UPDATE 19/09/23 10am: This article has been updated in light of new information provided regarding Karmine Corp’s new esports venue.
French esports organisation Karmine Corp has unveiled plans to operate its own dedicated esports arena.
During the organisation’s Karmine Corp vs The World (KCX3) event, Karmine Corp revealed its new home will be the ‘Arènes de l’Agora’ stadium, which aims to open its doors in the summer of 2024.
Arènes de l’Agora, also known as Les Arènes, is situated in Evry, France and is currently undergoing renovation until next year. Karmine Corp has signed a lease to utilise the stadium, which includes hosting between 10 to 20 events from Summer 2024 onwards.
According to a post on X, the facility will contain 3000 seats and host various events including watch parties and official tournament matches. The post also mentions a ‘subscription-based system.’ Details on the subscription model were not disclosed.
In addition to announcing plans to open a dedicated esports stadium, Karmine Corp founder Kamel ‘Kameto’ Kebir revealed that the organisation is ‘close’ to securing a spot in the LEC (League of Legends European Championship). Esports.net reports that confirmation of the organisation’s entrance into the LEC will take place at some point in October.
The Karmine Corp vs The World event saw matches in League of Legends, Rocket League, VALORANT, and Super Smash Bros take place. According to Esports Charts, the showmatch between the organisation and Team Heretics attracted a peak viewership figure of 155,343.
As of late, Riot Games has introduced more showmatches between teams, outside of officially sanctioned competitions. Notably, the Red Bull League of Its Own event sold out in three hours and will feature South Korean team T1 competing against German and other European teams.
Karmine Corp joins several organisations and tournament organisers that have opened a dedicated stadium. Some organisations that compete in League of Legends’ LPL, as well as Riot Games, have arenas for fans to watch matches and for competitions to take place.
Karmine Corp has managed to generate a strong fan base since its creation, captivating a large French fanbase across multiple titles. As such, creating a stadium could enable the organisation to create new revenue streams.