Darwin’s first digital games and esport centre The Array opens

NT Government

The Territory’s first co-located digital games and esport development centre, The Array led by Dylan Bennet of Larrikin Interactive and Nick Hanigan of Paspaley Pearls Properties has officially opened to the public today following an epic launch last night that saw an international esports event, the Philippines v Australia Invitational Tekken 8 Team Battle.

Located in Darwin’s iconic Victoria Hotel, The Array will become the Territory’s centre of digital entertainment, education and innovation commercialisation. Last year, the Territory Labor Government announced The Array as the winner of its first Territory Innovation Challenge to deliver a digital games and esport centre.

The Territory Innovation Challenges Program aims to position the Territory for future investment, leading to jobs and economic growth and accelerating the development of a more innovation driven economy.

Quotes to attribute to Minister for Business and Jobs Joel Bowden:

“Today marks a monumental milestone for the Northern Territory as we officially open The Array, a new home for tech education and digital innovation in Darwin City and where the future of the Territory’s tech industry begins.

“Establishing a Darwin based digital games and esport development centre creates a launch pad for Territorians into one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

“It is estimated that globally, video games and esport revenue totalled US$215.6 billion in 2021 with the Asia Pacific region generating about half of the global revenue in 2021.

“The Territory’s proximity to the South East Asian market means we are well placed for future investment in the digital games and esport industry which will lead to jobs and economic growth.”

Quotes to attribute to Dylan Bennett, CEO of the Array:

“The Array is not only a newly restored historical landmark in the Vic Hotel; it’s a hub where dreams are turned into reality, creative ideas meet digital innovation, and the community comes together to build a brighter, more technologically empowered future.

“The seed funding from the Northern Territory Government through the Territory Innovation Challenges Program (TICP) was the catalyst we need to transform our vision into a reality and a vote of confidence in our mission to empower the tech talent through education in our region.

“The Array is more than just a tech education school; it’s a powerhouse for innovation and economic growth in the Territory where we are enabling digital and tech creatives in our community to skill up, innovate, and compete on a global stage.”

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