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tendo Switch)
* What types of events would
gamers like to see at a gaming
center in your community?
* What days and times would
gamers be most likely to visit the
community gaming center?
Researching What
to Purchase
Creating a center with gamingcapable
computers and peripherals
does require a bit of research into
what specific brands or types of
computers you may want to go with,
but you will benefit from spending
as much time researching and
comparing prices as you can. The
process of selecting and purchasing
equipment can seem like a daunting
task. However, breaking it down
into sections will help make the
process easier.
Internet, Space and Layout
It's important to make sure all PCs
and consoles have access to the internet
within your gaming center.
Ideally, you will want to have wired
internet for all the gaming stations,
but wireless also will work (tinyurl.
com/2xemn677).
PCs, Consoles and
Peripherals
You will need at least six PCs in
your gaming center, with 12 PCs
being the optimal number. This will
ensure that there is enough equipment
for teams to be able to utilize
the gaming facility. Each PC also
should be outfitted with a monitor,
headset, mouse, keyboard and
gaming chair. In addition, you will
need gaming consoles and controllers.
The most popular consoles are
PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo
Switch. Each gaming console will
require access to a TV or monitor.
It is recommended that you have at
least one of each gaming console to
start your gaming center.
How to Fund the Space
While initial
starting
costs may
seem high, there are a multitude
of revenue streams that can be
generated from a gaming center.
" Funding of the space should be
done through daily fees and memberships, "
says Bodame. " There are
also ancillary services, such as rentals,
birthday parties and tournaments,
that all can be used to generate
more revenue in the space. "
Some of the primary forms of
revenue gain can be found through
daily fees, membership fees, special
events, private events and local partnerships.
" [Tournaments/leagues]
were our best event, " Bodame says.
" Running monthly tournaments is
a great way for people to check out
your space at a small cost. It gets
people engaged and creates a fun
atmosphere for the players. "
Educational Benefits
Outside of being used for gaming
leagues and events, gaming centers
also provide ample educational opportunities.
Gaming PCs are powerful
enough computers to run beginnerIt
is recommended that in
addition to computers you have
at least one PlayStation, Xbox
and Nintendo Switch to start
your gaming center.
level game development software
and other computer programs that
will introduce users to STEM career
fields and paths. Some examples of
STEM-focused software include Unreal
Engine, Unity, Adobe Suite and
Blender. Gaming camps that utilize
competitive, team-based games also
can provide leadership opportunities
to older and more experienced players
in the form of coaching. Utilizing
near-peer mentorship through esports
coaching can be a great way to teach
social-emotional learning values to
young gamers in your community.
A Worthwhile Investment
While creating a project such as
this can be intimidating,
with
preparation and a pre-planned budget,
a gaming center can become a
reality for your local community.
As esports continue to grow in popularity,
there are many successful
gaming centers that currently exist
across the country to look to for examples.
A gaming center can be an
extremely worthwhile investment
for your community in a world
that continues to rely more and
more on technology and careers in
STEM.
Ivy O'Shaughnessy is Partner Success Manager for
GGLeagues (ivyo@ggleagues.com). Greg Boehm is Partner
Success Manager for GGLeagues (gregb@ggleagues.com).
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