Plans for a 4,000 capacity esports arena at Dundee Waterfront

Dundee City Council has entered into an exclusivity agreement with a company that plans to bring a 4,000 capacity esports arena to the Waterfront.

Esports is sports competitions using computer games, with teams often competing for multi-million pound prize pots in the rapidly growing sport.

Northern Lights Arena Europe Limited (NLAE) plans to build an arena that will host sporting events as well as an esports academy, retail, accommodation and working spaces.

The company has secured an 18-month exclusivity agreement with the local authority to develop plans for sites 10 and 11 on the Waterfront plan, to the east of Slessor Gardens.

This will allow the firm to progress initial design concepts and gain strategic advice and expertise.

The company has entered into agreements with Abertay University and Dundee and Angus College to provide facilities to students on esports related courses.

Northern Lights said the arena could provide educational, economic, entertainment and employment opportunities for Dundee.

Chief executive Chris Turner said: “We are delighted to be able to announce Dundee as the first of several multi-million-pound projects that the NLAE team is working on.

“We have been impressed with the forward-looking approach of Dundee City Council and their ambition to have a world class public space at the heart of Dundee.

“NLAE is working with global technology partners, including Amazon Web Services, to provide unparalleled facilities and experiences.

“NLAE is working with Vital Energi to develop and deliver a low carbon energy solution for all NLAE projects and other local customers in Dundee City Centre.”

NLAE is working with Abertay University and Dundee and Angus College to maximise the educational benefits of this project.

Abertay intends to develop a new range of degree courses related to the global esports job market, with students gaining access to bespoke facilities within the arena complex.

Professor Gregor White, dean of Abertay University’s School of Design and Informatics, said: “We are delighted to be involved in bringing forward this exciting partnership-led development for Dundee, which has the potential to make a significant contribution to the future development of Scotland’s digital economy.

“Abertay has an international reputation for excellence in the video games sector and is ideally placed to lead the educational delivery aspects of this project, with a view to opening up a new graduate talent pipeline to the esports industry, which is worth more than $1 billion globally each year.”

Cutting edge facilities and technical infrastructure for the arena and academic campus will be designed with Nottingham Trent University’s Creative Technology faculty, Confetti.

Technology partners including Amazon Web Services, and low-carbon energy provider Vital Energi.

Dundee City Council leader John Alexander…

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