CUSP Magazine: Winter Issue 2014

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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

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