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New Meta to launch its first gaming arena at Cain’s Islington Square

Cain International, a privately held investment firm, has let 900 sq m in its Islington Square development to leisure brand New Meta in a deal that strengthens the mixed-use destination’s all-day shopping, dining and playing appeal.

New Meta aims to be the go-to place for PC gamers and e-sports fans to game on high-end equipment while enjoying a wide variety of food and drinks. The gaming arena will host regular tournaments and competitions which will be open to everyone, as well as broadcast e-sports competitions and organise regular watch parties for big events in the e-sports world. It also plans to open an e-sports academy, for children of school age, with live coaches, a broad curriculum and regular competitions. New Meta will launch at Islington Square in August

The gaming arena, which will be New Meta’s first physical space, is the latest leisure concept to open in Cain’s mixed-use Islington Square, where it will join a Third Space health club and an ODEON Luxe & Dine cinema. A neighbourhood retailing destination as well as a dining hotspot, Islington Square is home to notable names such as Anthropologie, Borough Kitchen, Arlo & Jacob, APC and Duck & Dry, and restaurants including Sproot, Megan’s, Jiji, Prezzo and Omnom.

A short walk from transport hubs including Angel and King’s Cross, Islington Square also hosts events all year round, including community activities, as well as featuring new homes and workspaces. Some of the UK’s top creatives have taken office space at the development, including Fullwell 73, the production company that counts James Corden among its partners, and which occupies 7600 sq m.

Orme Property acted on behalf of Cain International.