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Plans are in for Sheffield’s first 24-hour E-sports gaming centre

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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If approved, Unit 2 of the new Bailey Fields student accommodation on Rockingham Street will be transformed into a gamer’s paradise

Plans have been submitted to Sheffield City Councilto open an E-sports gaming centre in one of the vacant retail units of a new city-centre student development on Rockingham Street.

 

The applicants are hoping to operate Unit 2 of Bailey Fields, which houses 500 student flats, as a 24-hour gaming centre boasting 40 – 50 high end gaming PC units and a number of games consoles.

 

Gamers will be able to book the gaming stations in advance for an hourly rate, with snacks and cold drinks available on site.

 

If approved, the new centre would be a further addition to an already thriving Sheffield gaming scene that has recently welcomed the National Videogame Museum, and is expecting its first Meltdown e-sports bar later this year.

 

The proposed operator of the venue isn’t clear from the application, although Lava Esport are mentioned on the proposed floor plans and VIBE has attempted to contact them for comment but haven’t yet received a response.

 

Further afield, Asia’s largest gaming café chain Wanyoo, which has a similar layout and business model to the proposed Sheffield venture, is all set to open its first ‘esports studio’ in London later this month.

 

A decision will be made on plans by the council in due course and keep checking back with VIBE for further updates.

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