We empower esports center owners to start and grow their business

OUR PROCESS

1

DISCOVER

Contact us for a free consultation. We’ll get to know you and your new (or existing) business, give you some initial recommendations, and tell you more about the industry.

2

ACTION PLAN

Once we determine the best way we can serve you, we’ll create a plan to help you achieve your goals and present you with a detailed proposal on how to go forward.

3

EXECUTE

We work for you! Along the way, we’ll answer your questions and provide relevant resources. Our aim is to fill in the gaps in your project, wherever needed.

TYPES OF SERVICES

Technology Consultation

Get set up with efficient, affordable, and reliable PC,s networking and server technology, including help with:

  • PC, server, console, rack assistance
  • Network topology & full build-out
  • Ethernet run planning assistance
  • LAN center management operational software
  • Console management
  • and much more!

We go through an end-to-end process from initial conception to an opened and thriving center. Early Stage Consultations include:

  • Floor plan, furniture and construction strategy
  • Use cases/scenarios
  • Merchant processing & POS recommendations
  • Desired games & licensing plan
  • Community & B2B pre-launch strategy

Early Stage Development and Build-out

Business Plan & Feasibility

A business plan consultation involves:

  • Service, Market, Organizational, and Financial feasibility
  • Resource requirements
  • Revenue drivers
  • Projected organizational structure and wages
  • Threats to success and how to overcome them

We have built our own custom spreadsheet templates and calculators that can help you to plan for and run your business. Examples:

  • Monthly revenue vs expenses at different capacities chart
  • Power consumption, tech & labor estimate
  • Monthly income statement
  • Yearly revenue and revenue over startup costs
  • Operations Estimation Sheet – a guide for new esports center owners who are looking to find out what their general costs could be

Spreadsheets and Calculators

Floor Plan Design

If you have a vision for your center but you’re not sure how to implement it, we provide practical ideas based on proven, successful models. We can assist with the critical steps of developing an efficient floor plan/blueprint, with any feature set desired, and the right flow and spacing to keep your community comfortable and happy.

We Offer Numerous Other Services!

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We’ll talk about your business — and explore how our expertise can help you achieve your goals.

 

Build a Passionate Fan Base With Events

 

Using our powerful hooks and receptors strategy, we help you to plan out how to bring customers to your business. And since Esports is booming and the demand for gaming centers is at an all time high, the opportunity to successfully launch and grow one has never been better.

We can help with all aspects, including:
  • Tournament & event procedures, guides and execution strategy
  • Pricing models including memberships and subscriptions
  • Ongoing, consistent players & fan base coming in to your center creates recurring, predictable revenue streams

We have over a decade of experience running tournaments at our own center in San Diego. We currently host the longest running Super Smash Bros. tournaments in North America, since 2019.

We’ve had our events featured in local TV news and printed media. Watch the videos below to get a sense of the community that we’ve built at our location.

FAQ

Why should I start an esports center?

There are too many reasons to list! But for starters, there are over 214 million Americans who play video games, but not many quality establishments where people can gather together. Esports represents a new and up-and-coming sport that requires an ecosystem to support casual, serious and competitive players, just like regular sports. Gamers need digital performance centers as they often can’t get the performance they need at home. And the social aspects of playing together is one of the core reasons for the explosive growth of esports – but it’s impossible to duplicate what an esports center offers at home.

How much money can I make from an esports center?

This question, while commonly asked, has many answers. It all depends on your network utilization rate, your rate of occupancy, which is directly tied to your business plan and how well it’s executed, along with a host of other factors. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll get into all the details!

How much does it take to start a center?

Budgets vary widely, but it depends largely on the size of the venue, equipment and other initial costs such as tenant improvements, and other factors. 

How long does it take to work with a client from initial conception to opening their center?

It can take on average 6 months, but building an esports center is not a 100% structured process. There are organic elements as well as areas that an owner may wish to spend more time on. As it’s impossible for anyone to accurately predict everything that unfolds in the process of starting a new business, especially one that has varying degrees of complexity and intricacy, the process may be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances. This is why we strongly suggest you take advantage of our business planning services, to get everything on paper before doing anything else.

Can you give me a list of some of the items you cover?

