Nerd Street’s owned and operated gaming venues, known as Localhosts, are not only places where you can stop by to play your favorite games on high-quality gaming PCs and consoles. Localhosts also are the site of LAN tournaments, private events, camps, activations and watch parties. Every month, we’ll be spotlighting some of the best events that have happened at Localhosts around the country, from Philadelphia to Fullerton and everywhere in between. Here’s a look back at some of the fun things that happened at Localhost over the past month.
CS2 LAN tournaments
Just over a month after the release of Counter-Strike 2, the successor to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Nerd Street held a CS2 LAN tournament in Philly. The tournament was won by Tricksters, a team that included a couple of players from Detonate, Jason “Enzo” Agaliotis and Patrick “Tr1ck” Stanton.
Another CS2 LAN was held the following weekend at Rowan’s Localhost. Conquer won that tournament, and fatguy won back-to-back CS2 LANs as he played for both Tricksters and Conquer. Michael "agM" Abood, a CS:GO veteran and VALORANT coach at Davenport University and Brookdale Community College, finished second with Stay Frosty.
With a high interest in the latest iteration of Counter-Strike, Nerd Street will hold two more CS2 LANs this month on Dec. 9 at Localhost in both Denver and Fullerton.
School’s in session
Early in November, Localhost in Philly hosted the Innovation Bowl, a cornerstone of 1Philadelphia's Innovation Weekend where students from Coded By Kids showcased their tech projects. The three best projects received $1000 to $5000 in funding prizes. Coded By Kids is a nonprofit that seeks to help underrepresented students get into tech. The Innovation Bowl was an opportunity for the young entrepreneurs in the program to apply their STEM education to creatively use tech to solve problems in their communities.
Localhost at Rowan isn’t just a place to play games, it’s also a place for learning. Last month, a history class was held at Rowan where the focus was on video games where you can change history. The lecture class looked at how timelines could be altered in games like Victoria 3, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Ryse: Son of Rome.
Area high schools dropped by Localhost in Denver last month for the Jefferson County Esports finals. Teams from Lakewood High School, Bear Creek High School and Green Mountain High School closed out their fall Rocket League seasons here.
Dozens of people show up for Localhost in Philly’s weekly That Local Jawn (TLJ) Smash Ultimate tournament. Last month, Philly hosted their first-ever TLJ Quarterly Jawn which brought in 50 attendees, a $150 bonus added to the overall prize pool and great feedback from the local Smash community.
After a successful Pokemon VGC event earlier in the fall, the first edition of Local Frontier Premier, a new Pokemon VGC monthly, was held in Philly last month. With Swiss-style group play and an elimination playoff format, trainers squared off in Pokemon Scarlet/Violet hoping to claim some points to qualify for VGC Regional Finals and Worlds.
The Susquehanna International Group (SIG) and Dignitas were back in the house for another social event at Localhost in Philly. Attendees enjoyed a night of networking, free gaming and food including a popular design-you-own-pasta bowl.
The 25th edition of Go For Broke, Philly’s FGC monthly, was the largest yet with over 50 players across four games and over 60 attendees. In addition to the main bracket, Team Philly faced off against Team NJ in a 5v5 exhibition for Street Fighter 6, with Philly taking the victory.
Across the country, over 30 entrants showed up for Fullerton Fights #21, which featured a hype 3v3 tournament in Tekken 7.
Fullerton also had another good turnout for its Smash monthly and another fun Danger Time meetup featuring 2v2s in GranBlue Fantasy: Versus.
Lead photo credit: Coded By Kids