Yesterday, Nerd Street Gamers announced its new esports campus, The Block. Located in Philadelphia, the facility is 40,000 square feet and will become its global headquarters. Additionally, The Block will contribute to content creation, broadcasting, esports training, and professional team practice centers for local teams and schools.
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— Nerd Street Gamers (@nerdstgamers) September 15, 2020
The Block in Esports
Located at 401 North Broad Street in Philadelphia, The Block is so large it has its own zip code. The esports facility is divided into two central portions, one area for public use and one for Nerd Street Gamers.
20,000 square feet will go towards the public. Housing global broadcast studios, educational spaces for community partners, and dedicated training centers for professional teams, the facility is perfect for its community. Additionally, it features a Localhost facility capable of hosting community, educational, amateur, and pro-level events, and programming, once approved by zoning laws. The entire building is powered with the fastest internet in Philadelphia, meaning competitive performance will reach its peak.
Nerd Street Gamers aims to provide low-cost access to high-quality equipment and education to its community. Thanks to its partners, the company will improve and grow esports education in Philadelphia, also focusing on inclusivity and opportunity. It will work with the Center for Autism and Neurodiversity at Jefferson Health to launch procedures, initiatives, and programs that leverage the inclusion of the autism community’s talents.
Building a Home for Gamers
In a post, John Fazio, founder and CEO of Nerd Street Gamers, expressed excitement for the new facility. Subsequently, the founder talked about how important this building was to the city of Philadelphia. For professional esports players, endless opportunities will arise through The Block.
“Not only are we creating one of the industry’s largest gaming landmarks with The Block, but we’re also building a home for every member of Philadelphia’s gaming community and contributing a vital element to the redevelopment of North Broad Street.” John Fazio said. “With this esports campus, we’re supporting the growth of the industry as a whole by increasing access to opportunities for gamers, public organizations, educational institutions, and the community at large.”
Just a year ago, Nerd Street Gamers sought equity funding from Five Below. More recently, the company worked with Riot Games to hold its own VALORANT esports Ignition Series tournament.
From providing public gaming facilities to reshaping how gaming and esports, the company is doing wonders. On top of creating a more inclusive environment in Philadelphia, fans and gamers have a lot to look forward to. With this facility, the community can expect only the best to come as Nerd Street Gamers develops The Block.
Written by Jay Hunter
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