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$2,244
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 17 2019 5:59 AM UTC +00:00
$2,244
pledged of $500,000pledged of $500,000 goal
27
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 17 2019 5:59 AM UTC +00:00

About


As competitive and casual players ourselves, we’ve found that there isn’t a place for beginner to mid-tier competitive players to compete locally in Utah, and we aim to change that. Mobius Arena is an eSports venue built by and for local competitive gamers. 

We want to create an experience that is not only accessible to players of all ages, but also an experience that rivals professional eSports venues in production value. We don't just plan on giving competitors a place to play games, we aim to enhance the competitive experience. We want to take the excitement you feel at home, celebrating your 15-kill, 0-death win with no one around but your cat, and amplify it, and we want to give your friends, family, and community a place to spectate eSports regularly, which will in turn encourage you to play harder and achieve more. 

We’ll give you a space with high-tech gaming solutions that increase the look and feel of your favorite games, and we’ve designed a main stage that is usable for all types of multiplayer games so that you can have the experience of a lifetime: playing on stage in front of a live audience for the whole world to see. And we want to give everyone a chance to feel that rush that comes with a public victory.

Now, all this talk wouldn't mean anything if we didn't have the tech to back it up, especially since we intend to deliver games at ultra graphics, 60fps. That’s why we’ll implement a local "cloud gaming” solution. Think Google Stadia on a local scale, accessible only from within the Mobius Arena. This solution should allow us to manage a large number of gaming PCs without the clutter of desktop towers. We will be running a fully redundant network of 10GB firewalls and switches with 2 ISP connections coming into the facility, ensuring network lag is nothing more than a bad dream. On that network we will have 2 NVIDIA RTX Gaming servers, each with up to twenty i9 Intel processors and forty 16GB RTX gaming GPU's. We’ll then spawn a unique virtual desktop for each user, creating a clean-looking desktop with insanely fast processing.

Mobius Arena is not just about playing games, though; it's about watching them, too. Mobius Arena will be filled with different ways to spectate the competitors. The main stage will implement interactive lighting to better inform and enhance the experience. We’ll offer a general admission bar and bleachers for viewing the Arena and the main stage. Premium booths will also be available to give spectators places to sit down and relax with some concessions. For the highest class experience, we’ll also offer VIP lounges with personal monitors for viewing individual players’ perspectives and comfy couches to lounge on.

As for competitors, we’ll treat you like VIPs, with exclusive lounges where they can mingle with other competitors and relax between matches.

Location is everything with a venue that aims to support a local community, so we plan to construct our arena off the Draper exit, next to the aquarium. This is a very accessible location for anyone close to the freeway, from Salt Lake to Provo. We’ll be repurposing a readily available warehouse with ample space and a modern feel.

So, why are we on Kickstarter, then? Why not just go out and build it now? If we are going to build this arena, we are going to do it right. As you can see, we are setting an aggressive goal here, but we know it’s the right figure to accomplish what we’re setting out to build. 

Here is a quick rundown of what is going to be happening with your money if you choose to support us:

  •  Build out cost: $150,000. This is the cost of building out the main stage, the lounge areas, the desks, and the production area, all of which are essential to the feel of the venue.
  •  Warehouse deposits and 2 months operations costs: $100,000. We are going to need to keep the lights on during the first months of operation while we build out the arena. This will help us secure the venue we want and keep it secured until the arena is open.
  •  Network infrastructure: $100,000. This gets us the servers, redundant network, cabling, and other gear we need to make the games happen.
  •  AV, lighting, and appliances: $30,000. Popcorn machines, nacho cheese smelters, TVs, sound systems, spotlights, and more. Items necessary to enhance every part of the experience.
  •  VIP Furnishings: $20,000. You want comfy couches right? This gets you those comfy couches along with end tables, wall decor, and basically everything else we need to make Mobius feel like a premier eSports venue.

The rest of our funds will go to various fees, contractors, and personnel to make certain everything goes smoothly during the build out. This is going to be big, and we’re going to need a lot of help to get it right. 

We’re also here on Kickstarter to help us better understand our local community interest and potential involvement level. If we don’t come close to our goal, it may mean that there simply aren’t enough people yet in the area who are seeking a true competitive gaming experience. We don’t believe that’s the case, though.

So when and how will you be able to play? We plan to offer a range of tournaments and free play openings to ensure everyone has a chance to enjoy the arena. Our proposed schedule would look something like this:

  •  Monday/Thursday: 2 pm - 5 pm Open play; 6 pm - 11 pm Qualifier tournaments
  •  Friday: 2 pm - 5 pm, Open play; 6 pm - 1 am, Open tournaments
  •  Saturday: 11 am - 3 pm, Open play; 4 pm - 1 am, Finals tournaments

Open play will be akin to a regular gaming lounge. You can come in, play for a given time and any of the games we have on our systems. This will be a great time to come and hang out with friends or practice up for one of the qualifiers! 

Qualifier tournaments will be open for anyone to register but will have player caps to make sure tournaments don’t drag on for too long. Player registration will be first come, first serve until the cap is reached. Qualifier tournaments will be based around the most competitive and in-demand games, and top-performing teams will then be invited to play on Saturdays for the Finals. 

Open tournaments won’t necessarily be focused on the same competitive games as our Qualifiers, and we intend to make way for some fun, party-style game tournaments. We'll have open, no-cap tournaments for games that you normally would not see at an eSports event, and we intend for these tournaments to be great opportunities to introduce new players to the competitive scene! 

