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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT//IGNITE GAMING LOUNGE IGNITE GAMING LOUNGE Written by Shawn Gee Photography by Brenda Hernandez 42 <strong>CUSP</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER ’14 ISSUE
Since 2002, Ignite Gaming Lounge has been the go-to place in Chicago for as a “social gaming experience” as described by a coowner Sam Oanta. Ignite is a place for game enthusiasts to come together and share a space where they can be passionate about their hobbies and meet others who share those same passions. Ignite also offers private Rock Band studios for those who might not be interested in first-person shooting games, but want to share a fun experience with friends. It’s easy to spend the day at the lounge, especially considering their snack bar which has options from paninis to milkshakes. The lounge considers itself to be welcoming of the modern day gamer, while other similar businesses style themselves as more of an oldtime arcade with pinball machines and other games rich with nostalgia. Oanta explains Ignite’s support for niche markets such as Dota 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty, and fighting games for Nintendo, Playstation, and Xbox consoles. Ignite hosts local tournaments and qualifiers for national tournaments which are recorded live on the website Twitch, which allows users to watch the screen that the gamer is using along with their commentary of what they see on the screen. Twitch is a streaming service which was bought by Amazon in September and has over 60 million viewers each month according to their website. ignitegl.com <strong>CUSP</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER ’14 ISSUE 43