Gamers Have More E-Sport Options Thanks To New Localhost Arena – CBS Denver

By Jeff Todd

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– The Denver metro area is now a bigger star on the map for video game players and fanatics. Localhost Arena opened in Lakewood on Friday providing more than 100 specialized seats for gaming.

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“E-sports means competitive gaming. An e-sports arena is where you play those competitive games. We provide the equipment, all of the necessary structure and infrastructure needed to run a tournament,” said John Fazio the CEO of N3rd Street Gaming, which runs the facility.

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Localhost Arena transformed an old sports facility inside a storefront at Jewell and Wadsworth. Fazio talks about the computers and gaming consoles as just a modern day version of sports. Broncos Wide Receiver Emmanuel Sanders is the first celebrity endorser of the facility.

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“It’s a community. It’s a place where you know you’re going to be surrounded by people who think like you,” Fazio said. “Success will be, when a kid who couldn’t afford a PC comes out here, competes in one of our tournaments, and develops a career path that takes them to college.

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Gaming stations are top tier, costing up to $4,000 each. But players are only charged $20 a day, or $10 for four hours of play.

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“Without centers like this it’s kind of hard for me, it would have been hard for me to enter the scene and make this my job,” said Shawn Taylor, a professional Counterstrike player who goes by Witmer. “It’s almost like a rec center. You can get pickup games going; meet new people who have the same interests.”

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“This allows you to develop an in person presence train with your team in a row,

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