eSports facility in Toronto shuts down permanently due to COVID-19
By Bob Garcia
The Hive is being forced to close its doors after a major downturn caused by the coronavirus
Esports venues across the world have suffered greatly from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and another venue in Toronto has announced that it is closing its doors forever. The Hive, which was owned by the Raiders in the past, is one of many arcade-style bars to go out of business as it was announced on September 20. “It’s been a hell of a ride and all good things must come to an end, unfortunately so must The Hive,” said the venue in a Facebook post.
“Thank you for being the core of our business by accepting esports, gaming and nerd-fandom into your lives with open arms. Come help drink The Hive dry and with dirt cheap prices,” added the notice. This venue has 7000 square feet and it was loaded with PCs, TV screens and projectors everywhere; it also had food available to serve, beer and cocktails near the Saint Clair station.
This location tried to make it work despite the current circumstances brought by the pandemic. It ran the business with a maximum capacity of 100 people, offered hand sanitizer to visitors, enforced the mandatory use of face masks and conducted screenings right at the front door. However, the shutdown proved to be too costly.
The scenario is still complicated amid the pandemic, especially for adult indoor entertainment spots due to the nature of these businesses. These types of venues rely on large groups, sharing equipment and even tightly enclosed spaces, which is currently not recommended in order to stop the virus from spreading. Running the business with restrictions on the number of people allowed to get in at the same time makes it impossible for these venues to fulfill their purpose.