Disney Looking to Host eSports
The Disney Corporation could get into the eSports business utilizing a major venue at its Orlando leisure complex, Forbes magazine reports.
The contests would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which spans 220 acres and has facilities for hosting over 70 types of sports. The 20-year-old facility is used to host youth events.
Disney officials said they often look for new events and have seriously been considering eSports contests, which are based on competitive video game playing.
“We are trying to keep up with what sports are breaking and how we can be involved in them,” Faron Kelley, vice president of sports at Disney World told the magazine. “eSports is a big one we are looking at and are very excited about it.” It has an ideal home.
The Orlando facility is scheduled to open a new 8,000-seat, multi-purpose indoor stadium. The stadium was designed to accommodate cheerleading and dance events, but could handle many other types of events as well.
“It is exciting because it isn’t just cheer, it’s basketball, it’s volleyball, it’s eSports with gaming. We are absolutely looking at eSports and it’s a wonderful venue for that,” Kelley told Forbes.