Madden NFL 17 Event Kicking Off At New Las Vegas Esports Arena

Written By Joss Wood on March 14, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]Millennial Esports formally opened its new esports arena in downtown Las Vegas at the beginning of March.

Now, Millennial has announced that “thE Arena” will host the first ever EA Sports-sanctioned Madden NFL tournament on the West Coast.

The event will take place from March 25 and 26. It will consist of a doubleheader Madden Championship Series Madden NFL 17 Tournament on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Both events will take place simultaneously in the new arena.

The event is offering a $10,000 prize pool. Entrants will earn double Madden Championship Series (MCS) points for qualifying for the $500,000 Madden Championship in May.

thE Arena aims to make Nevada an esports destination

Millennial Esports CEO Alex Igelman explained:

“Our new arena is wired for live casting, hosting players and facilitating tournaments and seats up to 500 people. EA Sports is allocating more resources within the Esports community and we are proud to be able to re-invest into Downtown Las Vegas.”

He told Esports Betting Report that thE Arena was a strategic investment:

“thE Arena is a central part of our company’s overall strategy and allows us to showcase our production and technical capabilities in one strategic location. As the first permanent Esports arena and studio in Nevada, we are pioneering what we think will be a mainstay feature of urban centers and casinos of the future. We feel that what we are doing is in line with the foresight and leadership in Esports demonstrated by the Governor and the Nevada Gaming Control Board.”

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has expressed his strong support for establishing Nevada as an esports center. He encouraged the Nevada Gaming Control Board to permit regulated esports betting.

Esports betting has begun, thE Arena will help it grow

Betting was not available for the inaugural event at thE Arena, which was a North American Halo World Championship Qualifier.

However, Nevada has begun to take its first regulated esports bets. As a venue capable of attracting top esports competitions, thE Arena looks set to play a role in esports betting growth.

Igelman told ESBR:

“With the recent approval of esports wagers, we have the luxury of being the only place in North America where you could have an esports event and bet on it under the same roof. Pretty amazing.”

Igelman made clear that the prospect remains theoretical at the moment since the stadium doesn’t have a gaming license, but he presents an enticing future possibility.

The Millennial Esports Madden events are both free to enter for esports fans.

Player registration is open until 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2017. Last-minute registration will take place inside the Millennial Esports Arena, March 25, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Players who pre-register will receive a discounted entry fee. Organizers will assign those players to matches based on skill-level.

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Joss Wood holds an English degree from the University of Birmingham and also earned a master’s degree in organizational development from the University of Manchester. Joss has a special focus on the international online gambling market, though he also writes extensively on US regulated markets, sports betting, and esports betting.

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