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Huge Video Game Stadium Coming to Macau's Neighborhood

A 15,000-seat stadium is slated for construction near Macau
Fans cheer players at a Major League Gaming competition for the battle game Dota 2
Fans cheer players at a Major League Gaming competition for the battle game Dota 2Photograph by Enrique Espinoza

There are already legendary islands off China’s southern coast where the millions travel to play games of chance. Soon an additional island will host throngs of gamers turning out to watch others play Xbox, complete with a 15,000-seat arena.

The arena will be the centerpiece of a $2.8 billion gaming theme park. A Hong Kong-based developer, Lai Fung Group, has just announced plans to build the video game complex. A handful of dedicated facilities for video game competitions have begun to emerge, part of a trend that marks a sort of coming of age for “e-sports.”