It is no secret that Blizzard wants in on the eSports scene, and to a certain extent games like StarCraft and StarCraft 2 have been played competitively in countries around the world. However it looks like the company has decided to setup shop in Taipei, Taiwan where they are launching a permanent eSports stadium venue.
Dubbed the Blizzard eStadium, it will be able to seat as many as 250 fans at once, according to a report from Engadget China (via Engadget). It will be used to host local matches and international tournaments for the Asia-Pacific region, with the first game christening the venue being Overwatch in the form of the Overwatch Pacific Championship.
This will see 8 teams from Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and Thailand face off against each other over the course of 11 weeks, with the top 3 teams advancing to the playoffs and competing at this year’s Overwatch World Cup. It is expected that the venue will also eventually play host to other competitive Blizzard games such as Hearthstone and StarCraft 2.
Like we said Blizzard’s interest in the eSports scene isn’t new and for the past few years, the company has used BlizzCon and some of its floorspace to host competitions, but with the Blizzard eStadium, they are definitely taking things to the next level.