The next major installment in esports entertainment facilities is coming to Berlin, and it's called LVL.
VERITAS Entertainment has announced today that they will be building a new state of the art esports and gaming entertainment venue that is designed with gamers in mind and competition at the heart. This new venue includes its own full production studio, a noise-canceling dome to improve live event quality, and VR experiences that can only be experienced at LVL. The two-floor esports center looks to bring gamers of every level together for an inclusive yet adapting experience year-round.
“We created LVL to fill a gap that currently exists in the landscape of physical gaming and esports venues. The esports ecosystem currently has large arenas and glorified internet cafés with a few PCs in them, but not a permanent facility where premium events can be hosted while also serving as a place to socialize with friends,” said Dorian Gorr, Co-Founder and Managing Director of VERITAS Entertainment. “It’s not only a facility for professional teams to practice, but it’s a hub for entertainment, collaboration, and connection. After months of planning and construction, we're thrilled to finally open the doors and welcome the public.”
This Berlin-based esports venue will also be the home venue of G2 Esports, who recently made it to the Grand Finals at IEM Katowice. The venue will also host a variety of other live events throughout the year but at its core, will remain a center for gamers in Germany and hopefully Europe. VERITAS Entertainment stated that $10 million in funding was raised with BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, amongst many others to make this dream stadium a reality.
“At BITKRAFT we believe strongly in physical experiences tailored to a gaming native and digital-first audience,” said BITKRAFT Founder and Managing Partner, Jens Hilgers. “In particular we believe that esports participation and fandom at scale is contributing significantly to make such new physical entertainment experiences successful. While we have seen many incarnations playing to this thesis, we became truly excited about the vision and approach of the LVL team and are excited to see their vision materialize with the launch of the iconic Checkpoint Charlie Berlin location.”
The facility will open on March 26th, and so far it looks to be a modernist version of PC Cafe meets live event center. The dedicated spaces for content creators and teams to come and work in their space is a smart move to encourage the community to flock to this new epicenter.