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Arlington will build the larget eSports arena in North America

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Imagine a state of the art esports stadium right in the heart of Arlington’s entertainment district and only a few miles away from one of the busiest international airports in the world …
Well, according to Arlington, Texas’ official government website, the City recently announced plans to build the largest esports arena in North America. The proposed space would be 100,000 square feet would not only be the biggest in the USA, but also the most flexible [due to its size].

Arlington Mayor, Jeff Williams stated, “Esports Stadium Arlington will further cement our city’s status as a national and international tourist destination. Players and fans will come here for the tournaments and they’ll stay even longer to experience everything Arlington has to offer.”

This makes sense with the growing popularity of esports in North America. Arlington is already home to the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, the Texas Rangers and Globe Life Park, and the Dallas Wings who play at College Park Center at the University of Texas in Arlington. Repurposing and remodeling the Arlington Convention Center to convert it into an Esports stadium really would put the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and Arlington in particular at the forefront of American Esports and would make Arlington a one-stop-shop of sorts for professional sports in general.

The Global esports market is already valued near a half-a-billion dollars and is expected to reach $1.5 Billion by 2020. It’s no wonder that the city of Arlington is diving into a joint venture with NGAGE, Esports Venues, and Populous Architecture.

Populous has a massive global resume so we can expect the redesign of the Arlington Convention Center to be top of the line. They designed the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and handled the redesign of Kyle Field for Texas A&M Football. In England, they are the minds behind The Market Place, the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, the Kia Oval in London, and The New Warner Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground. They also designed the Saskatchewan Roughriders training facilities for the Canadian Football League team and the groundbreaking Philippine Arena in Manila … and this is just to name a few.

NGAGE Esports is a heavy hitter in entertainment marketing and esports event marketing. Most recently they’ve partnered with OpTic Gaming and A-kon to bring the OpTic Arena Batt Royal at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Yes, you read that right … that is just down the road from Arlington.

ESports Venue, LLC has come to an agreement with the city and is sitting pretty with a 10-year lease with an option on another 10.

Given the space involved and the teams at play, Populous, NGAGE, and Esports Venue, we’re chomping at the bit to attend some of the worlds biggest tournaments in a brand new state-of-the-art facility in North Texas.

We shouldn’t have to wait long. It looks like the opening is scheduled for this coming fall!

Esports is growing up fast and we could see more dedicated arenas and stadiums soon. With Kings Guard hiring UFC legend, Urijah Faber as Director of Mental Performance and Human Optimization, Las Vegas sportsbooks and big online sites like 5Dimes putting betting lines out on matches and tournaments, non-gamers are starting to take an interest in the competitions and we can only expect the popularity of esports to grow at an exponential rate. Esports execs are branching out to target new audiences and sportsbettors around the world are plentiful … let’s see how high this kite can fly!

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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The manager of Italy’s Euro 2024 team has clarified that his squad is not prohibited from playing the PS5

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In a development that is likely to delight console manufacturer Sony, the Italian national team seems to be caught up in a scandal involving PlayStation. Manager Luciano Spalletti has previously expressed his concerns about his players staying up late playing video games on their PS5s. This led to speculation that he may have implemented a ban on the gaming system during his squad’s Euro 2024 camp. However, when speaking to the media before the team’s upcoming match against Albania on Saturday, he made it clear that he is fine with his players relaxing with video games, as long as they don’t stay up too late playing.

“I have no qualms about any genre of games – we’ve set up a gaming room with two PlayStations,” he stated. It seems to be quite popular, and I’ve even tried it out myself. However, they have the ability to do so at the appropriate time of day. It is quite concerning that they are awake until such late hours of the night. It is important to prioritize a healthy sleep schedule. We must emphasize the importance of adopting a proper lifestyle while playing games. I never claimed that we couldn’t play PlayStation, which is both unfair and untrue. I mentioned that staying up until 3AM or 4AM is not something we can do – it’s a distinct situation.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, echoing his coach’s sentiments, revealed that the entire team finds pleasure in playing PS5, but only when it’s fitting. “After dinner, we spend time together in the games room, where we let loose and unwind. This has fostered a strong sense of camaraderie among us,” he observed. We share a few laughs and enjoy each other’s company for a couple of hours. There are absolutely no problems in that regard, the m

Italy’s disciplined gaming time seems to have paid off as they emerged victorious with a 2-1 win against Albania in their opener on Saturday. This impressive performance puts them joint-top of Group B after just one game. They will have to bring their A-game for their upcoming match, as they are set to take on Spain, their fierce rivals, in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday.

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