Our Finals tournaments will offer top-class competitors from the week before opportunities to duke it out for prizes and a spot on the wall of fame. This tournament will only be accessible for the best performing teams to participate in, but everyone will be welcome to come spectate and cheer on their favorite teams!

Mobius has been a dream of ours ever since we first started playing games competitively back with Quake and Counter Strike. We want to make a way for talented and devoted players to feel the rush of competition and to pave a pathway for the very best into professional eSports while improving the gaming community locally. And part of the reason we’re so motivated to make this happen is we want to play in the arena too!

Risks and challenges

Risks include:
- Little or no demand for this in our area:
Potentially there will be minimal engagement in the northern and central Utah areas for beginner to mid-tier eSports. We at Mobius Arena would be excited to have a venue like this, but not everyone may think that way. We plan to solve this by funding through Kickstarter, because that will give us a good sense if there are people out there willing to help us build this community.

- Security of hardware in arena:
This is a large concern for us due to the amount of technology that will be used at each desk in the arena. We plan to solve this by utilizing the cloud gaming process described earlier, which puts less hardware on each desk and reduces the risk of damage to individual gaming equipment, and by drafting a liability form for each participant to encourage good practices from our competitors. Preventing damages through knowledge and monitoring from our staff will also reduce the problem.

- Unable to run popular multiplayer games due to the game’s server system:
This is an issue that we can never really fully fix, but have a few ideas on how we can minimize the effect. Firstly, we will focus our attention on competitive games that allow local servers to be created: games like Rainbow Six Siege, DotA2, and Overwatch, all of which allow us to create custom lobbies that put less load over the external network and have options that will allow us to run tournaments smoothly. Games like Apex Legends and Fortnite have fewer options so far, making them much harder to run tournament-style. We will still have tournament play for these titles, but the rules will need to be clearly lined out to prevent any arguments on external issues that may crop up. We will also be using a dual-ISP network connection to the arena. This will help minimize ISP network issues with games that require us to send data over the external network.

- Why come to a arena when I can just play these games at home?
This is less of a risk and more of a challenge that we plan to overcome with how we set up our venue. Mobius Arena is going to be a premium experience from the moment you enter the facility until you’re walking back out the door. We are going to aim to keep our hardware, software, and venue clean and up to date. Our staff will be knowledgeable and well-trained, and the competitors will be given clear instructions on how the tournament will be run. We have learned a lot from the successes and failures of eSports events in the past, and look to combine the best parts of professional eSports with a fun accessible venue.

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    Pledge $25 or more to get a coupon for a 1-month membership. Membership will also net you perks like 5% off concessions, access to all qualifier tournaments, and access to the observation deck, so you can spectate your friends. The coupon can be redeemed after the venue is open. Your month of membership won’t start until you redeem the coupon.

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    Pledge $50 or more to get your coupon for a 1-month membership to Mobius Arena as well as (4) qualifier tickets to get the rest of your team in to play for one of the tournaments. Membership will also net you perks like 5% off concessions, access to all qualifier tournaments, and access to the observation deck, so you can spectate your friends. The coupon can be redeemed after the venue is open. Your month of membership won’t start until you redeem the coupon.

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    Did you want everything on the previous tier but you were wondering to yourself, "Hey, where is the merch?" Here is the merch!
    Pledge $100 or more to get your coupon for a redemption coupon for a hoodie with the Mobius Arena logo on it plus all the rewards listed in the above tiers.

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    You are ready to compete!

    Pledge $250 or more to get a coupon for a 1-year membership at Mobius Arena. This is the best deal for someone who plans on playing at the arena as much as they possibly can!

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    How can you be a true l33t gamer without some sick duds bro?

    Pledge $300 or more to get a coupon for one year of membership at Mobius Arena. You also get a coupon for one branded hoodie! This is the best deal for someone who plans on going to Mobius arena as much as they possibly can, and look cool while doing so.

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    Pledge $500 or more to get a coupon for (2) 1-year memberships at Mobius Arena. You also get (2) branded hoodie coupons! Whether you plan on using both years for yourself or bringing along your favorite duos teammate, this is an awesome deal!

    Membership will also net you perks like 5% off concessions, access to all qualifier tournaments, and access to the observation deck, so you can spectate your friends. The coupon can be redeemed after the venue is open. Your year of membership won’t start until you redeem the coupon.

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    If you surpass $1,000, you have our sincerest gratitude. But even better than gratitude is all the loot you will get!

    Pledge $1000 or more to get this sack of loot:
    (3) 1-year membership coupons
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    (2) Snapback hat coupons
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    Membership will also net you perks like 5% off concessions, access to all qualifier tournaments, and access to the observation deck, so you can spectate your friends. The coupon can be redeemed after the venue is open. Your year of membership won’t start until you redeem the coupon.

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    If you surpass $1,000, you have our sincerest gratitude. But even better than gratitude is all the loot you will get! And if you are quick to join this amazing experience, you get to come celebrate with us!

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    (2) Tickets to Pre-Opening LAN party

    The Pre-Opening LAN party will be held the weekend before our ribbon cutting ceremony. This will give backers exclusive access to come hang out with the people who helped make this project possible. We'll play games through the night, enjoy catered food, and make sure everyone gets their chance to play on the main stage.

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