The best recent events and tournaments at Localhost

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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Creed III in Philly

Brotherly Love Esports returned to 401 N. Broad for the third edition of their Creed Smash regional tournament series. Creed III saw over 200 participants pack Localhost for Super Smash Bros. Melee, a special Rivals 2 prerelease tournament and Smash HDR. FlyQuest's Jake "JMook" Dirado -- the third best player in the 2023 SSMB rankings -- took home first place in the Melee singles tournament that included some of the region’s best players, including Andrew "Chem" Khalili, Dawud "Aklo" Rahman and BLE’s own and Philly native Hugh "SluG" Hegarty.


As a gift for their work and continued partnership with Localhost Philly and Nerd Street, BLE lead Jean "jeandolla" Jimenez presented our own Jumaani and Ish with custom Brotherly Love Esports baseball jerseys.

Denver Public School Esports Finals

Photo credit: Localhost

The DPS Finals were a first-of-its-kind activation for the state of Colorado where a district decided to sponsor their own esports finals. Twelve schools battled it out over the course of the day in Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to determine a champion. The competitors were schools that didn't get to compete in the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Finals just a few days prior at Localhost. George Washington High School came out on top in the Smash competition, and North High School took the victory in Mario Kart.


Philly hosted a Pokemon VGC tournament known as the Local Frontier Mid-Season Showdown organized by our own Roberto "UserIntel" Cruz in late May. In addition to the main event (Swiss qualifier to top cut bracket), there also was a redemption side event for all players outside of the top cut to still receive ranking points. Richard Wan took first place in the main bracket and got points to qualify for VGC Worlds later this year in Hawaii.


Anime Night at Localhost

Localhost Philly’s first anime community night took place in May. Attendees got to enjoy open gameplay on PC and console, and participate in anime trivia quizzo, which showcased clips from classic anime movies and recent releases to test even the most diehard anime fan's knowledge. Event organizer Kyle MacFarland received great feedback from attendees who can't wait for the next anime night.

Nerd Street Youth League

Photo credit: Localhost

Vaux Big Picture High School, Philadelphia E&T Charter, and Parks and Rec participated in a Nerd Street Youth League (NSYL) Fortnite showdown to close out the school year. With multiple challenges on the slate for this event, players had to complete elimination races, boss rush and even some scatter-drops where they had to reconvene as a team after individually dropping at different edges of the map. Localhost Philly will continue to host PETCHS throughout the summer and support programming as part of their continued out-of-school esports initiative.

Quick hits

Early in May, Localhost Philly welcomed multiple centers from Philadelphia Parks and Rec for the first PPR x Localhost Field Day, where the Black, Green and White teams all competed in in-game and off-screen challenges. Some of the activities included Fortnite, Memory Madness and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate alongside plenty of PC and console free play for all PPR youth to enjoy.


Elite Smash Fridays continued to go strong in Denver throughout May with winners being rewarded with spots at Rare Air, Denver’s upcoming Smash Ultimate Regional on June 8.

Lead photo credit: randymiks / Brotherly Love Esports

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