By Jon Chua / TME
Johnstown, PA, June 30– LaVar Arrington was the local Penn State hero who helped cut the opening ribbon for the American Esports Johnstown Center. Pedjia, the #1 Apex Legends Xbox player, joined in the festivities as gamers of all ages enjoyed a day filled with esports. Raffle prizes were awarded throughout the day with the grand prize, an American Esports gaming chair.
“The opening of the first American Esports gaming lounge in the town where I grew up makes me excited to come together with other gamers in a friendly but competitive environment to do what we love to do,” said Pedjia.
The nearly 5,000 square foot esports center will serve as an entertainment hub and community center for novice and esports enthusiasts alike. The center is outfitted with 32 state-of-the-art PCs with high processing and graphics technology and large-screen TVs for team play on Xbox and PS4 stations. Oculus Rift virtual reality stations are available for all interested players. Gamers can also watch and stream at the esports center.
Seth Mason, Center Director, captures the local enthusiasm. “With the opening of the center here in Johnstown, the community support and feedback has been great. And to see that we’re already positively impacting kids’ lives is amazing! The Esports Movement has begun in Johnstown and American Esports is ready to bring the passion of gamers and the local community together!”
Located in the Johnstown Galleria Mall, the esports center will help drive traffic to local merchants while providing gamers with a safe place to meet, play and compete. Open to all ages, the Johnstown center offers a variety of programs, events, and esports games.
“It is so rewarding to see the passion and support of the local community. This grand opening was a milestone for both American Esports and Johnstown. We look forward to supporting local gamers as well as universities and high schools as they build-out their esports programs and leagues. Our goal is to build new esports centers in communities around the country. Johnstown is just the beginning.” said Dani Canubas, CEO & Founder.
“American Esports is the first company to provide cohesive products and services solutions for the esports industry. Our Company is focused on supporting the non-professional gaming community by building an infrastructure of esports centers around the country and offering gaming options that span the entire lifecycle of esports. Whether entertainment, competition or learning through high school leagues or connection with local universities, some of which offer esports scholarships, American Esports is committed to providing a lasting and positive impact on the esports industry.” Canubas stated.