Designing the first esports training facility in Minnesota.
The Minnesota ROKKR, a professional esports team, is one of only 12 teams in the official Call of Duty League. The team is a testament to the increasing popularity of esports. Designing their headquarters and training facility in Eagan presented an interesting challenge for our design team. From sleeping pods and shower facilities to lounge spaces and multiple practice rooms, we designed their new headquarters to be a space where players can train, socialize and recharge.
“Rokkr” is a Norse word with a rough translation as “twilight of the Gods.” The team’s branding alludes to Viking warriors and the paths they forged. We used the architecture, furniture and finishes throughout the headquarters to reinforce this unique brand. From the black quartz reception desk, which sparkles like the night sky, to the wood accents and birch bark inspired wall covering, the design celebrates the Nordic woods. The 24-hour facility not only needs to be a place where players can practice against other professional teams, but also a place for events. An open format kitchen is perfect for accommodating large group gatherings. Glass partitions in practice rooms promote transparency. To attract gamers that are used to playing at home, we included large casual and practice spaces of various sizes. One seating area is organized around a giant video wall. Another is a fireplace and lounge space available via glass garage door in the main conference room. Multiple people can interact in the open space. Attractive visual elements like an open-format IT room and “war” rooms showcase all the technology installed in the facility. A broadcasting booth accommodates a range of media including live streaming, broadcaster commentary and player interviews – a convenient spot for the team to create content without needing to leave the facility.
The 11,000 SF training facility is strategically designed to attract the best esports players in the world. It also allows for the team to grow and evolve while providing all the comforts of home. Combining the best elements of retail, corporate, and hospitality, RSP created a community space that will support the Minnesota ROKKR team and the social experience for years to come.