theScore esports Daily (Sept.7): Blizzard builds an esports stadium, EU LCS teams reportedly declare home cities & ESG Mykonos kicks off

by theScore Staff Sep 7
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Blizzard opens esports arena in Burbank, California

Blizzard has confirmed that Burbank, California will be the home for their new esports stadium, with the company's upcoming Overwatch League slated to be the venue's main attraction. Open to the public as of Oct. 7, Blizzard's new stadium will host Overwatch Contenders playoffs, Hearthstone’s Summer Championships, and Overwatch League Season 1.

"We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment," Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime stated in a press release. "As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home."

EU LCS teams reportedly declare home regions

Following up on the report of EU LCS format changes, which will move the league into four capital cities alongside a Champions League format, ESPN's Jacob Wolf reports that LCS teams have already declared the intended regional leagues they would like to reside in.

London was declared by G2 Esports, Misfits, Fnatic and Splyce, which are the four teams that theScore esports has reported to have applied for a spot in NA LCS franchising.

In the home of the old EU LCS, Berlin will reportedly play home to Schalke, Unicorns of Love, and ROCCAT. Paris, home of this past EU LCS final, has been reportedly declared by Team Vitality. Giants and UK org H2k-Gaming have opted to declare Barcelona as their intended regional to participate in. Overall, this new format supports 24 teams across Europe.

ESG Tour Mykonos starts

Day one of ESG Tour Mykonos is underway and SK Gaming is set to take on Gambit Gaming in the group stage at the time of publication. VP has made it through to the bracket stage, while EnVyUs and BIG are in an elimination bout against one another. Meanwhile, PGL Major Krakow winners Gambit posted a stellar 16-7 scoreline to knock Heroic into the elimination matches. Looks like losing Zeus is a blip on their radar so far.

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a news editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.