We have a joke in Latin America about how military dictatorships and other hardships put us behind the times, but if I informed it to you I ‘d be shot. The truth is, though, that we’re slowly capturing up with the rest of the world. Gaming, as with a lot of imaginative endeavors, is an area in which we remain in specific downside. Individuals tend to focus on food and shelter before purchasing a gaming PC. Therefore, it was with great pleasure that, in 2019, we commemorated the inauguration of eSports Arena Borregos. It was Latin America’s very first eSports venue. Let me tell you why it’s a fantastic initial step, however likewise an indication of how much there is still to go.

A joint effort between el Tecnológico de Monterrey and Dell Computers, eSports Arena Borregos is a 150 sq. mts. (just over 1,600 sq. ft.) technological palace. It includes the most recent and biggest in video gaming rigs (thanks to the partnership with Alienware), for up to 10 gaming pros.

It’s a wonderful very first step, as a collaboration between a worldwide brand name like Dell and a world-renowned university like the Tecnológico de Monterrey sets the scene for future such partnerships. With a financial investment of over US$ 80.000, it’s a substantial bet toward the future of the eSports market in Latin America. Nevertheless, we should also put this in context.

US$ 10 million. That’s just how much eSports Stadium Arlington is costing. Over 100.000 square feet in all, intended at being the biggest and most flexible eSports stadium in the United States. Definitely a bit larger than eSports Arena Borregos.

Even if you discard this soon-to-be-finished leviathan, the Allied eSports Arena in Las Vegas is home to 30.000 sq. ft. of gaming gear. To top it off, it’s located at the Luxor Resort and Gambling Establishment. So, yes, it has finally occurred: the Sphinx is a gamer.

You ‘d be forgiven to believe that eSports Arena Borregos is serving a specific niche audience. But if our Hispanics in Games series has actually taught us anything, is that there is an impassioned desire from Hispanic gamers to be part of the larger gaming world. In the previous couple of years, a growing number of organizations have actually taken it upon themselves to develop areas for players to compete.

League of Legends has the Latin American League. Pro Play eSports (based in Mexico) sees huge prospective particularly in competitive mobile gaming. And it’s not just the new guys. TELEVISION Azteca, one of the biggest brands in Mexican television, is planning a channel focused on 24-hour eSports programming.

Brazil’s 20 million eSports fans put the greatest nation in Latin America near the leading spots in terms of audience and viewership. Argentina Video Game Show and SP Video Gaming Competition in Chile are enormous events that grow and larger every year.

The level of competitiveness is still dragging a bit when compared to more developed regions, however we’re catching up at warp speed.

eSports Arena Borregos might have been the first bespoke venue for competitive gaming in Latin America, but I foresee that it will be far from the last.