Space, a Swedish company established to create contemporary digital cultural hubs, has announced that it is set to open Europe’s largest dedicated esports facility in Stockholm.
The main draw of the 7,500-square-metre site will be as a gaming hub more than a live arena, although it will contain an 800-seat auditorium for hosting esports events – the largest permanent such venue in Europe.
The hub will be built over seven floors in Stockholm’s Sergels Torg, a public square in the centre of the city and is expected to open in the first half of 2021. It is set to be Space’s first venue.
It will also be fitted with 500 ‘gaming stations’, each equipped with high-spec PCs, consoles and VR gaming equipment, alongside co-working spaces and music, video and podcast production facilities.
“In online culture, people are interested in gaming, music, and content creation,” explained Gustav Käll, Space founder and head of esports for Universal Music Group. “They are the three biggest pillars in terms of what the youth enjoy. We want to bring that under one roof.”
Gaming and esports have increasingly become a core part of cultural life in the Swedish capital. Next year the city will host The International, the biggest annual international Dota 2 tournament, while Modern Times Group, the Stockholm-headquartered media firm, is a majority owner of ESL, the world’s largest esports company.
In a statement following the announcement the mayor of Stockholm, Anna König Jerlmyr, said: Space Stockholm, with its unique location at the heart of Sweden’s capital, is poised to become a cultural landmark – not only for the city, but for the entire country. It promises a bright future for Sergels Torg by creating a modern, progressive hub for digital culture.”