Dundee City Council has entered into an exclusivity agreement with a company that plans to bring a 4,000 capacity multi-purpose esports arena to the Waterfront.
Northern Lights Arena Europe Limited (NLAE) plans to build a multi-purpose arena that will host around 4,000 seats, an esports academy for further and higher education, indoor sporting events, retail and live/workspace.
Esports is sports competitions using video and computer games, with teams often competing for multi-million-pound prize pots.
The company has an 18-month exclusivity agreement with the council, allowing them to progress initial design concepts, strategic advice and expertise.
NLAE is already working with Abertay University, Europe’s top ranked institution for video games education, to maximise the educational benefits of this project.
As part of the project, Abertay intends to develop a new range of degree courses related to the global esports job market, with students gaining access to bespoke facilities within the arena complex.
Abertay’s local college partner, Dundee & Angus College, would also be part of the project, ensuring opportunities for involvement are provided for young people across the region.
Chris Turner, NLAE CEO said: “We are delighted to be able to announce Dundee as the first of several multi-million-pound projects that the NLAE team is working on.
“We have been impressed with the forward-looking approach of Dundee City Council and their ambition to have a world class public space at the heart of Dundee.
“NLAE is working with global technology partners, including Amazon Web Services, to provide unparalleled facilities and experiences. NLAE is working with Vital Energi to develop and deliver a low carbon energy solution for all NLAE projects and other local customers in Dundee City Centre.”
Mark Flynn, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said: “Agreeing an exclusivity arrangement with NLAE is the best way forward to allow what is an exciting and potentially winning development the time and space needed to undertake feasibility studies and advance outline proposals.
“As a thriving and recognised cradle for games development I can think of no better place for such a complex to be.”