We're excited to announced that Midwest Arena Esports is coming to Central Illinois for a $5,000 LAN Event at PlayNormal Esports in Bloomington, IL! With it's central location and two hours from Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, this event is gearing up to be our LARGEST LAN event ever before Miami!

PlayNormal Esports is a top tier esports facility with 5 pre-setup pods of 10 (an additional pod will be setup to accomodate player capacity), production/streaming room, on-site cafe (pizza, tacos, popcorn, energy drinks, soda, water, etc.), and fully staffed to provide a top-tier experience for both casual and professional competitors. The venue will be open on Friday for scrims with doors opening at 9:00AM each competition day.

Traveling teams can fly in Central Illinois Regional Airport and stay at the Holiday Inn and Suites across the street at a discounted rate (see below) with 24/7 shuttle service to the venue. Amtrak is also available and drops off within 10 minutes from the venue as well. A variety of restaurants are also within walking distance from the venue.


DATE: Friday, July 12th - Sunday, July 14th
TIME: Group Play 10:00AM - 12:00AM Saturday, Final 12 & Championships 10:00AM - ? Sunday
TEAMS: 20 team minimum, 24 team maximum
LOCATION: PlayNormal Esports, 802 S. Eldorado Dr., Bloomington, IL 61704
PRIZE POOL: $5,000
COST: $350 per team, PS4, controller, & game copy (monitor optional if not comfortable playing on 19" and personal headset optional)

PlayNormal Esports will provide full pod setups (table, gaming chair, 19" monitor, headset), but only has 10 PS4's available on site. It is NOT guaranteed that the 10 PS4's on site will always be available, so please bring your own if possible. It's also strongly suggested that you bring whatever headset you're most comfortable playing on.

HOTEL: Holiday Inn and Suites Bloomington-Normal Airport has teamed up with PlayNormal Esports and has given all competitors discounted rates if staying in town. Players should CALL & RESERVE their room while mentioning PlayNormal Esports and the competition weekend to reserve their room. Discounted rates apply from Friday-Sunday and are:

  • $89/night for two queen beds
  • $99/night for two queen beds and a sleeper sofa


Please contact us via DM @EsportsMidwest on Twitter for questions.