ininal Esports Arena has started functioning in 42 Maslak Istanbul after a grand inaugural ceremony. Spread over 3800 sq m, it is reportedly the largest esports venue in Europe and the Middle East region. The facility can accommodate more than 1600 people.
Alper Afşin Özdemir, the Founding President of Turkey Esports Federation (TESFED), inaugurated the facility.
He said in opening speech: “Few years ago, we were dealing with questions such as ‘what is esports, is it considered as a sport or does it have a future.’ Now, in our country, we see that such esports-specific centers are opened, and brands like ininal are sponsoring these facilities. We are happy to open such a facility with the attendance of a large crowd, and the media. I hope the young generation attending event in this facility here will carry our flag with pride in the world.”
ininal CEO Ömer Suner also spoke in the event: “As a result of months of efforts, we are happy to share with you the excitement of opening our arena today. Giving our name, ininal, to Turkey’s, Europe’s and the Middle East’s largest esports arena makes us extremely proud. ininal, since its establishment, has been the most admired and used payment method by the players in Turkey. In the arena, ininal will gather esports and games with its players. During the tournaments and events, we organize in the ininal Esports Arena, we will bring our users and followers together with esport stars. We are aiming to raise worldwide esports stars from this venue. By the tournaments to be held in the future esports players will have the opportunity to compete on the international level. Besides esports enthusiasts visiting the arena, we expect to reach more than 2 million gamers every year via the Twitch and YouTube broadcasts,” ininal CEO Ömer Suner said.
ininal Esports Arena offers the opportunity to perform tournaments with 100 players on the same stage. It has a 70 square meter LED screen with 4K resolution, broadcast room and studios, team and referee rooms, a VIP lounge, seminar and meeting rooms, and dedicated areas for publishers and social media influencers. It also has a big gaming centre with 80 gaming computers.