New eSports campus coming to Philadelphia from Nerd Street Gamers
By Bob Garcia
The eSports industry is rapidly seeing new competitive facilities popping up everywhere
Esports organizations continue to thrive in today’s world, and, now that the coronavirus pandemic is giving space for things to start getting back to normal, more of these organizations are working on setting up new venues for competitive playing. The latest announcement comes from Philadelphia-based Nerd Street Gamers, who recently confirmed plans to open the “world’s first esports industry campus.” This facility will be known as “The Block,” and it is a 40,000-square-foot space that is to become the new headquarters of the esports infrastructure company, among other things.
This new eSports campus won’t be only Nerd Street Gamers’ headquarters; The Block will also feature broadcast studios, an educational space, dedicated training centers and a Localhost facility to support hosting amateur eSports events. “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,” said John Fazio, founder and CEO of Nerd Street Gamers. “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.”
The eSports organization has been working on other aspects to improve besides the launch of the campus. A new partnership with Jefferson Heath’s Center for Autism and Neurodiversity will bring the launch of programs and initiatives with the intention of supporting people with autism to engage in the world of eSports. “By collaborating with Nerd Street Gamers, we can expand the innovation they bring to the city as a whole and empower and showcase the strengths of individuals with autism,” said Wendy Ross, the director of Jefferson Heath’s Center for Autism and Neurodiversity.