Primarily driven by Blizzard's new Overwatch Leagues, the development studio has acquired and built a space in the famous Burbank Studios. That said, it'll also act as the hosting location for Blizzard's other esports titles as well. That includes this weekend's upcoming HCT Summer Championships. We'll be there later this week, but had a chance to check out the venue on Friday and were very impressed with what we saw.
The first thing you'll see when walking in the door is a two-story lobby. The Blizzard Arena sign hangs over the Blizzard swag store which was populated with lots of Overwatch figurines, shirts, and plushies. To the left (not pictured) a staircase leads to the upper floor. Along the wall, you'll see all of the current world champions including Czech Republic from the Hearthstone Global Games and Pavel as the current world champion of Hearthstone.
At the top of the stairs you'll walk into a hallway with doors on either side into the Arena. This is the Hall of Champions where previous champions are immortalized. You'll find Hearthstone, Overwatch, and Heroes of the Dorm trophies here with artwork from each championship lining the walls.
While most of you will just go down into the Arena at this point, there's a door to the left that leads to another section of the building. It contains a bunch of Blizzard offices, press rooms, interview rooms, and even changing rooms for the players. The most interesting, however, are two special guest lounges that come complete with proper seating and mini-fridges.
Each of these has a window that overlooks the stage. You can see the view from these over on Wowhead as they've rounded up all of our pictures from the night.
Walking into the 450 seat Blizzard Arena, this is what you'll see. Three large screens hang overhead. The center is primarily for those sitting high up with the lower two for those sitting on the sides. The caster desk is to the immediate left of the stands. Sitting in a low seat on the left offers a good view of the stage, screen, and casters if that's something you're interested in. We tried sitting in multiple locations and there doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the house which is great news for fans.
If you're looking for something to eat or drink during your visit, the concessions area is located right under the stairs. From the image above, just head down the hallway on the left and it's to your right. It's stocked with drinks, snacks, and more.
We also got a sneak peek as to what's contained behind the stage. Blizzard controls the entire stream from here and we have to say, it's a pretty impressive setup.
The Blizzard Arena will be hosting plenty of events in the coming months. The good news? There's plenty of available parking including a decent amount of free parking on the street if you don't mind walking a block or so.
Again, we'll be back in Burbank this weekend to cover the HCT Summer Championship. We hope to see some of you there!