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.
Camps in full swing
In addition to Nerd Street’s own Camp Localhost taking place across the country throughout July, a few other organizations hosted their summer camps at Localhost.
The Philadelphia Parks & Recreation department brought in anywhere from 40 to 80 kids each day for their camp at Localhost. The camp culminated with a Friday Fall Guys tournament.
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Localhost in Philly also was the site of a three-week-long coding camp organized by the Uncommon Individual Foundation (UIF). A group of Philadelphia high school students got a chance to learn to code, get college credits and earn micro scholarships.
Crossfire Ministries, a church group that teaches young people through gaming and esports, held a summer camp in Denver in the middle of the month. They ran everything from retro games to Smash and Rocket League throughout their week-long camp.
JuJu Smith-Schuster touches down in Fullerton
NFL star and Super Bowl champion JuJu Smith-Schuster held his second annual Camp JuJu in Fullerton last month. Fifty kids showed up for an afternoon of playing Fortnite and other games with the New England Patriots wide receiver.
“This event, it means everything. I think I'm one of the only athletes to actually have a gaming camp, and it means a lot for me to come back every year with these kids who love to play video games,” Smith-Schuster told Nerd Street. “I think it's really nice that I'm able to share a passion that I have with kids that can relate in the same way.”
For the record books
A record of over 150 competitors came out for the latest edition of Fullerton Fights, the monthly Southern California FGC tournament. The majority of the players were in attendance to test their skills in the Street Fighter VI and Tekken 7 double elimination tournaments. There were 79 competitors for Street Fight and 53 for Tekken. Hoa "Anakin" Luu, the CEO 2022 champion, won the Fullerton Fights 18 Tekken tournament. Stephen "Speedkicks" Stafford, who is best known for playing Tekken, took first in the Street Fighter tournament.
Splatoon 3 takeover in Fullerton
It was all about Splatoon 3 at the end of the month in Fullerton. First, a Fullerton team won the first edition of a coast-to-coast battle between teams competing out of Localhost in Philly and Localhost in Fullerton. Afterward, the second edition of SoCallie, a monthly Splatoon 3 LAN tournament, took place.
Philadelphia to the rescue
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Localhost in Philly came to the rescue of the East Passyunk Community Center after the heat forced the group to cancel their fishing trip. With less than a day’s notice, the Localhost team put together a day of events and programming for the young gamers.
Localhost in Denver returned to the X Company’s building in downtown Denver for Tipsy Tuesday Mario Kart. About 30 people turned out to participate or watch and take in the beautiful views of the Rockies.
Denver hosted another osu! meetup and tournament in July. Osu! is a free-to-play rhythm game.
North Brunswick was the site of another big Pokemon tournament last month.
A panel discussion about alternative pathways for youth education was held at Localhost in Philadelphia as part of Economy League’s GPLEX360 event.
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