The best events and tournaments at Localhost in January

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, 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.

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Colorado Governor drops by Localhost

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who’s a League of Legends player and fan, made an appearance at Localhost in Denver to watch a League of Legends tournament. The governor spoke to kick off the 16-team tournament which featured some of the best collegiate and high school teams in the area. Local NBC station 9NEWS also came out to cover the event. :3 (pronounced colon 3) was the winner for a second event in a row triumphing in the rematch against WX Pepega Dogs 2-1. Those two teams have been finalists at all three League of Legends events that have been organized in Denver by Alex Kalenian aka Soul.


Freeze Time

Fullerton hosted another CS2 tournament last month. Sweet Aim Bro won the eight-team tournament which was sponsored by Kaos Gaming and included local California university teams from Cal State San Marcos and UC Riverside as well as signed teams Amped Esports and Kaos Gaming. Ryan “laz” Lazauskas and Danny "mahone" Hsieh casted the Freeze Time single-elimination playoffs on Day 2 of the event after a double-elimination group stage on Day 1. A raffle was held at the conclusion of the tournament in which Localhost’s special guest Miso chose the winning tickets.


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Fullerton’s Splatoon community was back in the building for the fourth edition of SoCallie last month -- and this time it was a two-day event. Branded as SnowCallie to give it a special winter feel, the Splatoon 3 tournament included 53 attendees who competed across a round robin group stage on the first day and a top bracket and redemption bracket on the second day. Vendors were on site to sell their wares, including keychains, handmade crochet plushies, custom drawn-on-the-spot art, pins and stickers.


Tekken 8 launch in Philly

Iron Phist Philly held a special Tekken 8 launch edition of The Gulag last month. With the highly anticipated fighting game finally releasing, over 30 entrants showed up for the biweekly FGC tournament. The Gulag welcomed a new era of Tekken with a Swiss-Style tournament, Tekken Ball side event and Street Fighter 6 singles.


ASAP Checkmate Violence

Near the end of the month, Localhost in Philly’s own Jumaani Haskins and Nerd Street’s Ydian Velez represented Camp Localhost at ASAP's annual Checkmate Violence Chess Marathon. Both ranked and unranked youth met up for a chess tournament on the campus of St. Joseph's University. There also was a STEM and Youth Activity Fair, where our Camp Localhost representatives got to show off some Smash and Mario Kart action and invite the youth and their families to check out the upcoming Nerd Street Youth League and summer camps.


Lead photo credit: RAVN_ssbm / Localhost

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