The Sacramento Kings dedicated esports facility and content studio inside of Golden 1 Center, the world’s most technologically advanced and sustainable arena, is a state-of-the-art training facility, broadcast center, and gamer lounge, utilized by the team’s NBA 2K League team, Kings Guard Gaming. Designed to be a “venue within a venue,” the facility features cutting-edge gaming technology, full-service broadcast capabilities to produce livestreams and content, and amenities to serve gamers, artists, and the community beyond.
Building off of the arena’s fastest and most connected network, the gaming stations feature the latest hardware to provide the best possible zero-lag gaming experience and can be adapted to accommodate both practices and competitions. Tournaments and events with theater-style audiences can be comfortably held in the space, with the ability to expand into Golden 1 Center’s premium clubs as well as directly feed into the arena’s bowl, utilizing the NBA’s largest and only 4K Ultra HD video screen, VSP Skeyeview. 360-degree immersive audio also enhances the gamers and fans connection to the action.
A full-service studio and green screen room, complete with 4K cameras, enables the team to create unique content and share it with fans around the world. The production studio is linked back to Golden 1 Center’s 4K Ultra HD Broadcast Center, the only facility of its type in the world, for unmatched streaming capability. A dedicated LAN setup, backed by Golden 1 Center’s 200 GBPS internet connection and the first Tier 4 Data Center in sports, delivers lag-free gaming and unparalleled connectivity.
Additionally, in December 2018, the team unveiled the first full-service music recording studio in a professional sports arena, housed within the esports training facility and content studio. The space will be available to touring artists for meet-and-greets and community events, Kings players with an interest in music, the Kings in-house DJ team, and local musicians looking to gain experience and exposure. The studio features state-of-the-art recording and mixing equipment tied into Golden 1 Center’s unprecedented connectivity featuring two redundant 100 gig circuits. Hardware and programming equipment include Pro Tools audio software, Ableton Push 2 with Live 10 software, Slate Media Technology RAVEN MTi2 Multi-Touch production console, and Neumann microphones.
The entire facility serves as an amenity for touring acts visiting Sacramento’s world-class arena that use the space as the ultimate backstage entertainment lounge and hangout. Hundreds of gaming titles are available for performers and their guests to play, ranging from classics like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros on Nintendo 64 to the newest, most popular video games and virtual reality experiences.
Through the Sacramento Kings Foundation, the entire complex serves as an asset for the region’s non-profits. The team lends the room as an educational incentive and unique engagement tool to connect with students, including a gaming classroom and tech-driven curriculum. The team also rents out the room to current premium clients and the general public.