Wisdom Gaming has struck a long-term strategic partnership with Mall of America which includes plans to debut a first-of-its-kind, 18,000ft2 broadcast studio and esports venue in the US State of Minnesota. 

Wisdom Gaming is a leader in esports production, focused on building global communities across the gaming ecosystem.

The new broadcast studio, scheduled to open in early 2022, will offer advanced production capabilities for Wisdom's current and future white label production partners as well as the company's owned and operated properties. 

The split level, experiential esports venue will feature a gaming lounge with food and beverage, seating for a live studio audience, and a retail shop. 

Located on level four of Mall of America, Wisdom's new broadcast and esports venue will provide brand and media partners a unique platform to engage with esports communities through offering individual naming rights, advertising, and sponsorship opportunities.

The partnership was born out of a shared goal of making the Twin Cities a true hub for the multi-billion-dollar esports and gaming industry. 

In setting up its headquarters at Mall of America, which attracts over 40 million visitors annually, Wisdom can accelerate its brand efforts for a post-pandemic world with live and virtual events that scale from intimate watch parties to large-scale marquee events in the TCF Rotunda. 

Mall of America will also serve as the home base for Wisdom's owned and operated brands and associated content, including the Minnesota Varsity League, which focuses on growing high school esports within the state, and Torrent, Wisdom's esports organisation with multiple professional esports teams.

The Mall opened in 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minnesota, minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

Nicole DuCane, VP of sales, partnerships, Wisdom Gaming, said:

Wisdom's mission and expertise has been rooted in creating global esports communities and avid fandoms, making us a trusted full-service solution for the industry's largest publishers, including Riot Games. 

By partnering with Mall of America, we are expanding our commitment to building fan affinity and providing an incredible opportunity for brands to authentically engage with esports and gaming audiences.

By 2024, global games and the live-streaming audience is expected to reach more than 923 million, with esports enthusiasts making up one-third of this audience, according to Newzoo

Jill Renslow, EVP of Business Development, Mall of America, added:

Tapping into the esports landscape has been something we've had on our radar for a long time, however, we wanted to ensure that we were approaching this audience in a holistic way. We are thrilled to partner with Wisdom Gaming, leveraging their expertise in the space to establish Mall of America as the premiere esports destination hub for guests, and global esports fans alike.

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