Waves eGaming is poised to launch a dedicated esports facility in Toronto, Canada on November 15th.
The Toronto-based company has raised almost $1 million (£761,175) through unspecified investors and aims to provide a central location for gamers in and around Toronto – allowing them to play on high-end computers and consoles.
The facility itself will be 13,000 square feet with a stage that is 1,600 square feet; it’ll also include a console lounge, a concession stand, and an area with over 80 gaming computers.
Ali “Alicus” Saba, the former Director of International Development at Infinite Esports and Entertainment, has joined Waves eGaming’s board of directors.
Alicus discussed the venture in a statement: “It’s a particularly exciting time to get involved in the venue business, as there is a tremendous amount of opportunity in this rapidly growing market. I look forward to working with Waves’ team of visionaries as the company sets its sights on the next chapter.”
The company will provide its members with weekly and monthly tournaments on titles such as Super Smash Bros., Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, NBA 2K, and FIFA 19.
Esports Insider says: We see a lot of gaming lounges popping up around the world, but esports-dedicated facilities are much less common. Toronto is about to receive quite a bit of attention from the Overwatch League, so having areas such as what Waves eGaming is creating makes a lot of sense. We may just see the Canadian city become one of the hotspots in the industry at this rate!