment in League of Legends team 100 Thieves, a brand that has since become one of the most successful and prominent organisations in esports.
Shortly after the investment, Gilbert and the Cavaliers launched Cavs Legion GC, became members of the NBA 2K League, and grown the league to 21 franchises before the end of its second season.
The Cavaliers are said to be the lone investors in the new facility and cost the organization roughly half a million and didn’t request any aid from the city of Cleveland.
Though the ultimate goal of the facility is to provide more tools for Cavs Legion GC to succeed, owner Dan Gilbert also hopes to introduce the Cleveland area to esports, while simultaneously introducing the world to Cleveland’s growing esports community.
With an owner like Gilbert behind your organization, you’re sure to have deep pockets at your disposal and it only helps when the investor shares the same vision.