American Esports will host a grand opening for its new gaming center from noon to midnight on June 17 at The Galleria, 500 Galleria Drive, Richland Township.
The nearly 5,000 square foot e-sports center will serve as an entertainment and community center for novices and e-sports enthusiasts.
“This center is an exciting addition for Johnstown,” said Seth Mason, of Cresson. “We will be offering summer camp programs, high school leagues, player happy hours, and local and exclusive gaming tournaments. The Johnstown Esports Center will provide gamers with a real sense of community while helping to attract more consumers to local businesses. “
Mason opened the area’s first gaming center at The Galleria last year and has now partnered with Maryland-based American Esports to take his business to new heights.
“It’s an exciting time, not only for me, but for the whole region,” Mason said.
According to market research provider Newzoo, there are over 300 million esports enthusiasts worldwide, which is expected to reach nearly 500 million by 2020.
“There’s not much for the kids to do here, but Johnstown is about to be part of this tech boom,” Mason told the Tribune-Democrat in February. “We’ll have everything to do with games, TV shows, live broadcasts. And the hub – the very first center – will be in Johnstown. “
Dani Canubas, CEO of American Esports, said the center will allow gamers to take their experience to the next level with 32 state-of-the-art personal computers featuring cutting-edge processing and graphics technology, and large-screen TVs for the game. team play on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In addition to the game consoles, virtual reality stations will be available for interested gamers, and gamers will also have the option to watch and stream at the esports center.
The Cambria Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the groundbreaking ceremony on June 17, which will include free games, raffle prizes and more. Players of all ages from across the region are encouraged to attend.
While e-sports are often described as children sitting around a television playing games such as John Madden Football with each other, the movement of e-sports has become much more important than that.
St. Francis University recently selected American Esports to help launch its new initiative – SFU Esports.
American Esports will work with the university to design its first esports arena and provide support services to then structure a collegiate esports team.
“We are proud to work with a university that has the prestige of Saint-François,” said Canubas. “This important initiative is another differentiator for a university well recognized for its commitment to student growth.
“American Esports looks forward to a long-term partnership with St. Francis and is committed to ensuring the success of its SFU Esports program. “
During its partnership with St. Francis, the center will serve as a venue for hosting and competing in interuniversity eSports tournaments.
According to representatives from St. Francis, the center will become the flagship of the university, equipped with professional gaming products to provide students with the ideal e-sports experience.
“St. Francis has always excelled at integrating effective student engagement strategies and producing learning outcomes that translate into extraordinary personal growth and incredible career opportunities,” said Bobby Anderson, Director of student engagement and leadership development at St. Francis University.
“SFU Esports will only be one more way for students to have a transformational experience as they ‘become that person’ through this very exciting global cultural phenomenon.”
For more information on American Esports, visit www.americanesports.net.
Ronald Fisher is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @ FisherSince_82.