Pandemic triggers Philly-based gamers to launch esports summer camp

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced many traditional, outdoor summer camps to close their doors for the season. But the door to esports is wide open.

Philly-based gaming company Nerd Street Gamers partnered with Butler University to give kids a full day of esports, with popular games like “Fortnite,” “League of Legends” and “Overwatch.”

“This is an opportunity for students to come together, to learn how to game, to develop personal skills like leadership, communication, teamwork, and decision-making, and to better themselves as gamers,” said Christian Kunkel, director of university partnerships. 

Kunkel said this summer camp program — called Camp Localhost — was created as a “direct response” to the pandemic.

“You'll have drills, you'll have video review, you'll have strategy sessions, you'll be learning about how to get better at the game and how to work together as a team,” she added. “We also have opportunities for them to learn from Butler students and Butler coaches — what it's like to be recruited in a collegiate esports program.”

Campers will hear from industry leaders and also be coached by college players.

“There is a holistic format where we're driving curricular engagement, competition, and fostering community engagement as well,” said Eric Kammeyer, director of esports and gaming technology at Indianapolis-based Butler University.

Kids from all across the country can partake in the online summer camp. Registration is open.