Verizon and Dignitas partner to build 5G esports training facility in LA

Esports organization Dignitas is partnering with leading telecommunications company Verizon to build the first 5G esports training facility in the United States.

The 5,500-square-foot Verizon 5G Gaming Center is located in Verizon’s 5G Lab in Los Angeles and powered by Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.

It will serve as Dignitas’ west coast headquarters and home to its League of Legends teams, who will train exclusively at this facility ahead of the League Championship Series, which kicks off on January 25 in LA.

According to a press release, the two parties will look to “identify and develop ways that Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network can enhance player performance, improve recovery, and enable players to connect with fans in new innovative ways.” It is also Verizon’s first partnership with an esports organization.

Last September, Dignitas raised $30m (€27m) in new investment, with a Series A funding round led by its controlling shareholders Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment and Fertitta Entertainment.

HBSE is the parent company of the National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers and the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils, while Fertitta Entertainment owns the NBA Houston Rockets, as well as numerous restaurants and casinos in the US.

Dignitas also formed a new parent company, New Meta Entertainment (NME), a digital sports and entertainment company operating in three primary verticals: esports teams, content and marketing, and investments.

Michael Prindiville, previously the Dignitas chief executive, is the CEO of New Meta Entertainment. Prindiville spearheaded Dignitas’s merger with Clutch Gaming, which enabled Dignitas to acquire a League of Legends, League Championship Series (LCS) franchise.

Dignitas, acquired by HBSE in 2016, also has teams that compete in Rocket League, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Super Smash Bros. Melee, SMITE, Apex Legends, and Clash Royale.

In June 2019, Dignitas opened a new headquarters, a 3,000-square-foot gaming and content production studio adjacent to HBSE’s Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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