8 spots to game in Dallas.
Posted on Mar 12, 2019 By Devon Yarbrough
While video gaming has been around for decades, esports is on the rise, especially in Dallas. It surely makes sense, as Dallas has always had a big sports scene and an affinity for the gaming industry, with major gaming industries headquarters located in the region, such as GameStop. And with official leagues, tournaments and two grand gaming facilities in the region, Dallas is embracing the future of gaming, even playing host to two major gaming events in 2019. These gaming hotspots can't be missed!
Recently opened in Deep Ellum, the Mavs Gaming Pavilion is a state-of-the-art gaming facility and home to the official NBA 2K Mavs Gaming Team. The 13,000 square-foot pavilion (that once housed the team's headquarters) features 5v5 gaming desks – complete with Xbox and PlayStation consoles – a massive LED screen to watch gameplay, two streaming pods and more. You can schedule a tour of the facility or even free play during the NBA 2K league's off season.
One of the largest e-sports facility in North America, the Esports Stadium Arlington is the premier gaming facility and it's just a short drive from Downtown Dallas. The stadium opened in late 2018 and already has a steady stream of events listed on its calendar. Gamers can enjoy all the latest and greatest games on the newest gaming consoles and even watch the weekly tournaments played on site. A bonus: the stadium is open daily until 2 a.m. to indulge in late night gaming.
Gaming Arcades & Lounges
A local favorite – this arcade features more than 170 games, from new games, such as 5v5 Killer Queen, to the classics like Street Fighter. Try out one of the many pinball machines, compete against friends or even watch one of the gaming tournaments hosted here. And with more than 25 ciders and wines on-tap, Bishop Cidercade offers a fun time whether you're a pro-gamer or not.
Select Start Arcade & Bar
Select Start and Arcade Bar provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere and has quickly become a hotspot for casual gaming. Featuring popular games like Fortnite and Mortal Kombat, as well as a full service bar, Select Start and Arcade Bar is a great place to get some gaming in.
If you're a video game junkie, this museum is right up your alley. The National Videogame Museum offers a place of learning about the industry's rich history. Walk through the timeline of gaming consoles and see video game relics or indulge in the 80s arcade experience. Plus you can test your gaming skills and try to make it on the leaderboard!
Need to get some gaming in before a flight? Then Gameway is your spot. Located in terminals E16 and B42, the gaming lounge has multiple gaming stations all including, leather seats , 43 inch flat screen TVs and noise cancelling headphones. Enjoy your favorite games, like Madden, Halo, FIFA and more – all while you wait your flight.
2019 Gaming Events
If you're into all things Minecraft, this is a must-attend event. From March 23-24, Minefaire, the official Minecraft event, is coming to Dallas. Participate in tournaments and build battles, meet Minecraft YouTube celebrities, get official Minecraft merch and event exclusives, and even solve a Minecraft Escape Room.
Kay Baily Hutchinson Convention Center
DreamHack, the world's largest digital festival, is also making its way to Dallas on May 31-June 2. Featuring gaming competitions and tournaments, free play - including VR and Retro gaming (Pac-Man anyone?), live streaming and more, the weekend-long festival provides the ultimate gaming experience. Not a pro-gamer? See live music performances, watch fan films, attend panels and workshops, participate in the Cosplay competition or even test out a few demo games. Just remember its BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer/Console).
Header photo credit: Mavs Gaming Pavilion