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Friday, March 22, 2019

The First eSports Lounge in the Area Just Opening in Newport

The area's first e-sports gaming lounged opened at GameWorks at Newport on the Levee this week.

Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso, along with the ownership/management team of Newport on the Levee, were in attendance.

Peluso played in an esports challenge with local GameWorks employees.

GameWorks Newport’s new esports lounge features:

* 20 Alienware Gaming PC’s with 240 Hz Alienware monitors and RTX 2070 graphics cards.

* All new Cougar Armor Titan chairs and Alienware mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, and headsets.

* Console gaming options include approximately 15 PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Wii U

* Over 100 gaming titles from which gamers can choose

With its new, modern, high-tech and high-touch esports lounge, GameWorks Newport created an atmosphere designed to meet the needs and optimum performance of gamers and spectators.

GameWorks Newport’s esports lounge is equipped with 20 PCs and multiple consoles along with an extensive library of approximately 100 of the most popular video games, which is updated regularly.

Players can engage in play with one another casually or participate in the hundreds of local and regional tournaments to be held at GameWorks Newport.

Local tournaments will often be streamed onto live streaming platforms, providing connectivity with many other gamers in real time.

The esports lounge at GameWorks Newport, which is within the venue’s 20,000-square foot space, can accommodate hundreds of guests, and features 20 personal gaming stations and multiple large couches, providing ample, comfortable seating.

“Our new esports lounge completes the full entertainment offering guests will find here at GameWorks Newport,”  said Tom Heim, general manager of GameWorks Newport. “We expect our new esports lounge to be very well received, due to the increasing global popularity of esports. With GameWorks Newport’s esports lounge, players and enthusiasts now have a dedicated local spot where they can go to do what they enjoy most.”

Guests can also order food and drinks from GameWorks’ new Modern American restaurant, The Works Kitchen at GameWorks, delivered directly to their seats.

The Works Kitchen at GameWorks’ diverse menu includes an upscale food selection with a contemporary approach to traditional favorites across a large variety of appetizers, handhelds (specialty burgers and sandwiches), salads and desserts.

“GameWorks has built a solid reputation in competitive gaming and entertainment nationally through all of our seven venues,” said GameWorks Chief Executive Officer Philip N. Kaplan. “With our new initiative to open state-of-the-art esports lounges in every location, we’re ensuring players and spectators have a place to go to that meets all their gaming needs while offering even broader entertainment options from which to choose.”

The GameWorks Newport esports lounge, as well as the entire venue, can be rented privately for events, such as local tournaments and birthday or corporate parties, as well as youth group or school overnight lock-ins, just to name a few.

The GameWorks Newport location features 135 arcade games, including many with ticket redemption options where winners can choose from a wide variety of prizes. It also has 26 big screen televisions that allow for sports and entertainment viewing for large audiences.

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