Twitch Announces Esports-Related Arena Event For E3 Week

by Robert Workman

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There will be a lot happening during next week, when the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 takes place in California. A lot of companies will have plenty of reveals on hand, as well as new information about forthcoming games. But Twitch? Well, it has different plans entirely.

The streaming channel has announced that it will be teaming up with T-Mobile to create the Twitch Esports Arena, which will be taking place at the same time as E3 2017. The event will kick off on Tuesday, June 13th, and conclude on Thursday, June 15th, taking place right outside of L.A. Live – just a small walk down from the convention center. Admission to the event will be open to the public.

The tournament-based stage will be home to some fierce competition over the three days, with fighters taking on one another in Street Fighter V, Tekken 7 and Injustice 2. Players haven’t been announced yet, but Twitch expects to announce them over the next few days.

Here’s how the schedule looks as far as the tournaments go:

  • Tuesday, June 13 - Day 1will feature matches on Street Fighter V from 12:00 - 8:00 pm PDT.
  • Wednesday, June 14 - Day 2will feature matches on TEKKEN 7 from 12:00 - 8:00 pm PDT.
  • Thursday, June 15 - Day 3 will feature matches on Injustice 2 from 12:00 - 5:00 pm PDT.

For those that aren’t attending the event, Twitch will broadcast each of the tournaments live on its official esports page.

"E3 has evolved from an industry-focused event to a public celebration of gaming, while the upward momentum of esports is year-round,” said Kristen Salvatore, VP and Commercial Director of Esports Sponsorships at Twitch. “By teaming up with T-Mobile again after our successful partnership last year, we're able to cater to fans onsite at E3 and to viewers online worldwide by tapping into these trends with our first ever Twitch Esports Arena.”

So, if you’re looking for some competition to go along with your E3 reveals, Twitch has you covered. If you’re in the area, make sure you stop by and check out the fighting action live!

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.