Poker Central, the online destination for all things Poker, and competitive gaming content creation company ESP Gaming have unveiled a new 10,000+ square-foot studio built from the ground up at ARIA Resort & Casino. Owned and operated by Poker Central, the studio will be the exclusive home for all Poker Central-owned live events distributed on its over-the-top subscription service, PokerGO.
The new space has an occupancy of up to 300 people, including space for 120 fans and event spectators. The venue also features multiple sound stages including a main studio, break desk area and a streaming lounge
“With demand for our esports production services continuing to grow, we needed a home to host more tournaments and competitions at broadcast-quality levels so we could continue to deliver best-in-class esports content to audiences worldwide,” Jeff Liboon, president of ESP Gaming. “This partnership with Poker Central gives us the ability to bring the best in live esports to new fans and create a preeminent location for developers to elevate their leading titles from game to sport.”
In addition to its ongoing partnership with ARIA, fellow Poker Central portfolio company ESP Gaming will use the space to host its own live esports event productions including the Vainglory Premier League, the world’s No. 1 international mobile esports league created by Super Evil Megacorp.
“Nearly a year ago we set out to create a digital-first poker network that would showcase some of the world’s best tournaments and lifestyle content – both on and off the felt,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer of Poker Central. “While this studio marks the fulfillment of that goal, it also doubles as a promise to our loyal viewers – to continually expand our programming slate, offer even more tournaments at all levels and get fans even closer to the mind sport they love.”
PokerGo, which launched in May of 2017, is home to several original titles including “Stories from the Felt,” “Major Wager” and “Poker Nights.” The company has also partnered with Academy Award-winning Believe Entertainment to produce “Super High Roller Club,” a new six-episode lifestyle series.