Verizon and Dignitas Team Up to Create 5G Gaming Center

by in General | Jan, 24th 2020

In Los Angeles, California, a 5,500 square-foot esports training facility is officially coming to life, thanks to Verizon and Dignitas. The goal is to develop the emerging technology further and aim towards improving it for use in esports.

This massive esports center will be the home for Dignitas on the West Coast, as well as the headquarters of their League of Legends team. But will this be enough to give America a world-championship caliber League of Legends squad finally?

Probably not. But can we dream? Of course. Many NA LoL fans want to see a team skilled enough in North America to conquer the Korean and Chinese squads finally. But this could be the most high-tech training facility in America.

What’s the Scoop?

Dignitas and Verizon will work together to create the Verizon 5G Lab. It will identify and develop ways to use Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband network. The goal is to enhance player performance, improve recovery, and enable plays to connect with their fans in new, innovative ways.

Nick Palmer, chief product development officer at Verizon, discussed the teamup:

“We’re thrilled to partner with the largest ownership group in esports, and have our LA Lab be home to the nation’s first 5G esports training facility. With 5G’s fast speeds, high bandwidth and low latency, players will be able to do things like stream high-quality gameplay essentially in real-time, stay connected with fans on-the-go, and experience console quality multi-player gaming on their phones.”

Sure, this will mostly benefit Dignitas first, but it won’t make them better players. At least, not in a way that I can see. What it will do is increase their ability to play with killer response times. In addition, it could offer new technologies to improve their gameplay and reach their audience.

This isn’t the only 5G Lab hub though. There are others in locations like New York, Palo Alto, Cambridge, and Washington DC. But this is the only one devoted to an esports team, that we’re aware of. It’s a new way to approach increasing the power and usage of 5G technology.

This could improve the quality of livestreams of not only solo player play but esports in general. We’ll have to see how Verizon and Dignitas use this technology. If it spreads across the League of Legends’ LCS tournament series.

Michael Prindiville, CEO of Dignitas, also discussed the partnership:

“Partnering with a world-class innovator like Verizon brings immense new opportunities. The technologies we are collaboratively building will help us strengthen support for our current and future partners far beyond today’s capabilities. We are honored to be Verizon’s trusted guide into esports and look forward to telling engaging stories through content, social media and experiences in ways esports has never seen before.”

Having a major wireless and internet network leaping into the world of esports could be massive. Perhaps this could lead to making services like 5G power being easier to access, with more reasonable prices. Now that part is perhaps the most fanciful of all.

The LCS (League Championship Series) begins on January 25. The World Championship-qualifying team Dignitas will train exclusively at this Verizon 5G Gaming Facility. What this also makes me wonder if there will be more of these gaming centers cropping up in major cities. I also would like to see them be usable by regular people who either want to watch esports or get in on the action themselves.

This could also be a way to get people who aren’t interested in esports to join in all the fun for themselves.


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