Leading sports and esports investment and advisory firm, Guinevere Capital, is pleased to open the doors to the Spark Esports Hub in partnership with Spark, Logitech G, and Eden Park, the newest in its series of Esports High Performance Centres around the world. Eden Park, New Zealand’s largest stadium and the home of sport in the country is set to become the centre of esports development with the addition of the facility, designed to act as a hub for the Oceanic esports community, and a cutting-edge training centre for esports talent.
The Spark Esports Hub is fully equipped with dedicated training rooms, broadcast capabilities, a 5G mobile gaming area powered by Spark, and a venue to host major esports events. Logitech G is providing all of the precision audio and streaming accessories, a full suite of its Pro gaming peripherals and G923 racing simulators for a truly multi-disciplinary esports space. The facility will give the best teams in ANZ, including the iconic Dire Wolves, professional practice spaces, equipped with top of the line gear for a world leading experience.
Alongside providing the ultimate environment for the development of professional players, the Eden Park Esports High Performance Centre will act as a community hub for gaming, hosting weekly leagues for developing players. The Spark Esports Hub is not only going to provide gamers with a place to develop their PC gaming skills, but also the chance to immerse themselves in the future of mobile gaming, providing access to 5G compatible phones with clip-on mobile controllers.
Guinevere Capital brings together the traditional sports and esports worlds both from a performance and commercialisation standpoint, and aims to develop local esports ecosystems spanning Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The Spark Esports Hub is the newest in a series of global esports facilities the firm has played a part in launching, including in the iconic Twickenham Stadium in the UK, and the Esports High Performance Centre in Australia’s historic Sydney Cricket Ground.
Eden Park holds 117 years of history and is one of Oceania’s most celebrated cultural landmarks. The first stadium in the world to host two Rugby World Cup Finals, the Park is considered the home of New Zealand’s iconic national rugby team, the All Blacks, where they remain unbeaten in over 40 test matches stretching back to the 1990s. The instalment of the Spark Esports Hub represents the growing significance of esports in New Zealand, and the impact the new industry will have on the region’s future.
“Following a challenging year globally, we’re delighted to finally be able to open the doors to the Spark Esports Hub, as well as reopen our facility in the Sydney Cricket Ground,” said David Harris, Managing Director of Guinevere Capital. “Our performance centres are grounded in furthering our esports science and training philosophies, whilst strengthening local communities. Seeing two industry leaders in Spark and Logitech G committing to the project in such a big way speaks to the value of esports in the region, and it’s incredibly bright future.”
General Manager of Logitech New Zealand, Fabien Degueldre says that Logitech is committed to the development of esports and gaming across the globe.
“To be part of a space right here in New Zealand that will power some of the nation’s best esports athletes, as well as find emerging talent is really exciting.
“We’ve kitted out the hub with the Logitech G Pro range, peripherals that are designed with and for the world’s leading esports players, to give Kiwi teams the edge as they train to compete on the world stage,” says Fabien.
“The Spark Esports Hub is going to play a pivotal role in the development of ANZ esports, acting as a training facility for teams like Dire Wolves, whilst offering a central hub for esports and gaming fans to exchange ideas and compete. The iconic Eden Park venue also attracts the attention of new audiences, and puts New Zealand on the map as a global esports destination.” Said Jason Spiller, Owner of Dire Wolves and architect of the Spark Esports Hub.
“We already provide Kiwis with some of the best experiences New Zealand has to offer through our exclusive partnerships with Spark Arena, Netflix and Spotify to name a few. The launch of Spark’s esport Hub is a natural extension to our strategy, with two thirds of New Zealanders engaging in some form of interactive digital entertainment such as mobile and PC gaming.” Said Spark’s Marketing Director Matt Bain.
The Spark Esports Hub is located at Entry A, Walters Road Eden Park and is a free, bookable space for any kind of gamer nationwide. Bookings can be made from May at esportshpc.com.
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