Full Sail University opened the ‘The Fortress’ on Sunday afternoon, the home of the largest on-campus esports venue in the nation.
The 6-million-dollar facility is catching the attention of just about everyone both in the media-production world as well as fellow gamers too.
Leading the way on this project is Vince Lepore, Director, Event Technical Operations at Full Sail. Lapore recently told Sports Video Group that Full Sail is already intertwined in gaming and production, so it makes for a natural fit. “I think Full Sail is uniquely positioned to be a leader in esports. We are already a leader in a lot of the elements that go into esports production, so it just seemed like a natural fit for us,” says Lapore in an article posted on May 15th.
Collegiate esports is the new phenomenon and central Florida is making itself known as the hub for gaming. Orlando was named the second-best city for gaming, according to wallethub.com. Combine that with Full Sail’s nationwide credibility in producing event production and game design graduates, there is reason to believe Full Sail will be a major player in competitive gaming for years to come. From this, will create a new avenue and industry for job seekers who seek an alternative to mainstream sports.
Competitive video gaming isn’t anything new, however, the broadcasting and streaming is still in its infancy. The announcers, known as casters, breathe life to the event for people to watch. For Full Sail, ‘The Fortress’ is just about gaming as it is as production and casting. “We’ve got some flexibility with the caster desk, and it’s going to be an interesting element for us,” says Lepore. “We put a lot of energy into both the [in-venue] experience [and] the experience streaming out on the internet. We do have plans to stream as many events as possible,” say Lepore.
You can watch Full Sail Armada, their esports team on their twitch channel at https://www.twitch.tv/fullsailarmada.
Full Sail has a deep reputation in educating future leaders in all thing’s media, so it is no surprise to see that they have stepped forward in collegiate gaming. With the in-game venue experience vital to attracting fans to attending events, Full Sail sets the tone of what this new landscape will be.