Nerd St. Gamers builds Pennsylvania’s first esports complex in Philly


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The York County School of Technology launched an esports program three years ago and have big plans for the future.

York Daily Record

Pennsylvania is fast becoming a beacon for esports. 

On Monday, the Philadelphia-based esports group Nerd Street Gamers announced plans for a first-of-its-kind esports complex in downtown Philadelphia — the first such site in both the city and the state. 

The Block, as it’s called, is a 40,000-square-foot multi-faceted facility will include broadcasting studios, retail space and both scholastic and competitive workshops and gaming spaces. Nerd St. Gamers was founded in Oct. 2017 and specializes in esports infrastructure and expansion. 

“The genesis for this was created by the need for more space because the demand for competitive gaming was there,” Nerd St. Gamers VP Pete Powell said. “I personally believe for the last year or two the stars have been aligning to sort of make Philly the epicenter for the esports world.”  

The Block complex will be located at the Terminal Commerce Building at 401 North Broad Street in downtown Philadelphia. 

The first floor of the space will serve as host to a retail space and LocalHost hub. LocalHost is the company’s main esports education gateway for students and parents, alike. LocalHost offers summer camps and workshops that promote alternative avenues within esports outside of casual and competitive gaming, such as broadcasting or production work. 

“That’s why we’re so excited about The Block,” Powell said. “We’re going to have a state-of-the-art facility to have students be able to see what it is like to run a stream. Or take part in a studio scenario with casters — different types of opportunities and we can build out an infrastructure it is going to go hand-in-hand with a Harrisburg University or any other university who wants to build out their program.”

On the second floor mezzanine there will be a training facility for pro and collegiate teams. The top floor will serve as Nerd St. Gamers world headquarters, Powell said. 

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The development of the site is a highlight of the growing esports trend within Pennsylvania.

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