Faces of Shift with the Team from Nerd Street Gamers
(Featured Left to Right: Joel Velarde, Sarah Williams, Derek McAdams, Brian Barr)
Here at Shift Workspaces; we are fortunate to work with so many interesting companies. This month, we sat down with the team at Nerd Street Gamers to learn more about the rapidly growing industry of esports, their team, and their company.
What inspired you to work at Nerd Street Gamers and what do you do?
Nerd Street’s mission is to lower the barrier of entry into esports. At our Localhost centers across the nation, we offer high-end gaming equipment, the best internet, and a safe place for players of all skill levels to compete or play, at affordable rates. We also host top-quality amateur online and in-person tournaments creating a pathway for players striving to go professional.
What about your job do you enjoy the most?
Being a part of building local gaming communities and bringing people together. Such as facilitating our Summer Camp programs and seeing the friendships students make with others.
How does your job/line of work motivate you?
Creating memorable experiences for our guests. Most players have never competed in person, and the energy is wild! Seeing teams meet in person for the first time after years of playing online together also always hits us right in the feels.
What is something about Nerd Street Gamers that most people do not know?
Our company is named after the street of our original center in Philadelphia at 908 N 3rd St! The original spelling was N3rd Street Gamers.
What is your biggest piece of advice for those starting out in the industry you are in?
The esports industry is still young and very much still the wild west! Be ready to get creative!
How has coming to Shift Workspaces Littleton contributed to your growth and success?
It allows us to feel professional again since working from home!
Tell us about the benefits you find coming into your office at Shift
It’s a perfect size. Not only can our satellite team work in the same room, but the phone booths are so convenient for private calls. We’re also very motivated by food – the daily snacks are always a surprise and delicious!