The city of Perth, Western Australia, is set to have its very own esports stadium as part of an AUD 1,5 billion revamp of the city’s university precinct by the state government.
Murdoch University has secured AUD 360 million in funding to build a new vertical campus that will include the city’s first Digital Futures Academy and an esports hub, including a stadium fit for competitive tournaments.
Perth-based esports organisation Pentanet.GG has been engaged with Murdoch University throughout the process, as both entities look to diversify Western Australia’s economy, growing the local esports scene and establish Perth as a centre for esports and gaming.
The new Digital Futures Academy and esports hub, which is being developed in partnership with Cisco, will include links to other hubs in Singapore and East Asia.
According to a release, Murdoch University’s vertical campus plans have been years in the making and are now well advanced. The facility will be equipped to host high-profile gaming competitions, positioning Perth as a leading esports hub for gaming and related academic activity.