The massive supermarket chain Walmart is bringing esports to a wide range of players by teaming up with the first dedicated esports facility in North America, Esports Arena. To accomplish this, they’ll be opening official esports facilities in more than 10 locations across the States. You can check here to see if you’re close to one of the locations.
What this entails: Esports Arena is launching a first-of-its-kind, semi-professional league that will offer compensation to 40 competitors. The league is called “Series E” and will begin in Mary 2020. Qualifiers commence February 6 through March 27 in select locations, whereas player draft day is April 18, which marks the beginning of weekly league play. These events will be streamed on both Twitch and Mixer.
The events that will take place: Each day of the week features a different game that competitors will play. The current lineup is for Monday through Friday and includes:
- Monday: League of Legends
- Tuesday: Overwatch and Call of Duty
- Wednesday: Street Fighter V
- Thursday: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Friday: Fortnite
Hopefully this is just the start of a massive partnership. There’s a Walmart nearly everywhere, so we’d love to see this become available in every city.