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Aberdeen to get first dedicated gaming venue and bar

Gamers are looking forward to the Granite City having its first gaming centre. Engage Gaming has announced it will be opening its doors later this week. The centre, housed in what used to be the Stage Door building on North Silver Street, will provide a space for gaming enthusiasts to meet, play and compete. Stewart Gibson, a spokesman for Engage Gaming, said: “I knew there was a market out there for a full-time venue that could cater for the hardcore gamers and still appeal to a more mainstream market. “When we found the former Stage Door restaurant I knew it was an amazing space that could easily be converted.” Stewart added: “We’ll be opening to the public in the coming week, so look out for the opening date.” Gamers can look forward to an array of gaming PCs, and consoles such as Xbox Ones and PS4s, as well as having a chance to try out the latest virtual reality equipment. There will also be a relaxation zone for customers, complete with a licensed bar and cafe. The development of the e-gaming centre has created 10 jobs, which are expected to increase to as many as 20 within the coming months. The centre has been custom-designed by award-winning local design teams, artists and GT Omega Racing, with top-of-the range gaming chairs and cockpits to provide the ideal gaming space. Matt Sandham, digital marketing manager of Engage Gaming, said that the recent phenomenon of online gaming has continually increased in popularity during the past decade and said the company is “taking it to the next level” in Aberdeen. He added: “We are really excited about this venture and looking forward to finally having a place where anyone with an interest in gaming can get together and play games, compete, or watch streamed tournaments. “It’s going to expand the gaming community in Aberdeen.” Those interested can stay up to date by following the Facebook page of Engage Gaming. Evening Express story here.