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, watch parties and more. 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.
Holiday Fun with Wooder Ice
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Last month, Localhost in Philadelphia partnered with Wooder Ice, who keep their followers in the know on what local events are happening in the Philly area, for a unique holiday-themed event. With ugly sweaters encouraged, a live DJ and plenty of food from local vendors, guests were able to indulge in a BYOB holiday bash featuring plenty of Mario Kart, fighting games, PC gaming and good tidings for all.
Winter Camps in Session
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With school out for the holidays, Localhost hosted dozens of kids for Winter Break Camps. Philadelphia, Rowan and Denver all saw groups of 8-13 year-olds visit their venues for the half-day esports and gaming camps to play games like Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. and Fall Guys. Philadelphia had five new campers join this year, including a father/son duo from New York who extended their holiday visit with family for a few days just to participate in the camp.
High School Esports
The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) utilized Localhost in Denver again last month -- this time for the fall finals of their esports competitions. The top four high school League of Legends teams in Colorado and the top eight Rocket League teams duked it out at Localhost to determine the state champions. Valor Christian High School won the Rocket League championship, and Cherry Creek High School was crowned League of Legends champion. The fun event brought in roughly 200 people to Localhost with friends, family and spectators coming out to cheer on the competitors.
Following up on a couple of successful CS2 LAN tournaments in November, Denver and Fullerton’s Localhosts organized CS2 LANs. Lakers in 4 won the Fullerton tournament, and Welikecook took the victory in Denver.
Fullerton will host another CS2 tournament this month in partnership with Kaos Gaming.
Big Tournaments in Philly
Localhost associate and tournament operator Rob Cruz took the reins once more to run the second edition of Local Frontier Premier, Philly's own Pokemon VGC monthly. Players competed in Regulation F in Pokemon Scarlet/Violet on the Nintendo Switch to win prizes and secure ranking points for the 2023-2024 VGC season.
The final event of 2023 at Localhost was Go For Broke, Philly’s FGC Monthly. Go For Broke 26 capped off an incredible year of new milestones at Localhost Philly for FGC programming, with new records for total attendees and competitors alike. GFB 26 featured competitions in Street Fighter 6, Mortal Kombat 1, Guilty Gear Strive and Tekken 7 and proudly hosted competitors from five states including Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.
EZone Media came back to Localhost in Philly last month for a big Call of Duty tournament. The 24-team tournament featured some of the best Tier 2 and Tier 3 COD players in the country. SGP Syndicate won the tournament with a roster that included former Call of Duty League players Peirce "Gunless" Hillman and Timothy "Phantomz" Landis
Fullerton hosted its first ever Smash Melee tournament alongside a P+ tournament. P+ is a modded version of Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii that’s also known as Project Melee, Project M, PM+, PM/+. Each tournament featured over 20 competitors and was a smashing success.
Happy Birthday to Localhost in Denver! The venue celebrated its fifth birthday on Dec. 7. Denver was the second Localhost that opened but is currently the oldest Localhost venue after Localhost in Philly’s new venue opened in 2021.
Speaking of birthdays, Localhosts are a great place to celebrate your birthday if you’re into gaming, and December was a big month for birthdays in Denver. A couple of birthdays were celebrated at the venue in the middle of the month that brought in nearly 40 people across two days.
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