The new Santiago Bernabéu stadium will have an indoor and outdoor area for eSports. The masterpiece is currently under construction and is expected to finish in 2023. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez and Manuela Carmena to announce plans about what is to come. The Santiago Bernabéu joins the world of technology and in the words of Florentino: They hope it is the new stadium for the future.
Expanding the Santiago Bernabéu with new views and reforms
One of the generators of powerful income in the city is the club, which, as we already know, has a positive impact on the economy. For this reason, the club aims to expand the stadium to make room for eSports. In the beginning, the demolition of the shopping center “La Esquina del Bernabéu” will be carried out and later work will continue on the streets Concha Espina, La Castellana, and Rafael Salgado, which will be pedestrianized.
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Therefore, it is intended to make an extension of the localities in which the two towers will be removed to place the supports of the new roof. As we see, Spain is beginning to bet heavily on electronic sports and the videogame industry. Every time the gaming world is growing more and more, companies are betting on sponsoring teams and creating tournaments. So, this decision to create a stadium for eSports will expand enough frontiers for the industry.
Finally, this stadium will open the window of new jobs and careers. Take the example of Korea. Korea is one of the countries that use the gaming methodology as learning and way of earning a living. We can imagine future broadcasts of eSports through TV or the internet in which the strongest teams in the world will face in Madrid.
Domino’s & Drake invest in eSports
The Spanish capital has big ideas in store for eSports. This surely is the start of something special in Spain. Only time will tell what the eSports industry is capable of in Madrid. A couple of days ago, Domino’s announced its official sponsorship of eSports University. While Drake invested over $3 million in an American organization, 100 Thieves. Drake joins Straus Zelnick (Take-Two Interactive), (Marissa Mayer, former President and CEO of Yahoo) as well as Comcast, Macro Ventures, Canaan, RRE and Courtside with the intention to turn around the current panorama in the way of enjoying video games.
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The company has been in business for five years and although its beginnings were totally different, it has enough roots in traditional eSports title like FIFA 19, NBA 2K19 and Madden 19, without leaving behind Fortnite, Apex Legends or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Drake also invested in the Players Lounge that focuses on creating large tournaments with rewards. An online challenge in which, for example, 500 users can enter the same tournament with a small bit of one or two dollars. The winner takes the total benefit except for a percentage of 10% for the company.