Whether it's the Formula 1 championship going digital for a few months, supplying new drivers to its eSports series or live eSports tournaments filling national stadiums, eSports has quickly gone from being a niche hobby to a mainstream phenomenon.
Many players in the entertainment industry are struggling to catch up, as video game and tech companies lighten up in the online sphere.
It is now the turn of other more traditional industries such as hospitality to catch up, as a new variety of clientele begins to demand services that were previously not provided by hotels, hostels or apartments with Catering.
In this article, we take a look at some of the best hotels specializing in games and esports, and find out why existing hotels need to be part of the eSports action soon.
Atari Hotels - Various Locations, United States
While many hotels around the world are starting to integrate play stations and the like into their pre-existing premises, few have the backing of an iconic gaming brand.
This is the unique value proposition of the future Atari hotel chain, who plans to be born in American regions as diverse as Las Vegas and Chicago.
Everything in these places will scream retro gaming chic, from their facades to the interior decoration. Of course, they will also be filled with games to play.
Luxor - Las Vegas, United States
When it comes to any type of gambling, whether online or offline, Las Vegas hotels and resorts are always at the forefront of innovation.
In the case of eSports, the market leader in Sin City is the Luxor Las Vegas, which HyperX Esports Arena has been talking about since it opened in June 2020. The hotel is probably not far from hosting the one of the types of tournaments that boast of the biggest eSports prizes. After all, what victorious esports team wouldn't want to party on the Vegas Strip after a big win?
Other hotels on the Strip that are already tapping into eSports and video game nostalgia are the aforementioned Atari Hotel as well as the Downtown Grand. Others will surely follow.
Esports Hotel E-Zone Cyberspace - Osaka, Japan
When the inhabitants of the Asian powers travel abroad, they like to try something completely new, taste the delights of a culture different from theirs.
The opposite is true when traveling within the country, with most preferring to stick with traditional hotels that offer the local amenities they expect. However, with the growing popularity of esports in countries like Japan, hospitality businesses must quickly evolve to produce the kind of experience this new variety of customers want.
In Osaka, this comes in the form of the Esports Hotel E-Zone Cyberspace, which will keep sleeping arrangements simple and functional so guests can focus on state-of-the-art gaming facilities.
The Arcade Hotel - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Most of the eSports hotels on offer around the world are pretty hardcore in their approach, emphasizing in-game grinders spending every waking hour in front of a glittering screen.
For customers who like to dive in and get out of a bit of arcade action or just want to relive the golden years of arcade gaming, The Arcade hotel in Amsterdam is the perfect solution.
The same company has also just opened another Arcade Hotel in Barcelona, Spain!
iHotel - Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Last but not least is the iHotel in Taiwan, which in addition to stocking each room with high-tech gaming equipment, also has its own eSports mini-arena, which you and your friends can hire and battle like the pros. It's only a matter of time before more hotels around the world catch up with the eEsports trend, so it's crucial to start thinking at least about creating a suitable game room for guests, especially especially in big cities which attract gamers.
This curious query raised many more. Namely, ' What have you done to your pants that necessitates the outil of boiling water ? ', ' Are you too dense to realise that putting your knickers in the sink and then pouring on the boiling water is far more logical ? ' and ' Have I drunk tea from a kettle that was used to clean somebody’s Y-fronts ? '
Medical experts even weighed in. Dr Heather Hendrickson, a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biosciences at Massey University in Auckland, said : ' It is super super super super gross. ' That’s actually the scientific term. She added : ' Your friend is unlikely to have a large number of highly heat resistant pathogens in his dirty undergarments but we do not know what he does have in there or how sick he might be. ' Oh, there’s definitely something not right.
While Telegraph Travel cannot conceive an occasion when stuffing your briefs inside a kettle will pay off, there are many other devious, less disgusting ways to take advantage of the items found in most hotel rooms.
Better than boiled underwear is a boiled egg. And a kettle could do the travail if you’d rather not fork out £15 for an overpriced breakfast ( we’ve even heard of people using them to cook pasta ).
The cheese toastie on the room service menu costs £10. But a loaf of bread and a wedge of cheddar from the local supermarket only costs a few quid. Turn it into melted goodness using your handy in-room iron
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch ? Not if you nab an extra bread roll, a little pot of jam and a strawberry yoghurt from the breakfast buffer. Wrap it all up in a shower cap and you’ve saved yourself a tenner.
The British aren’t great when it comes to complaining ( Mrs Richards from Fawlty Towers being the notable exception ), but if you aren’t happy with your room, you’re entitled to say so - and to see the alternatives. Hotels, especially older ones, come in all shapes and sizes, so you might be given a better boudoir. If the hotel isn’t full you might even be get upgraded.
There’s nothing worse than curtains that don’t close properly - they guarantee an unwanted early wake-up call at the crack of dawn. So use a clothes hanger with clips to pin them together.
No in-room speakers ? Put your phone in a mug or glass to dramatically improve the sound quality of your tunes.
Isn’t it incredibly annoying when you want to shave/admire your pretty face after a hot shower but have to wait a good 10 minutes for the mirror to de-mist ? Yes. Yes, it is. Well, free yourself from the shackles of mirror fog. Before you shower ( maybe the night before ) liberally rub a portion of the mirror with a bar of soap. Then take a dry washcloth and buff the soap off. This will keep the mist from condensing on the mirror. And one soaping will last a few days.
Forgotten the plug conformer for your charger ? You could ask to borrow one from reception. Or be really self-sufficient and use a USB port in the back of the TV to charge your device.
Staying in an inner city hotel and wary about someone breaking into your room ? Hang your Do Not Disturb sign on the door and give the figure that you’re still inside having a snooze.
' Consider the unmanned housekeeper’s trolley a smash and grab situation. Pack your bags full of almond butter hand cream and guava face soap with espresso crisps. Take three of everything and get the hell out of the hallway. Even if you do get caught, just say you were out of shampoo, or, even better, out of toilet paper, and thought you’d save them the trouble by grabbing it for yourself. Think of it this way : these amenities are here for you, they are yours. We are in no position to dispute the claim that when you wash your hair you prefer to dump fifteen bottles of lavender and poppy seed shampoo all over your scalp like some gooey shower freak. '
And, if the room doesn’t come with conditioner, or you’ve forgotten your phone charger, just ask at the front desk. Hair products, deodorant and phone chargers are apparently the items most often left behind by guests, so the hotel might have a box of each - but ask nicely.