OCEANSIDE — The city’s videogaming community now has a new hub for e-sport tournaments, training and access to high-tech equipment and fast Internet speeds.

On April 3, Localhost Oceanside held its grand opening as a brand new e-sports facility, welcoming gamers from all over the city and region to check out its collection of powerful PCs (personal computers) and other gaming consoles.

Localhost is an e-sports facility owned by the national e-sports company Nerd Street Gamers. Headquartered in Philadelphia with regional and smaller locations located throughout the country, Localhost Oceanside is the first of what will soon be several locations on the West Coast as part of the national company’s westward expansion.

“Oceanside by nature has a big gaming community,” said Store Manager Ashley Carter on why the North San Diego County city was selected as the first West Coast location.

The stage at Localhost Oceanside will host esports tournaments once COVID restrictions are further eased. Photo by Samantha Nelson

Localhost is where Nerd Street Gamers hosts tournaments and training opportunities for gamers of all experience levels. Soon another location similar to the Oceanside one will open in Bakersfield followed by a much larger regional location in Los Angeles where even bigger tournaments will be held.

“Localhost Oceanside is a great place where you can start training for those tournaments,” Carter said.

Along with its 36 PCs and a handful of consoles, such as PlayStation 4s, Xbox Ones and Nintendo Switches, Localhost even has its own tournament stage. Currently, tournaments are held online only, but once more COVID restrictions are eased the facility will be able to start holding those competitions in person.

Localhost aims to provide a level playing field for guests of any age, gender and level of gaming experience.

Even Carter, who manages the new facility, considers herself an amateur gamer when it comes to PC play.

“I’m definitely a spectator,” she said. “I just don’t have that eye-hand coordination, but I get to watch all these great gamers and be entertained while working.”

One of 36 PC setups at the new Localhost Oceanside. Both experienced and amateur gamers can rent out one of these PCs for a high-resolution, fast-speed gaming experience. Photo by Samantha Nelson

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Source: https://thecoastnews.com/localhost-oceanside-a-new-venue-for-e-sports-pc-gaming/

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