Gaming Insomniacs Brings eSports to Downtown Schenectady
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — URBAN CO-WORKS and the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority today announced that Gaming Insomniacs will locate company offices and a new eSports studio in downtown Schenectady.
“The Capital Region is already a leader in game development and we want to build on that momentum by establishing a thriving eSports gaming facility. Our goal is to involve gamers in competitive league play, host teams and develop a talent pipeline to send players on to the professional leagues,” said Jide Osipitan, CEO of Gaming Insomniacs.
“We’re very excited to welcome Gaming Insomniacs into the URBAN CO-WORKS community where we can provide them the space, support and flexibility to scale-up and grow their organization, similar to some of our other high-growth tenants like Beekman 1802 and Magic Digital Media,” said Jeff Goronkin, CEO of URBAN CO-WORKS.
“This first in the Capital Region eSports studio with competitive league play adds to the entertainment mix in downtown Schenectady. We also want the gaming sector to know that Schenectady County is a good place to grow your business,” said Ray Gillen, Chair of Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority.
Gaming Insomniacs will be located at URBAN CO-WORKS at 433 State Street. The company will utilize 5,000 square feet of space for a gaming studio as well as company offices. The gaming studio will be open for league play seven nights a week weeknights from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday starting in February. Over the past three months the company has already recruited more than 60 players that will compete in a dozen teams at the new Schenectady gaming studio.
A relatively new and burgeoning industry, eSports is a platform for multiplayer video games that are played competitively for spectators, typically by professional gamers. Gaming Insomniacs will host their first gaming tournament in Schenectady on January 26th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.