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.
COD and Madden tournaments across the country
Localhost in Philly kicked off the month with a Call of Duty LAN hosted by Esports Zone. Eight teams competed in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II in a double elimination bracket. The event also included a duos competition.
That same weekend, 5280 Esports and Gamer Saloon teamed up for a Madden tournament in Denver. 5280 (formerly Fatboi Gaming) are no strangers to Localhost, but this was Gamer Saloon’s first collaboration with Localhost for an event.
Localhost in Fullerton partners with a nonprofit
OC United, a nonprofit that helps young people heal and recover from trauma through "restorative relationships & whole-person care," held a year-end event at Localhost in Fullerton to provide the kids they work with an opportunity to do something fun and further their mission. The kids played Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Fortnite.
Lots of excitement for Smash from Philly to Denver!
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Brotherly Love Esports was in the house to host Creed II, the second Smash regional event held at Localhost in Philadelphia. Although it’s primarily a Melee-centric event, this year marked the first time Ultimate was added to the lineup. There were nearly 200 people in the building, of which 160 were competitors. Some notable entrants included SluG, Hax$, JFlex, Chem, Yoshi-O, Beast, and MPg.
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Turnout for Denver’s Elite Smash Fridays swelled a week after regulars Jessica "Shoe" Shoeman and Enrique “Mr.Ping” Cuevas traveled to Texas in mid-May for a big Smash tournament, Low Tide City. Jessica "Shoe" Shoeman finished fourth out of 538 players in Smash Ultimate, and Enrique “Mr.Ping” Cuevas took third in the Squad Strike bracket.
Back in Denver for ESF, Shoe and Mr.Ping met in the Smash Ultimate grand finals with Shoe taking the win in the end. Mr.Ping did win the Squad Strike bracket in an event that yielded the highest turnout for this game mode since last summer.
School’s in session at Localhost
In Philly, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association hosted the league’s high school Overwatch finals. Penn Manor High School ended up taking home the win in the grand final. This marked the conclusion of PIEA’s fourth semester of competition.
A sixth grade class celebrated their graduation from middle school at our Fullerton location in late May with over 70 kids participating. The kids were able to play Rocket League, Among Us or Fall Guys on the PCs and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Switch.
Fullerton a hub for popular FGC meetup
Danger Time Ex, an anime fighting games meetup group, had two meetups at Localhost Fullerton last month. Last month, the group was mostly preparing for the national Combo Breaker tournament that took place in Illinois in late May. Danger Time Ex will be back in the building in June!
Madden and Mario Kart in Denver
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Localhost in Denver went off site for their Tipsy Tuesday Mario Kart event at the beautiful X Company building in downtown Denver. About 40 participants turned out from our Denver Localhost community and had a great time while enjoying the X Company’s 12th floor lounge and some of the great views from the building’s rooftop.
5280 Esports held another Madden tournament in late May at Localhost in Denver alongside Grilla Madden. It was a great sendoff as Madden tournaments take a pause in Denver this summer before returning with Madden 24 and the fall football season.
Pokemon in North Brunswick
Localhost in North Brunswick is quickly becoming a hub for Pokemon fans as the venue hosted another Pokemon VGC tournament last month. This tournament had nearly 50 attendees and competitors could earn points toward qualifying for the Pokemon VGC Worlds tournament later this year.
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