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Volume 25 No. 210
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Major League Gaming Opening Columbus Arena This Weekend, Its First Outside N.Y.

The opening tournament at Major League Gaming’s new Columbus arena is this weekend, making the city the "first location to have a dedicated video-game tournament space" outside of the 12-year-old company’s N.Y. studios, according to Tim Feran of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. While the arena "is more of a grandly equipped TV studio than a conventional arena," it is "the new flagship for MLG." At 14,000 square feet -- "slightly larger than the typical CVS store" -- the new MLG.tv Columbus Arena "is big enough to hold 200 fans in bleacher-style seats." The building also "holds a small gift shop and a large studio set that includes two soundproof booths for competing teams of gamers, two large video screens to show the action, and above it all, a commentator booth." MLG "often holds events in much larger spaces," but it "lacked a dedicated space for smaller events and chose Columbus in which to build one." MLG is "building a third venue -- in China" -- because of its "growing audience in Asia." The 15,000-seat arena in China is "set to open" in '17 on Hengqin Island, off the coast of Macau (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 10/24).