Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa. – A group of college buddies have turned their hobby into a booming business.

Altoona Gaming started this spring as a tournament among friends.

“We figured we were on to something and we could do it bigger and better,” said co-owner Cody Frederick.

After opening up shop in Blair County in March, they quickly outgrew the space and moved into a storefront on the second floor of the Johnstown Galleria mall.

“A place where you can not just sit in your room all day, but see the person you’re playing next to you. That draws people in. They like the social interaction as well as the gaming,” Frederick said.

The gaming lounge offers Xbox, Playstation and Wii U. They also host tournaments almost every weekend, which attract gamers from West Virginia, Maryland and even Delaware.

Frederick’s favorite is the virtual reality technology.

“The coolest thing we have I think is the Oculus Rift. It’s just so advanced, it’s hard not to get lost in it,” said Frederick.

With the video gaming world taking off, Frederick said they’re ready to take their business to the next level.

“It’s a very big thing right now. It’s a shift,” Frederick said. “People are going more towards gaming than other activities at this point.”



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