The Esports Stadium Arlington has laid off “all but two” of its employees, according to tweets and sources close to the facility. The 100,00 square foot, multi-use esports event stadium, and expo center is the current home of the Overwatch League team the Dallas Fuel, and has facilitated other events such as FACEIT’s ECS Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Championship.
In addition to the layoffs, Esports Stadium Arlington President Jonathon “Panda” Oudthone announced via Twitter that he was leaving the company. No specifics for his departure were given:
“As of today I am no longer the President of @EsportsStadium,.” he wrote in a Twitter post. “It has been a pleasure designing, building and operating the largest esports facility in North America. Lots of amazing events and opportunities came from this. Thanks to all for the support. I’m not done though.”
In a follow-up tweet, Oudthone added:
“I know people have lots of questions. I appreciate the outreach and support but I can’t really dive into details at this time. Just know that the Stadium’s voice moving forward is not the voice of the people who sacrificed blood, sweat and tears building it.”
Esports Stadium Arlington, which is co-owned by Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman, was opened in November of 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly hard on physical venues for sports and esports this year, as owners and operators struggled to generate income due to stay-at-home restrictions and local and state guidelines that kept large groups of people from gathering in one place.
The Esports Observer has reached out to Esports Stadium Arlington and will update this story when more information becomes available.
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