Nerd Street Gamers, CSL Esports To Develop Collegiate Esports Facility for Albright College
Nerd Street Gamers has announced a partnership with CSL Esports and Albright College to create a collegiate esports facility. Albright College in Reading, PA will be the home of this venue with professional grade gaming equipment for the entire community to access. The college sits right outside of Philadelphia, where Nerd Street and CSL Esports have their headquarters. This facility will be part of Nerd Street’s rapidly growing college and university program. MPG Impact Development will partner with Albright College to design and develop the property.
“When paired with accessible facilities, collegiate esports programs create new opportunities for prospective students, enhance the school curriculum, and serve as a backbone to the surrounding communities,” says John Fazio, CEO of Nerd Street. “We’re excited to continue our national rollout with our second partner school, Albright College, to develop a state of the art esports facility that will house their school’s team, provide advanced education opportunities to their students, and be a hub for innovation in the surrounding community.”
Totaling approximately 10,000 square feet, this facility will contain technology, equipment and experiences for gamers and esports enthusiasts. The new venue will be a fully functioning Localhost, which is a gaming and esports center owned and operated by Nerd Street. Localhosts provide the highest quality gaming equipment and peripherals, including PCs, consoles, keyboards, headphones, and more. This gaming and esports center will also have a stage for high intensity competitions and a production studio for content creation. On the academic side, Albright College will have access to private rooms for its esports team and classroom space.
“We are thrilled about this partnership and the expanded athletic and academic opportunities that it brings to our students at Albright College,” says Albright President Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. “Not only will it be a catalyst for our growing varsity esports team and our Gamers Guild student club, it will inspire synergies with our computer science department, enhance our game and simulation major, provide hands-on learning experiences for our Science Research Institute high school students and others interested in the esports industry. This will be a welcoming, exciting new venue for the surrounding community.”
While this facility will be located on a college campus, its doors will be open to anyone who wants to enjoy the amenities. From casual gamers and those new to the esports scene, to high school teams and esports tournament organizers, this space will welcome everyone.
Nerd Street continues to expand into the college and university space as the popularity of esports continues to rise. With more high schools and colleges establishing esports programs, the need for a gaming and esports center like Localhost to house these teams and programs is at an all time high. In partnership with CSL Esports, Nerd Street brings that opportunity and accessibility to Albright College allowing the school to set the standard for the future of collegiate esports facilities.
“With these investments, Albright College is firmly establishing itself as a preeminent esports program in the region,” says CSL Esports Head of Business Development and Berks County native, Charles O’Donnell. “The meaningful implementation of the esports curriculum will help create a pipeline for students who are keen on making a career in the burgeoning esports industry and related fields.”
Nerd Street and CSL Esports continue their partnership after successfully launching the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) Starleague, the largest collegiate esports league in North America. The two companies along with other partners have been running Call of Duty, CS:GO, League of Legends, Overwatch, and Rocket League tournaments for the collegiate community since September 2021.