Fortress Melbourne is giant video games venue opening in 2020


Fortress Melbourne will span 2,700+ square metres and will boast more than 160 gaming PCs.

A giant video games venue called Fortress Melbourne will open in 2020, spanning more than 2,700+ square metres and featuring 160+ gaming PCs alongside console gaming suites, streaming pods, an Esports arena, a tabletop play area and more.

In addition to gaming-related features, Fortress Melbourne will also sport a full service restaurant, two bars and multiple function rooms. The entire facility will be housed in Emporium Melbourne, with a separate entry off Caledonian Lane in Melbourne’s CBD.

“Melbourne has become the epicentre for video gaming and esports culture with major events like Melbourne Esports Open and PAX Australia, so we’re excited to be opening our first flagship venue in Melbourne and offer Australians a unique entertainment space that they can enjoy all year round,” said Jon Satterley, CEO of Fortress Esports.

“We want to make Fortress Melbourne the ultimate ‘home away from home’ for everyone, from casual gamers, competitive gamers and esports fanatics, to families and after work crowds. Fortress Melbourne will offer the best video gaming experiences and entertainment, with the newest tech, fastest internet, comfortable decor, great food and drinks, and a rich calendar of events and tournaments, plus more.”

The full list of venue features detailed by Fortress Melbourne today is as follows:

  • Purpose-built, dedicated esports arena with retractable 200 seat grandstand on lower ground
  • 50+ networked PCs within arena when seating is retracted
  • Esports “sports” bar to complement arena
  • Broadcast and production facilities
  • 400+ sq/m themed basement “tavern” bar and restaurant
  • Dedicated 56 PC LAN lounge
  • 4 streamer pods
  • 200+ sq/m function room with 40 extra PC’s for private events, birthday parties
  • Dedicated area for RPG and tabletop gaming
  • Professional esports boot camp room & training facilities
  • 5+ big screens across both floors of the venue, broadcasting live tournaments and international playoffs year round
  • Purpose built “casual console” gaming suites throughout the venue
  • Merchandise store with esports apparel and tech

We’ll have more on the opening of Fortress Melbourne as news is made available. Check out some concept art below while you wait.