Esports Arena Oakland to close permanently

Esports Arena will close the doors of its Oakland location permanently, the company revealed Wednesday in a statement.

Due to “unfortunate circumstances,” Esports Arena Oakland will remain closed after initially shuttering its physical location on March 16th in wake of the pandemic crisis.

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The statement read: “Due to unfortunate circumstances, Esports Arena Oakland will not be reopening and we will be closing our doors permanently. We can’t thank you all enough and will never forget all the events, weeklies and communities who competed inside our doors.”

Esports Arena opened the halls of its Oakland, California venue in April 2018 where it hosted a number of LAN events at both the community and professional levels. The statement released by the venue and production company closes by directing its local player base to its Roseville location, which is slated to open on July 2nd.

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Over the past weekend, Esports Arena destinations in Orlando, Detroit, Scottsdale, Kansas City, Nashville, Austin, Raleigh, and Chicago resumed public operations. At the time of writing, it’s unclear as to when the company’s original location in Santa Ana will reopen its doors, while the HyperX Esports Arena venue in Las Vegas is scheduled to open up to the public on June 25th.

Esports Insider says: Although there have been many silver-linings for the esports and gaming industries as a result of the global quarantines, some businesses are simply unable to pivot during this period of crisis. It’s unfortunate to see the closure of the Oakland location, but we hope Esports Arena, and the rest of the world, can recover from the damage brought on by COVID-19.

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