Philadelphia’s first-ever esports room opens Friday.
In an effort to modernize the programs it offers and to reach more young people across the city, Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation Department created the space at Christy Rec Center.
The room in West Philly is outfitted with six flat screen TVs, nine gaming consoles with controllers (four Xbox, four PlayStation, one Nintendo Switch), 24 gaming headsets, and 20 custom gaming chairs, and two couches.
Officials said the equipment will also be incorporated into the rec center’s existing after-school programs.
“Esports is the fastest growing type of recreation in our country,” said Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. “We think of recreation as traditional sports like basketball, football, and soccer, and to be honest, not all kids are into that.”