Nicknamed Fortress Sports Arena, it features high-end monitors and video production equipment, along with space for 500 fans, making it the largest competitive gaming site on a college campus, according to Full Sail. It will be the new home of Armada, the college's high-level sports team.
The Fortress officially opens in May, and Full Sail hopes it will help attract high profile players to its campus. He wants to make Central Florida a sports center, he said. Many schools across the country have similar ambitions, and many offer competitive programs of games and scholarships. Ashland University of Ohio announced in April 2018 that it will be the first university in the US. UU In offering scholarships for the battle title of the "Fortnite" Epic Games, for example. Full Sail does not offer a scholarship at this time, but hinted that the Orlando Sentinel could be on its way.
"Esports is one of the fastest growing segments in the sports market," Full Sail president Garry Jones told the publication. "This has become a global sport that is a big part of pop culture."
Market analyst Newzoo estimates that global revenue from esports will reach $ 1.1 billion in 2019, an increase of 27% compared to the previous year, according to Reuters. North America will generate around $ 409 million of that income this year, the largest amount in any region. China and South Korea will account for approximately 19% and 6% of revenues, respectively. While advertising will account for most of the revenue, merchandise and ticket sales are expected to increase 22% to almost $ 104 million.