The Busan Esports Arena officially opened in Seomyeon, the commercial center in Busan, South Korea, on Wednesday. The venue was officially announced in March 2019 by Busan Metropolitan City in cooperation with South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Creative Content Agency.
The esports arena in Busan, on the 15th and 16th floors of Samjung Tower, is the first dedicated esports arena outside the capital area. This is the first of the three esports arenas supported by the Ministry of Culture to open following the government decision to promote esports outside of Seoul in 2018.
The other two arenas under construction, located in Daejeon and Gwangju, are expected to open early next year.
“Busan is the city that made G-Star into a global game exhibition, and Busan is an indie game mecca where developers can work in a good environment. It is also a leading esports city, hosting 100,000 audiences in Gwangalli Beach,” said Byun Seong-wan, the acting Busan mayor.
The arena consists of a main arena, two sub-arenas and facilities for players, staff and viewers. The main arena, which has a total of 330 seats, is equipped with 30 sports bar-type pub seats and eight premium VIP suite box seats for enhanced viewing experience.