Building an esports center is not a 100% structured process. There are organic elements as well as areas that a client feels they do not require advice on. As it’s impossible for anyone to accurately predict everything that unfolds in the process of starting a new business, especially one that has varying degrees of complexity and intricacy, the list below is by no means complete. Also, some of items may perhaps not appear to be important but may turn out to affect or influence short and long term success and bottom line profitability:

– PC, server, console, rack: design/vendors/pricing
– Network map & full network build-out including specs/vendor/pricing
– Ethernet run planning assistance
– LAN center management operational software recommendations & vendors/pricing
– Virtual Reality (VR) specs, design, vendors/pricing (if applicable)
– Windows Operating system CAL/OEM licensing recommendation & pricing
– ISP/Fiber discussion (please provide all available provider’s pricing tables)
– Stage “battle” arena specs/design/pricing (scope limited to certain areas TBD)
– Dedicated streaming / podcasting / broadcast / video station: specs (including additional monitors, cameras).
– Assistance with vetting & communication with local IT provider/personnel for any on-site installation (for example, running network cables, installing rack, etc.)
– Assistance with P.A./audio/sound system (if applicable)

Consulting services for early stage development and build-out:

– Floor plan/layout discussion/strategy
– Use cases/scenarios, a discussion of scheduling, events, coaching programs, etc.
– Input on lighting, desk placement, cable runs (power & internet), front counter design & utility, snack area, etc
– Furniture (chairs, desks, etc.) discussion/strategy
– Logo design & branding feedback (if applicable)
– Merchandise & apparel discussion/strategy (including crew shirts, jerseys)
– Food & drink equipment & product recommendations
– Security/DVR recommendations
– Staff/check in area planning
– Merchant processing & POS recommendations
– Mounting and hardware security recommendations
– Desired games & licensing plan
– Construction advice: HVAC, floor, ceiling, entry/exit pathways, electrical runs & planning, etc.
– Community & B2B pre-launch strategy
– Marketing feedback/input/guidance (eg: advice on survey, social media profiles, Discord server setup, apps & tools, networking with local influencers/streamers, etc)
– Games to platform: suggestions & strategy (including popular & obscure titles)
– Review & input on list & pricing of core services
– List of personnel needs and a hiring/growth timeline
– Review your general operational budget outline, including opening budget and a monthly operational P&L

How much do you charge for sessions?

We don’t have any set price. Instead, we work within your budget and are flexible to your needs. We don’t want to be a barrier of entry for you and do whatever it takes to make our services affordable and painless.

How soon will I hear back from you?

We typically respond to inquiries within just 2-3 hours!

Do you give consultation on tournaments? What’s your tournament background?

Yes, we can offer tournament consultations, based on our own success. We currently host the longest running SSBU (Smash Bros.) tournaments in the world, having run a weekly consistently since 2019, with the exception of the Covid-19 period. Great companies take a niche and make it available to a wider audience, and when we first started, esports was not as mainstream as it is now, so we’ve had arguably a much more difficult time breaking through than a newer center opening now would.

What are some more common questions you receive?

1. I.T. Infrastructure: what hardware are we going to need?

• A rundown/shopping list of PCs and what kind of configuration for each gaming station – looking for more of a configuration spec sheet.

• What we need for a server and streaming PC.

• Additional items like spectating monitors, cameras and microphones for twitch broadcasting.

* What kind of network hardware configuration is needed

• The specs for the AV setup including stage

2. Operational Software: 

* A shopping list for software for the client PC’s, A/V control, administrator, server.

• What games should we platform? What are the hot games and will be the hot games for the next few seasons? If we want to start esports coaching, how many titles do we pick and which ones?

3. Business Plan: on these items it might be more “back and forth”because we have some of our own ideas, but I’d like to have a baseline of what the current industry “standards” are:

• List of core services. What are the products? Classes, Camps, Tournaments?

• Pricing of core services.

• List of personnel needs and a hiring/growth timeline.

• A general operational budget outline.

Selected Tournaments We’ve Run

Whether you want to provide an engaging, interactive space where passionate players can immerse themselves, or you simply love gaming as a powerful form of story telling or skill building, we are here to guide you.

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