As esports continues to grow, more and more public venues are popping up around the UK for competitive gaming fans to gather and take part. Today, Red Bull has launched the Gaming Sphere in London, a new publicly accessible esports venue, for events and other activities.
As you would expect from a gaming venue, the place is packed with high-end gaming gear. This includes a bunch of dedicated Asus ROG PC gaming stations, kitted out with high refresh rate Asus ROG Swift monitors and finished off with a full suite of gaming seats courtesy of noblechairs, so attendees will be more than comfortable. I reviewed the original NobleChair Epic a couple of years back, so from experience, I can say that the quality level is high. Clearly, Red Bull has spared no expense setting this venue up, as you can see in the gallery below:
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Aside from holding tournaments and community events, the Red Bull Gaming Sphere will also act as a casual space for friends to meet up and play games together. The space is built to be multipurpose, so desks and systems can be rearranged to suit whatever is going on at the time. PC gaming is a big focus, but there will also be consoles and TVs set up for various fighting game tournaments, and perhaps a few other games. There is also a full racing simulator set up with a HTC VIVE.
Red Bull plans on having esports guests appear at the venue from time to time, so you'll have the opportunity to test yourself out against pro players. There will also be an in-house leaderboard to keep things competitive for visitors.
The Gaming Sphere in Shoreditch, London, is actually the second to be built. Red Bull found success with its original Gaming Sphere location in Tokyo, Japan, which opened in February.
KitGuru Says: The Gaming Sphere looks like a pretty cool space for gamers to gather and compete, though you'll need to be local to London to get the most use out of it. Big events like Insomnia are popular in the UK, so I can see smaller and easily accessible venues like this taking off in some form. What do you guys think of the Red Bull Gaming Sphere? Are venues like this the sort of thing you'd be interested in?