About N3rd St Gamers
N3rd St Gamers is a community of competitive and recreational video gamers that produces a series of esports tournaments, leagues, and casual gaming events.
Currently, N3rd Street Gamers is HQ’d at local tech community center, LocalHost in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia . In addition to a coming expansion of HQ, we are working with local partners to take advantage of new locations for larger and better events.
In 2005, Steve Csikos , Chris Alfano , and John Fazio worked in a mall LAN center in Bensalem, PA called CyberZone and dreamed of creating their own bigger, better LAN center. After an unsuccessful venture capital roadshow, the group decided they would need to fund the venture themselves. Steve went back to school and focused on his career, while Chris and John dropped out of school and set off to bootstrap a software engineering firm.
Nine years later in 2014, Steve had built a successful career in management at Apple and recently taken on a position as Director of North American eSports for Azubu. Meanwhile, Chris and John had built a million dollar software engineering firm Jarv.us and spun out its first self-funded venture, an Education Technology startup called Slate . The three had kept in touch throughout the years and constantly toyed with the idea of creating a LAN center, tweaking and evolving their concept. Fazio pressed Csikos to test the waters by throwing a CS:GO Pro Tournament, later named Fragadelphia and pushed under the brand N3rd Street Gamers, an homage to the N3rd St community of artists, makers, creators and thinkers in Philadelphia.
After the success of Fragadelphia 1’s humble beginning the trio decided to make the venture official creating the N3rd Street Gamers, LLC between Jarvus (Alfano/Fazio), Csikos, and Robert Hilsky (a long time friend of the trio who heads production). They have leveraged the ongoing success of the Fragadelphia series to build a strong community that continues to expand it’s games and demographics.
We have joined forces to build NSG because we not only believe in the coming growth to the esports industry, but because we fundamentally believe that the permeation of esports throughout mainstream culture is a good thing. We believe that competition provides a necessary outlet for energy as well as training in crucial collaborative skills like team communication, leadership, and discipline. In addition to society at large, providing this opportunity for social competition to our youth is a necessary alternative to physical competition which is exclusive in nature.
Our Venue – LocalHost
Our LAN center LocalHost is located in Northern liberties Philadelphia and houses forty gaming class computers as well as an assortment of consoles and televisions for fans of all games and genres! We have the capacity to host up to a 100 passionate gamers at any one time!