London-based professional gamers will soon be granted access to top-of-the-range facilities to hone their skills, as the esports industry continues to grow.

Veloce Esports, a professional esports organisation and consultancy agency, has opened the world’s first esports racing hub in the UK capital. This will offer its drivers and the teams that it works with a place where they can train, compete and live-stream to their followers.

The Veloce Esports hub will focus on racing games, serving the company’s client base, which includes the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 esports team, currently competing in the F1 eSports Series.

Veloce has fitted the space with a number of F1 and GT rigs designed by leading gaming chair manufacturer Playseat, as well as the world’s first 200 degree field-of-view F1 simulator.

Having worked with Logitech G, a leader in gaming peripherals, Veloce Esports has designed a space that will help to shape the future of racing esports.

Vincent Borel, head of Logitech G Simulation, said:

“Working with Veloce is the next step in helping everyone to get Ready to Race.

“Our gear is for everyone and we believe there is so much talent out there that can improve through a combination of the best gear and inspiration via online tutorials, demonstrations and competitions.”

Players will be able to broadcast their sessions live to YouTube and Twitch, the leading platforms in the gaming and esports communities.

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According to video game data company SuperData, esports is set to become a $1bn industry by the end of 2018.

By opening this state of the art facility, Veloce is putting its clients and drivers in the best position to dominate esports competitions and stand out from the crowd in the increasingly-saturated streaming sphere.

Veloce Esports co-founder Jean-Eric Vergne said:

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“Esports is a serious business now and out athletes need the best equipment and atmosphere to keep improving as well as promote their careers through live streaming and content creation.

“This is the ultimate venue for our drivers and team to engage the global audience that esports offers.”

In fact, more people now watch esports events than real life Formula One or Formula E races. More than six million people watched F1’s first ever esports event back in December 2017.

With Vergne at the helm, Veloce Esports’ latest venture stands a good chance of success. The current Formula E (the leading electric-powered car auto racing championship) champion has an extensive knowledge of motor racing, which he will hopes will serve him well in trying to appeal to esport’s younger audiences.