Helix eSports, the largest online gaming center in the country, has opened in North Bergen and hundreds of gamers are taking advantage of what many view as the modern day arcade.
“eSports, or eGaming, is the modern day arcade. It’s a place for gamers of all ages. I think in the store today we have kids as young as 11, to guys who are in their mid to late 30s,” said Murph Vandervelde, the Helix eSports co-founder.
“All having a lot of fun: some competitions, some just play and want to hang out with their buddies. But, as we built this six weeks ago, it’s the largest gaming center – by number of stations – in the United States today. So we’re pretty excited to have it right here in Hudson County.”
To further incentivize gamers of all ages to checkout the new facility, located at 3167 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Helix is currently not charging any membership fees and patrons can stop in and play for as little as four or five dollars an hour.
He added that a FortNite tournament alone brought in at least 50 gamers yesterday, while a Call of Duty tournament attracted nearly double that amount of players.
The new facility, which is part of the new Boulevard establishment at the former Schuetzen Park site, is open seven days a week: from 2 p.m. until 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, as well as from 12 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
â€œWe encourage everyone to come by: old, young, boys, girls, moms, dads – we have a really good group of people here, and a very diverse group of people, with everyone having a lot of fun,” Vandervelde concluded.