Fortress Melbourne, destined to become the largest eSports complex in the southern hemisphere, will not just become a refuge for the hardcore gamer, it will also cater to casual gamers and after-work crowds.
The Populous-designed, 29,000-sf venue will have a 1,000-person capacity and include 160 gaming PCs, console gaming suits, a restaurant, two bars, and a 200-seat esports arena spread across two floors. Fortress Melbourne is being designed as a celebration of gaming and will feature retro arcade games, the latest LAN games, and virtual reality.
“The venue is designed to create an engaging experience for devoted esports fans and casual gamers alike, bringing everyone together in the one space,”” said Brayden Goodwin, Architect and Project lead, Populous. “The vibe is similar to a traditional bar or club.”
AV technology, digital screens, and LED lighting enhance the space and can be adapted to fit a specific game or event. The goal is to create a sensory experience so guests can immerse themselves in the games. Located in Melbourne’s Emporium precinct, Fortress Melbourne is slated to open in 2020.