Blizzard has been playing in the deep end of the esports pool for several years. Today, the publisher has taken a much greater step forward in its competitive gaming ventures with the announcement of a dedicated esports venue. With the old Tonight Show facility in Burbank, CA no longer in use, Blizzard has picked it up and transformed it into the Blizzard Arena.
"We're at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment," said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime in a press release (via Dot Esports). "As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we're honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home."
The Blizzard Arena will play host to the upcoming Overwatch League, but will also house many of Blizzard's other games, including the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Finals and the World of Warcraft Arena Championship. One of the first opportunities to check out the revamped facility will come on October 13 when the Blizzard Arena houses the Hearthstone Championship Tour Summer Championship.