A Lisle mother-and-son business team is hoping to find success with the latest spin on the video game arcade.
In January, Catherine Sarrett and Joseph Moseley opened the Scrims Esports Gaming Center at 2000 Ogden Ave., the site of a former Family Video store.
Scrims is meant to be a social haven for both casual and competitive computer gamers.
Its 6,000-square-foot floor plan allows for 100 guest stations to play hundreds of computer games by the hour or in special tournaments. But due to social distancing, Sarrett and Mosley started with just 40 high-end PCs and other gaming consoles.
“It’s kind of a blessing in disguise with the startup costs,” said Sarrett about opening during a pandemic. “We’ll fill out when we can.”
Computer games have been a die-hard passion for Moseley, a recent graduate of the University of Miami where he competed in intercollegiate esports clubs and tournaments. Now as Scrims’ director of operations, Moseley creates in-house tournaments for games like “Rocket League” and “Call of Duty.”
“I do compete competitively online, but I don’t here because I’m the organizer,” Moseley said.
Sarrett and Moseley saw a void in DuPage County for an esports center. They also were encouraged by seeing the success of Ignite Gaming Lounge, which has locations in Skokie and Chicago, and GameWorks in Schaumburg, which has an esports lounge (temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic). Hoffman Estates