Nerd Street Gamers Breaks Ground at “The Block,” the World’s First Esport Industry Campus

by Olivia Schaller

PHILADELPHIA, April 15, 2021Nerd Street Gamers, the national esports infrastructure company, hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday at “The Block,” the world’s first esports industry campus.

Nerd Street Gamers CEO John Fazio officially began the construction process with the swing of a sledge hammer through the wall of what will be the Localhost facility entrance. As he knocked through the wall, Fazio was greeted by Nerd Street staff, investors and contractors celebrating the milestone moment.

Approximately 40,000 square feet in size, this hub for esports and gaming is located at 401 N Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA. The campus will feature the company’s global headquarters, broadcast and content creation studios, Localhost – a 20,000 square foot public esports training facility subject to zoning board approval, and professional team practice centers for local teams and schools. With access at the heart of this development, Nerd Street Gamers will provide low-cost access to high quality equipment and high-speed internet to the Philadelphia community, including a free hour of gaming for students every day after school.

“We are extremely excited for the opportunities ‘The Block’ will bring to gamers in the city of Philadelphia,” said Fazio. “The unique aspect of gaming is that the same PCs we use to compete are the foundation of STEAM education curriculum and modern job training. That connection will drive real impact in our community and the communities we empower nationwide. This groundbreaking was truly a landmark event and now we look forward to the grand opening this summer.”

To stay up-to-date on the opening of “The Block,”, visit and follow @nerdstgamers on Twitter.


Media Contact:
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About Nerd Street Gamers

Nerd Street Gamers (Nerd Street) is a national network of esports facilities and events dedicated to powering competitive opportunities for gamers. The company promotes greater access to the esports industry, laying a national framework for esports talent development and high-quality gaming tournaments. Nerd Street has received backing from Five Below, Comcast Spectacor, SeventySix Capital, Elevate Ventures, angel investor George Miller, and Founders Fund.

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