Leicester City’s Premier League winning footballer Christian Fuchs has revealed he is opening an eSports arena in New York City.
Speaking at the SportsPro Live event at The O2 in London, Fuchs said he has already secured 36 acres of land for the project which will comprise of an eSports staidum and a hotel – and will be the only dedicated eSports arena in New York.
“We’re talking with partners right now and it’s a very exciting project,” said Fuchs. “We have the struture and everything is in place. It’s going to be beautiful; like a football stadium or a gladiator arena. And with my connections in the football industry I can give it good exposure. That’s my part in it.”
Explaining the choice of venue, Fuchs said that eSports are curretly bigger in the US than here [the UK] which in turn gives a lot more areas to exploit.
Fuchs is already invested in his own eSports team, aptly named No Fuchs Given, and believes that competitive gaming has a huge future, and can generate huge content revenues for established sports teams.
“Having an eSports team associated with your club can help you [generate a fanbase] and content … People want to see the faces behind the FIFA players […] It can be very profitable for any football team,” he said.