Fortnite map creator PWR is partnering with architecture firm, Populous to create a facility for esports training within the game. After the virtual facility launches, the companies plan to create a twin of the facility in the real world. To access the virtual PWR facility, Fortnite users must enter the island code <2798-2476-0891> in Fortnite Creative.
The new facility is a space for the company’s team and others in the gaming community to train and socialise. Additionally, gamers will test the building design before construction begins on the physical center. According to Al Baxter, Senior Principal and architect, the lack of design constraints enabled the team to create a unique facility.
“You walk into an amazing central collaboration space that can be seen from all areas of the facility,” said Senior Principal and architect at Populous, Al Baxter. “There are key spaces like the multi-functional event area, Lachlan’s office, the boardroom, broadcast and VR streaming studios, the content creator’s editing suite and esports gamers training space on the upper level, which is all connected to the central space. On the ground floor is the merchandise area and operational spaces.”
PWR also plans to utilise the virtual esports facility as its hub. The company also hopes that the virtual center will evolve as Fortnite does.
“From the gymnasium to the active social areas and the cafe, we wanted to demonstrate that this facility has been designed by a team specialised in creating elite training facilities so that we can optimise the performance and creativity for our athletes and creators,” PWR owner and gaming content creator, Lachlan Power said.
The Rise of Esports Facilities
PWR isn’t the only company with an interest in building an Esports center. Customer experience company Teleperformance unveiled its new Esports arena in May, where it plans to hold tournaments for its employees. In Addition, Esports team Godlike recently revealed its 25,000 sq foot Esports facility. Said facility includes ten streaming rooms and doubles as a residence for team members.
Likewise, the Esports Awards 2022 is coming up in December and fans can now vote on the event’s website. The list of finalists for Streamer of the Year is now available and includes popular streamers Ibai and Dr. Disrespct.