There are casinos all over the country today and you can pretty much gamble in every state. Las Vegas is always trying to stay ahead of the curve to keep visitors returning. There are always new shows, restaurants, attractions, and other forms of entertainment that you can’t find in every casino around the country.
 
Some of the venues and attractions are targeted to different visitors. In general, the person that see Tony Bennet at Wynn is probably not the same as the person riding the Slotzilla zipline at the Fremont Street Experience. Part of what makes Las Vegas great is that the city and casinos have something for everyone.
 
 
Last year Downtown Grand introduced esports to casinos with competitions and even wagering on a few events. Next year esports will be introduced to visitors on the Vegas Strip. There will be esports competitions in two different casinos starting early 2018.
 
While I find the concept of esports interesting, not everyone is even aware that this exists. In brief, esports are essentially video game competitions. There are different levels and types of competitions but this is the basic premise. Esports is a multi-billion dollar industry around the world. I grew up watching and playing baseball but someone who is 25-30 may have grown up watching and playing video games. It’s not the same thing but the idea is not all that different.
 
You can find esports competitions in all shapes and sizes in Las Vegas and around the world. There are many small competitions with under 100 competitors that play for cash and prizes. There are also large professional tournaments that take place in arenas and stadiums that seat anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 people who simply watch the events.
 

 
Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor
MGM Resorts International and Allied Esports have partnered to bring the first esports arena to the Vegas Strip. The esports playground is currently under construction at Luxor and should be open in early 2018.
 
This will be a multi-level arena that has a competition stage, LED video wall, telescopic seating for guests, daily gaming stations, and state-of-the-art streaming and television-quality production studios. When complete the arena will provide a full-fledged championship level destination for tournaments, leagues, and high stakes match-ups.
 
MGM Resorts recently announced a partnership with famed chef José Andrés’ for the esports arena. His company, ThinkFoodEntertainment, will create an esports-inspired food and beverage program. The creative chef has unique restaurants like Jaleo Las Vegas, é, China Poblano and Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. It will be interesting to see what he creates for esports fans.
 
Unikrn esports events at MGM Grand
Unikrn is one of the world’s leading esports brands. They recently announced a partnership with MGM Resorts International. They will bring live competitive gaming and esports tournaments to the Level Up lounge at MGM Grand.
 
The tournaments at Level Up will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. beginning in early 2018. Each tournament will offer competitors prizes including cash and UnikoinGold tokens. Other prizes will include exclusive experiences at select MGM Resorts properties.
 
The Level Up lounge at MGM Grand is a new twist on a casino bar. The bar and lounge has been offering skill-based games, virtual reality, electronic gaming tables, and traditional bar games. The lounge setting allows a more intimate setting inside of the massive MGM Grand casino.
 
Keep up with Luxor and MGM Grand on Facebook to see new announcements.  

Marc

Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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