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Geek Lounge brings gaming competition to town

Geek Lounge brings gaming competition to town

Geek Lounge brings gaming competition to town
April 29
22:38 2015

Matthew Payne / Staff Writer

Competitive video gaming has recently established a foothold in the team sports ecosystem, bringing players and spectators together for a common interest: games.

At Geek Lounge, a local area network competitive gaming haven supported by Geek on Wheels computer repair, gamers can get together and do their thing.

“For anybody who wants to try out their games on Steam, or those which we have here, you can pay $5 an hour and utilize our top-of-the-line gaming PCs,” said Geek Lounge coordinator John McGee.

Three different membership tiers are also available at a monthly fee starting at $15, and offer per hour discounts in the lounge.

McGee said the lounge, which is located at 625 Dallas Drive, is more than capable technology of supporting the players of popular games like “League of Legends,” “World of Warcraft” and “Counter Strike.”

He said the Internet speeds of the LAN lounge clock in at over 500 megabits per second, fast for heavy gaming demands when compared to the 50 megabits per second most dorms or student apartments offer.

“I would go the Lounge when my apartment complex was having frequent Internet issues,” computer science junior Callan Weinberg said. “It’s really nice to have a place like the Geek Lounge available so that I can have a reliable and fast connection whenever I need one.”

The Lounge also hosts several gatherings and sponsored events every month. These include gaming tournaments and watch parties for competitive e-Sports. On April 19, Geeks on Wheels, in collaboration with the UNT and University of Texas at Dallas chapters of the Texas e-Sports Association, held a watch party for the League of Legends Championship Series World Finals.

The Lounge streamed the show via projects free of charge for spectators. There was food, drinks and giveaways, and official sponsorship from Funimation, Logitech and “League of Legends” developer Riot Games.

“It’s really great that TeSPA has such close connections with Geek on Wheels,” TeSPA officer Ivan Ontiveros said. “Our combined efforts allow us to be able to garner the kind of support from companies like Riot Games for awesome events like these.”

TeSPA played a huge role in organizing the logistics for the event, he said. From the check-in line to managing giveaways, the volunteers were consistently ensuring everyone was having the best time possible.

Freaks & Geeks, a recent addition to the geek culture of Denton, was also in attendance. Guests had the opportunity to browse a selection of merchandise from the shop.

“We’re huge fans of events like these and love to support other Denton businesses for geeky cause,” Freaks & Geeks employee Ivan Rodriguez said. “Not only do watch parties like these help spread the word for our community of fans and customers, but it helps gamers like these flock and become more cohesive of a community with a shared passion.”

Featured Image: Fans and gamers congregate amid the middle of the Geek Lounge to spectate while other play a video game on a large projector screen. Photo by Matthew Payne – Staff Writer

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