Istanbul recently celebrated the official opening of the brand-new ininal Esports Arena, sponsored by ininal, which is one of the largest esports venues in Europe and the Middle East.
Esports is a form of sport competition using video games, which takes place during organised, multiplayer video game competitions.
Spanning 3,800km2 and equipped to host 1,600 people, ininal Esports Arena is expected to gather players, game companies, publishers, social media influencers and brands under one roof. It will become a platform for players and content creators to watch and participate in tournaments.
The new area boasts a 70m2, 4K LED screen, a broadcast room and studios, team and referee rooms, a VIP lounge, seminar and meeting rooms, and dedicated areas for publishers and social media influencers.
It also comprises of a huge gaming centre with 80 gaming computers and 850m2 of experience areas.
During his opening speech, founding president, Turkey Esports Federation (TESFED), Alper Afşin Özdemir declared: “A few years ago, we were dealing with questions such as ‘what is esports?’, ‘is it considered as a sport?’ or ‘does it have a future?’. Now, in our country, we see that such esports-specific centres are opening and brands like ininal are sponsoring these facilities. We are happy to open such a facility with the attendance of a large crowd and the media. I hope the young generation attending event in this facility here will carry our flag with pride in the world.”
Also commenting was CEO, ininal, Ömer Suner: “As a result of months of efforts, we are happy to share with you the excitement of opening our arena today. Giving our name, ininal, to Turkey’s, Europe’s and the Middle East’s largest esports arena makes us extremely proud. ininal, since its establishment, has been the most admired and used payment method by the players in Turkey.”
He continued: “In the arena, ininal will gather esports and games with its players. During the tournaments and events in the ininal Esports Arena, we will bring our users and followers together with esport stars. We are aiming to raise worldwide esports stars from this venue. Besides esports enthusiasts visiting the arena, we expect to reach more than two million gamers every year via Twitch and YouTube broadcasts.”