Global customer experience company Teleperformance has unveiled a €1.2m (~£1.0m) esports arena in Lisbon, Portugal.
The new facility, which was unveiled during Teleperformance’s launch event & esports convention on May 27th, will be utilised primarily for private events as opposed to public use. Teleperformance staff will be able to use the space for socialising and team bonding.
The facility has been built into the company’s office in Lisbon, Portugal. In time, the company has ambitions to host esports competitions between the different offices within the facility. Founded in France, Teleperformance operates in 88 countries and serves 170 markets with over 420,000 employees.
The launch of the ‘state-of-the-art’ facility appears to be the start of Teleperformance’s push into esports. The company also plans to create its own team, with Portuguese media outlet Expresso reporting that it will enter FIFA.
Teleperformance’s esports launch event also featured a range of activities, including panels discussing esports and the metaverse, as well as esports tournaments. One of the showmatches saw MIBR compete against OG in CS:GO, with the winner (OG) receiving over $30,000 (~£23,700).
Esports showcases in FIFA, Brawl Stars and Super Smash Bros also took place at the venue’s unveiling, as well as a panel featuring industry executives and representatives from the likes of Razer, SPORTFIVE, OG and more.
Over the last 18 months, a variety of esports venues have been unveiled – ranging from performance HQ’s to public facilities. Some notable venues include the V.Hive in Paris, Giants Gaming’s 1000-square-metre HQ in Spain, OverActive Media’s planned venue in Toronto, the SideQuest venues across the UK and Belong Gaming Arenas’ gaming centres across both the UK and US.
Esports Insider says: It’s great to see more venues being developed across Europe, especially from such a sizable, non-endemic company. The esports arena looks to not only provide opportunities for teams and events, but will be a prominent component as Teleperformance looks to develop its own esports team and integrate the discipline into the company’s culture. If executed correctly, Teleperformance could become a major name within Portugal, and more globally, for esports.