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Building a bigger arena for video game competitions

Building a bigger arena for video game competitions

Steve Bornstein, former chief executive at ESPN and NFL Network, walked toward his seat in a hazy convention hall buzzing with 20,000 people in Anaheim on Friday, mouth agape and eyes wondrously staring at a crazy array of green and white spotlights overhead.

He turned toward the middle of a 300-foot-wide stage in front of him, then to the colleague by his side. "This is amazing," he whispered. He shook out what seemed like goose bumps and squished into a metal chair.

Bornstein was making his appearance at the opening ceremony of the BlizzCon gaming convention, held annually by video game giant Activision Blizzard Inc.'s Blizzard Entertainment division, just weeks...