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Major League Gaming is opening an arena for e-sports in the US next month

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Competitive gaming is growing so huge in popularity that it will soon have a dedicated arena in the United States. Major League Gaming has announced that the MLG.tv Arena will open in Columbus, Ohio next month. The company describes it as a "state of the art venue designed to showcase and broadcast competitive gaming year round." The 14,000-square-foot venue has stadium seating where "hundreds" of spectators can watch tournaments live, but players and teams participating in those contests won't be distracted by outside cheers thanks to soundproof booths. MLG says the Columbus arena will offer visitors the enthralling experience of its Pro Circuit events but "in a more intimate setting."

Still, it's an arena in every sense, with video screens mirroring all the action and even "warm-up areas" for gamers. "With the MLG.tv Columbus Arena, we now have a flagship venue built to showcase the best as we continue to expand our global footprint," said Sundance DiGiovanni, MLG co-founder and CEO. Everything kicks off with next month's Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Season 3 Playoff, which will be held October 24th through the 26th. The company previously announced a separate MLG Gaming Arena headed to China in 2017.