It's game on at Luxor's HyperX Esports Arena

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HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor in Las Vegas is welcoming gamers, with Covid safeguards in place.
HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor in Las Vegas is welcoming gamers, with Covid safeguards in place. Photo Credit: Allied Esports

Those who have honed their skills in video games during months of isolation at home will find opportunities to compete at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor.

Allied Esports' flagship venue, which reopened with a modified schedule for daily play and weekly tournaments in June, hosts players facing off against each other or in teams.

"Since our reopening, we have seen an incredible turnout for our live events, even under social distancing guidelines," said Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports.

The gaming community was eager to get back on stage and play under the spotlight, Hannigan says, and he sees the players' surging enthusiasm during every competition.

"The vibe is awesome and maybe even better than before the pandemic set in," Hannigan said. "We spent the time away working on ways to make the experience better, from lighting to the in-arena production, and it has really paid off."

Walk-up video game play on PCs and consoles in the lobby is available for guests of all skill levels from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Prices begin at $15 an hour.

Jud Hannigan
Jud Hannigan

The main arena welcomes competitive gamers three times a week: Wednesday Whiffs (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), Friday Frags (Fortnite) and Saturday Night Speedway (Mario Kart 8). Tournaments, which feature prize pools, are capped at the maximum number of players allowed by physical-distancing guidelines.

"Our goal is to provide gamers with an exceptional experience -- onstage, under the bright lights, in front of a crowd that they can't find anywhere else," Hannigan said.

All gaming stations are six feet apart. Masks, hand sanitizer and gloves are available for guests. The venue has implemented stricter cleaning and health-safety protocols, including disinfecting of gaming stations, peripherals and other equipment before and after every use; hourly disinfecting of common spaces; and clearly marked floor icons for queuing.

"Our customers have been impressed with the steps we continue to take to keep them safe, and we're proud that we've been back open, in a socially distant manner,  for over two months without incident," Hannigan said.

HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, which opened as the first dedicated esports arena on the Strip in 2018, includes a multilevel 30,000-square-foot venue with a 50-foot LED video wall and main stage, a network TV-quality production studio and a classic gaming exhibition. It hosted more than 320 events, 11,000 competitors and more than 300,000 guests overall in 2019.

The demographic of customers varies depending on the tournament games, Hannigan says. "Fortnite" skews younger, while games such as "Call of Duty" drive an older audience.

Young players come in with their families to play in the Friday and Saturday events, Hannigan says, while 20-, 30- and 40-year-old customers come in with their friends to play in tournaments or use one of the VIP rooms for a more private experience.

For additional information, visit hyperxesalv.com.

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