How Nerd Street Gamers highlights each facet of its esports infrastructure business with its new gaming facility – Digiday

How Nerd Street Gamers highlights each facet of its esports infrastructure business with its new gaming facility – Digiday

Nerd Street Gamers unveiled “The Block” last Friday, a 40,000-square-foot gaming and esports facility — or “esports campus” — in central Philadelphia.

The black-and-green-accented facility contains over 100 PC gaming setups in an area it calls “The Pit,” along with a central stage and event space that can seat several hundred spectators. It also features a 15,000-square-foot space on the fifth floor that will become the location of Nerd Street’s corporate offices in 2022. The space will host both national esports tournaments and Nerd Street’s own amateur events — a marriage of the robust content and event production wings that power Nerd Street’s own unique approach to the esports infrastructure business.

When CEO John Fazio founded Nerd Street Gamers in 2011, it was a LAN (local area network) party, not a full-fledged gaming and esports company. Over the next few years, NSG expanded its community and reputation by hosting events such as Fragadelphia, a long-running open Counter-Strike tournament series. But in 2016, the business was incorporated, invested in — and then, as Fazio said, “it was off to the races.”

Since then, NSG has become a household name among esports industry veterans. It provides turnkey event production and operation services to game developers such as Riot Games, which employs Nerd Street to produce its Wild Rift Summoner Series, in addition to brands such as Red Bull, which hosted its Conquest fighting game tournament series in NSG venues.

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