“Arena of Valor” is the world’s top grossing video game, played in 100 countries, and it was the centerpiece for a first-of-its kind world class competition in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theatre’s IMAX theatre, lavishly converted over a week’s time into an Esports Arena.
Over 10 million people across the globe play “Arena of Valor” every day. It’s the world’s highest grossing game and most popular free app. Competitors at this past weekend’s TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® event were chasing $550,000 in prize money and gamers the world over followed the competition’s live stream on Twitch.tv/ArenaofValor, YouTube.com/ArenaofValor, and Facebook.com/ArenaofValor. The Korean team won the competition’s World Cup Prize.
Keeping up with the changing face of entertainment and technology, the TCL Chinese Theatres launched into esports last year with the formation of its subsidiary company, Hollywood Esports, and recently unveiled its own, permanent esports venue at the TCL Chinese 6 complex. According to Robert K. Laity, CEO of Hollywood Esports, “competitive video gaming has emerged as such an important form of entertainment and is attracting a large audience of enthusiastic fans and to spectate and cheer for their favorite teams and players. We are pleased to be part of this community and serve as a host to such an important international tournament.”
The newly-configured TCL Chinese 6 theater—FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HOLLYWOOD—functions both as an MX4D® MotionEFX movie theatre, as well as serve as the first immersive spectator theater, hosting competitive esports tournaments. The venue was built by MediaMation, Inc.