A Fulham business has given an early Christmas present to H&F residents with 300 free tickets to see some of the world’s best professional video gamers do battle this weekend.
Gfinity in Fulham Broadway Retail Centre is the only dedicated e-sports arena in the country.
It has transformed part of the Vue cinema into a go-to destination for videogaming after a multi-million pound investment in the borough.
“Gfinity joins our unique hub of high tech, digital and creative industries already in the borough as we aim to become a leading place for tech businesses,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration. “Videogaming as a spectator sport is a young and booming industry, and it’s exciting to see it being hosted within the borough. We want to make H&F the best place to do business in Europe.”
It forms part of the council’s new Industrial Strategy (pdf) and drive to make the borough a European beacon for innovation and growth.
Less than a minute’s walk from Fulham Broadway Underground station, there are custom-built stages, spectator seating and VIP areas in the e-sports arena as well as giant screens and digital walls with cinema quality sound.
The Gfinity Elite Series is a professional e-sports competition where eight of the world’s best pro teams compete for £225,000 in prize money, and the finals are hosted in Fulham this weekend.
And you could be there. Gfinity have provided 150 tickets to the Rocket League finals on Saturday – a football meets driving game where gravity-defying goals are the name of the game.
And later that day, there is another 150 tickets on offer for the finals of the Counter Strike: Global Offensive – a team-based shooter.
For your free ticket quote GIVERL for Rocket League final and GIVECS for Counter Strike: Global Offensive final.
The Rocket League event is suitable for children aged 12+ or 3+ when accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 9.30am and the show starts at 10am.
Meanwhile, the Counter Strike: Global Offensive event is suitable for young adults aged 18+ with doors opening at 1.30pm and the show commencing at 2pm.