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Esports is booming. Since the first competition at Stanford in 1972, video games took off to become the wildly popular medium they are today. Competition is fierce. The ePlex in Birmingham promises to deliver on the spirit of the game with a one of a kind arena placing you in the center of the action as both spectator and participant.

How big is esports?

Electronic gaming, in any form, was always popular. Pinball competitions in the 1980s, the Guinness Book of World Records, and the popular show Starcade all helped bring our sport into the limelight. However, it was not until the 2000s when esports become prevalent growing from 10 tournaments to 260 by 2010 thanks in part to StarCraft.

In 2014, the Electronic Sports League grew large enough to partner with teams to sponsor media campaigns across the world. The now billion-dollar sport saw the first arena in the United States open in California in 2015, just one year after attendance at the 2014 League of Legends World Championship in Seoul topped 40,000 fans.

Continuing a tradition

Your sport is established. The fanbase is among the largest in the world with dozens of teams competing in everything from sporting simulations to intense RPGs.

The ePlex brings the power of decades of growth to the world stage in Birmingham with a thrilling concept. Not only will our in-house team provide you with an endless source of entertainment. Partnerships with Hewlett Packard, Springboard VR, and VR Studios allows us to power an unrivaled experience.

Is there a VR arcade near me?

Not only is there a VR arcade, but a virtual reality arena exists. When between competitions, the Magic City ePlex in Birmingham allows teams of visitors to jump into games, untethered by keyboards and mice.

We let you play the future with cutting edge technology. Our arena turns into a state-of-the-art café once the competition ends. Get your hands on the most recent technology.

Where can I watch eSports?

With restaurants, bars, seating, and the best in technology, the Magic City ePlex is the only place in Alabama where you can watch your teams compete. Our amenities and dedication to the sport make us unique in North America.

No other venue has the same capability to provide visitors with an experience. We power parties and competitors with specific partnerships guaranteed to continue offering the best electronics.

Esports in Alabama

Esports in booming and the ePlex will capture the spirit of our nascent sport. Billions of dollars flow into teams working tirelessly to bring the most thrilling experience possible.

We hope to bring professional esports a dedicated home in the South. Grab a beer and a slice of pizza before cheering on your favorite teams. Become part of the action once the competition dies down. In either way, be a part of something massive.

The one-of-a-kind state-of-the-art Magic City ePlex is your gateway to unrivaled competition. Get in the action today or visit our website for news on our competitions and industry events.

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A catalyst for interdisciplinary networking and organizational learning, VSIR collaborates with its clients in designing fit-for-purpose knowledge mobilization strategies.

Our strategy design process is ideal for enterprising organizations interested in fostering managerial foresight and confident decision-making along the value chain.


My mission as a knowledge broker is to drive strategic discussions that foster intelligent decision-making and which enable managerial foresight at various points along the value chain. Instead of just capturing or curating existing knowledge assets, I want to work in partnership towards the co-creation of exceptional value by importing ideas from different perspectives and by combining them in an integrated manner.

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