Education, Sports and Gaming Combine at Tampa’s New ESport Club

Over 200 universities across the United States now offer esports scholarships and professional gamers are earning millions. Soon there will be a place in Tampa to prepare your kids for the growing competition.

It’s called ESports Players Club and has dozens of powerful computers with every game co-founders Alex Matzkin and his brother Josh could cram into this one-of-a-kind business at 1802 W Kennedy Boulevard.

ESports Players Club staff will teach games, graphic design and video editing. Alex says the teaching and coaching experience will be a big part of what the ESports Players Club will be.

“All of our guys are definitely extremely experienced players, but extremely effective teachers,” says Alex.

He and Josh are Tampa natives and Berkeley Prep graduates who have found success in other entrepreneurial ventures. This is their first entry into game education.

The ESports Players Club offers an arena-style atmosphere to get kids socializing, which is sometimes harder than gaming, according to Alex.

“It’s really important for kids, especially in the younger generation, where they have these amazing technical skills. I think where they start to lack is in social skills. We put them in a social environment healthy to do so” says Alex.

It’s membership-based, like a gym; $149 per month includes any number of classes or tournament entries. You can also purchase a day pass for $30.

Children 10 years and older can be on site without an adult. There is no upper age limit. Adult participants play in a separate play area.

Alex says demand increases as the game becomes more lucrative.

“The 2019 Fortnight champion won $3 million for this tournament, the same year Tiger Woods won the Masters. He won $2 million,” says Alex.

He says taking play lessons can give your child a head start.

“They can have fun here and really learn something. I think we can tick a lot of boxes,” he said.

They plan spring break camps, summer training camps, and after-school classes.

The grand opening is scheduled for February 5. For more information visit www.esportsplayersclub.com

Sam D. Gomez