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Gamers seek funding for a unique venue.

Byline: Tom Houghton Reporter

TWO Cardiff entrepreneurs are aiming to set up what they say will be the country's first gamers' lounge.

Their plan is to open a venue where gamers - whether of the board, computer or console variety - can get together to play, have a drink and tuck into food.

Paul Tristram, 28, and Ben Pattenden, 24, are looking to open the unique venue in late September - and they claim it will be the first of its type in Wales.

If all goes to plan, the opening will be ready for September's incoming student population.

They want to capitalise on visitors for the Rugby World Cup by attracting gamers who play as international rugby sides. They plan to put on multiple tournaments not only for the rugby but also for other sporting tournaments.

The pair hope to secure a venue in Cathays, but are tight-lipped on the exact location.

Inspired by the biggest lounge of its type in the UK, Meltdown in London, the lounge will be called Checkpoint.

They have started a Kickstarter campaign in an attempt to raise PS10,000, which they hope will help get the scheme off the ground.

So far, they have raised more than PS1,600, and have 19 days left to reach their target.

Mr Pattenden said: "At the moment, there's no staple venue for gamers that want to stay at home and play video games but at the same time go out and have a drink with your friends.

"We aim to be the central hub of gaming for the UK where gamers can come from far and wide in order to play and relax and chill with their friends and meet new people."

Checkpoint will offer console, PC and board games.

The pair began working on the scheme last year and are now working alongside organisations such as Governmentfunded entrepreneurial advisers Big Ideas, who are backing the campaign.

And so far, they are pleased with the progress the project has been making.

Mr Tristram said: "It's going really well.

"We have done a lot of research on gaming lounges and they don't seem to be very successful, but we have already surpassed the numbers we were hoping for.

"We have got 16 days to go and are aiming for a great push from sponsors to get it.

"It's been an unbelievable journey so far."

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Ben Pattenden, 24, left, and Paul Tristram, 28, are looking to start their own gamers' lounge in Cardiff

A sketch of how the |gamers' lounge could look

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 13, 2015
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