N3rd Street Gamers is a national network of esports venues, technology, events, and consultative services and will provide the design and build for the room. As the largest private university in New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University is taking an active approach to supplying the growing demand for esports facilities on college campuses across the United States.
Esports are multiplayer video games played competitively for spectators. N3rd Street Gamers will advise FDU on the creation of its esports team and programs slated to launch in 2020.
It is no longer an added benefit for a university to have a dedicated space for esports: it is expected by the students.
– John Fazio, founder and CEO, N3rd Street Gamers
“With video gaming as popular as it is among our students, we are partnering with N3rd Street Gamers to build our first on-campus gaming room and create a competitive program at FDU for esports,” Robin Williamson, dean of students at FDU’s Florham Campus, said in a statement. “We are excited about what N3rd Street Gamers will create for our students.”
Backed by Comcast Spectacor and SeventySix Capital, NSG plays a role in building the infrastructure for amateur and collegiate-level esports in the United States. This is accomplished through the advisory of esports strategies for universities and third parties, owning and operating video game arenas and Local Area Network centers nationally, and creating opportunities for casual and amateur gamers to compete and gain industry recognition through National Championship Series tournaments.
“We are thrilled to partner with FDU and provide their esports community with the tools needed to better their gaming experience,” John Fazio, founder and chief executive officer of N3rd Street Gamers, said in a statement. “It is no longer an added benefit for a university to have a dedicated space for esports: it is expected by the students.”