Luxor Las Vegas Reopens Esports Arena
Luxor Hotel Las Vegas re-opened its HyperX Esports Arena (l.) for game competition. The hotel took considerable steps to make the game area is safe and clean, with players and others practicing social distancing, using hand sanitizer and requiring gloves.
The HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor re-opened June 25, along with safety precautions for the kids and non-kids who compete.
“There were certain things that MGM required and certain things that the state required, but we wanted to make sure the players were comfortable coming back,” Vice President of Properties for Allied Esports Mark Green said.
The Luxor put in the usual prerequisites: six feet between gaming stations; masks; hand sanitizer and gloves for players; and hourly disinfecting of all common spaces, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Players will also have their temperature checked, Green said. Those playing hourly will be escorted to a gaming station. An attendant will wipe down the station before the player sits.
“Esports has taken off since the quarantine. People are playing more; parents are playing more with their kids. We’re excited to have the opportunity to serve the community again in person,” Green said.
The schedule begins with limited tournaments on Wednesdays (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), Fridays (Fortnite) and Saturdays (Mario Kart 8). The arena will also continue to offer online tournaments, which it started while the arena was shutdown.
“We realized we should have been doing online events from day one,” Green said. “Now, we can synergize our online events and our in-arena events. We’ve taken so many precautions, and we’ve worked hard to make sure everyone feels safe.”