The best events and tournaments at Localhost in March

by Brian Bencomo

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, activations and content creation. 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.

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Localhost in Philadelphia

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JumpButton Studio, the Philadelphia-based software company that develops games and animations, hosted their inaugural PHL Gaming event at Localhost in March. Councilmember Isaiah Thomas helped plan and sponsor the event. Over 200 people attended and listened to three different panels on the gaming industry and creator economy.

JumpButton CEO Nicodemus Madehdou told that the event “shows just how powerful and engaging gaming can be in breaking down barriers that otherwise would be very, very difficult for many people.”


Dignitas took over Localhost in Philadelphia at the beginning of March for a bootcamp for the org’s Rocket League and Fortnite teams and to host a fanfest to connect with the community.

During the bootcamp, Dignitas’ Rocket League team competed in the third RLCS North American regional event and qualified for the RLCS Winter Major in San Diego. Dig’s Fortnite players competed in regional grand finals for Major 1 of the Fortnite Champion Series. Leon "Khanada" Khim, competing with Ajerss, finished second out of 50 duos.

During fanfest, newly signed Dig Fortnite player Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf and Eagles running back and Dig Rocket League streamer Boston Scott were both in attendance. The players met with fans and filmed content, and Scott spoke to Nerd Street about his passion for gaming and the myriad opportunities he sees that gaming can offer.


Lots of students dropped by Philly’s Localhost in March too. Over the course of two days, 200 students from St. Joseph’s Prep came through the building for a tour of the facility and a Smash tournament. Students from the Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter School also swung by for a tour.

In honor of International Data Center Day on March 22, Netrality hosted students from local schools to bring greater awareness about data centers and the role they play. Students got a tour of Localhost and a chance to play some games too.

Localhost in St. Louis

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The Arch Series Championship, a CSGO LAN tournament, took place at Localhost in St. Louis in March. Hosted by Between the Lines, 11 teams competed including a team proudly representing Ami’s Italian Restaurant, a local pizzeria. The European organization 7AM won the tournament with their North American-based team, 7AM NA.

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This Localhost also was the site of a Team Fortress 2 LAN tournament with about 30 competitors called the Midwest Meetup and hosted by TF2 pro Grant 'b4nny' Vincent.

That same weekend, Smash competitors showed how passionate they are about the game and their community when they cheered on local Smasher ApolloKage as he cracked the top eight at Smash Summit 6 in California.


Localhost in North Brunswick

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The third edition of Tactician’s Crown, a high level Teamfight Tactics tournament, took place in North Brunswick in mid-March. Just over 50 people competed in a rare TFT LAN tournament.


In-person Pokemon VGC events started to come back last year, and North Brunswick was the site of a local VGC tournament for players in March that brought in nearly 20 competitors to play Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Even Pokemon VGC and Overwatch League caster Rosemary "Nekkra" Kelley was in attendance.


Localhost in Denver

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Denver’s Localhost was the site of the Mile High Club, a top-tier P+ tournament in late February. This tournament featured over 100 entrants participating in a singles and doubles bracket, including the top player in the world, Kevin "The Doctor" Ascate, and 30 of the top 50 players in the world.


In late March, fans of the rhythm-based game osu! gathered at Localhost Denver for the second time. Over 20 attendees traveled from as far away as Wyoming for the meetup.

Localhost was a valuable venue for a couple of individuals too. Ryan Foo, who goes by @cooldadgamer on TikTok, stopped by Localhost in Denver to show some new VALORANT players the ropes and create content for his 170K+ TikTok followers. Spanish-language broadcaster Francisco X. Rivera also set up at Localhost to broadcast an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings.

Localhost in Fullerton

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The 14th edition of Fullerton Fights took place at the end of March featuring over 70 competitors in Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Strive, Melty Blood and UNICLR. With Dreamhack happening in April down the road in San Diego, extra money was added to the prize pot and the winners of the Tekken, Guilty Gear and UNICLR tournaments are receiving free tickets to Dreamhack San Diego.


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