A new organization, the Nevada Esports Alliance (NVEA) is aiming to make Nevada the premiere location for esports in the world. The organization officially debuted on February 9 with the singular goal of advancing the development of Nevada as a global esports hub.
The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles.
The 15,000-square-foot e-sports venue slated to open Friday will host competitive video game tournaments. It’s part of a trend that the casino industry hopes will attract the millennial crowd, the 15- to 34-year-olds who are becoming majority spenders in today’s economy but aren’t necessarily interested in traditional gambling.
“Las Vegas needs to consistently reinvent itself to remain relevant to the up-and-coming generation,” said Seth Schorr, CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and a member of the board of directors of Millennial Esports, the company behind the arena. “We’ve always come up with ways to maintain our position as the entertainment capital of the world.”
Several of downtown Las Vegas’ most powerful authors of development and the glitz and glam spoke at a panel about their visions for what’s to come and what they’d like to see in the region in the coming years.
At the Molasky Corporate Center at 101 N. City Parkway on Feb. 2, five well-known names in the casino industry sat in front of an audience filled with policy makers and reporters: Derek Stevens, owner of the D, Golden Gate and other property in the region; Jim Sullivan, vice president and general manager of the Fremont, owned by Boyd Gaming; Seth Schorr, chairman of Downtown Grand; Joe Woody, chief financial officer of the El Cortez; and Jonathan Jossel, CEO of Plaza Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is officially making a play for esports with the launch of the Nevada Esports Alliance.
“As Nevada continues to reinvent itself to maintain its position as the entertainment capital of the world, resort operators are looking for ways to remain relevant and speak to the up and coming generation,” said Seth Schorr, a founding director of NVEA, CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and chairman of Downtown Grand. “Esports is one of the most important platforms to speak to millennials and create experiences that will drive continued visitation to our state.”
A group of businesses, advocates and academics have formed an association focused on advancing the development of Nevada as a global hub for esports.
The Nevada Esports Alliance is a new non-profit organization that plans to boost the state as the center of the convergence of video gaming and the casino industry.
Nevada regulators approved rules for skill-based gaming last year and that has led to growth in esports competitions and wagering on game outcomes. In addition, the first esports lab opened last year at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute.
Several top industry figures have launched the Nevada Esports Alliance in response to the developing overlap between video games and gambling.
The NVEA is a not-for-profit organization which will try to establish Nevada as a global esports hub.
Founding director of the NVEA, CEO of Fifth Street Gaming, and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, Seth Schorr said:
“Esports is one of the most important platforms to speak to millennials and create experiences that will drive continued visitation to our state.”
An organization co-founded by Downtown Grand Chairman Seth Schorr dedicated to promoting Nevada in the e-sports industry launched on Thursday.
The goal of the Nevada Esports Alliance (NVEA) is to advance the development of Nevada as a global e-sports hub as the video gaming and gambling industries continue to overlap.
2月2日下午4點左右，維加斯市長卡羅琳.古德曼（Carolyn Goodman）偕同市中心五大賭場酒店的代表及部分媒體代表共同出席了非營利組織維加斯市中心聯盟（Downtown Vegas Alliance）舉辦的市中心博彩業小組座談（Downtown Gaming Panel Discussion），就推動市中心的未來繁榮強大進行了深入討論和意見交換，各方共識享有“市中心利益”這同一目標的市中心聯盟將能使得市中心未來更成功、更強
Five leading gaming executives discussed the state of downtown Las Vegas’ gaming industry and how to keep its recent successes going at a panel discussion hosted by Downtown Alliance Thursday.
The panel talk, held in the Molasky Corporate Center a block from Fremont Street and Main Street, included Derek Stevens, owner of the D, the Golden Gate, and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center; Jim Sullivan, VP and general manager of the Fremont; Seth Schorr, chairman of Downtown Grand; Joe Woody, CFO of the El Cortez, and Jonathan Jossel, CEO of Plaza Las Vegas.