Nerd Street Gamers first esports campus opens in Center City Philly – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Nerd Street Gamers first esports campus opens in Center City Philly – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia’s video gamers finally have a place to call their own — a 35,000-square-foot campus with a public space for 780 people, corporate headquarters, a broadcast studio, and gaming space.

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Nerd Street Gamers formally opened The Block, its esports and gaming campus at 401 N. Broad St., with a major tournament starting at 11 a.m. About 400 people preregistered, and an additional 200 are expected. The public is invited on Saturday, Nov. 13., and can walk in or sign up ahead of time online.

The Northeast Championship marks a return to offline tournaments — that’s gamerspeak for in-person — at Nerd Street’s new spot in Center City, with competitions in Guilty Gear -Strive-, Soulcalibur VI, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11, and more. The Soniqs, a pro team from central Pennsylvania, will also be playing at the space.

If you’re a video gamer — or the parent of a gamer — you’ll likely have heard of Nerd Street, led by Philly entrepreneur and CEO John Fazio. Founded in 2016, Nerd Street Gamers is aiming to capitalize on the growth of esports, watching highly skilled gamers compete for titles or prize money in stadiums, which has soared in popularity worldwide. The company has grown to about 100 employees and is about to open its ninth facility this year.

Behind Nerd Street are investors Wayne Kimmel and the venture firm SeventySix Capital,
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