Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Hafkin.
Hi Josh, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started in community sports and grew up swimming and competitively playing other sports. It was an amazing introduction to the world of athletics in the community. After my athletic career ended, I got into video game marketing. After a couple of years of doing that, I realized there was a huge opportunity to combine the things I learned from the traditional sports world and apply them to the esports world. And so, in 2018, I started Game Gym.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For Game Gym, the pandemic threw us a curveball, just like it did for many other companies. We were planning to build upon a small but successful in-person summer camp program, but we had to put those plans on hold for two summers in a row. Still, we were able to pivot and offer a variety of virtual programs, including summer camps, while we waited for things to get back to normal (or close to it).
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Game Gym takes a holistic approach to gaming. We believe video games can be positive and healthy. We’re not just training but creating a community in real life. Participants learn important social skills like effective communication and how to accept and receive criticism. We also incorporate physical movement in all of our sessions.
Game Gym offers numerous opportunities for kids to compete and grow as gamers throughout the year. The Triple Crown is a three-part series in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Esports Conference consisting of the Winter Games, Spring Summit, and Summer Bash. Each event features various speakers and workshops, is streamed on Twitch, and benefits Children’s National Hospital. Game Gym has raised more than $36,000 since the inception of The Triple Crown.
Our summer program is extensive. We hold dozens of in-person and virtual camps in Maryland and Virginia in June, July, and August, teaching everything from Minecraft to action games. Our holistic approach ensures children are being stimulated in a healthy and safe environment. Additional services include our online Discord community for gaming tips, giveaways, tournaments, and private one-on-one training. GamGym has also built and is beta testing a new esports training and education app.
More Americans are playing video games than ever before, and esports are on track to become as mainstream as football or basketball. Game Gym wants to set the standard and meet kids and young adults at the game console in a way that reinforces positive habits and enriches their lives.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check?
There isn’t any book or podcast specifically, but it is important to continue your education and get your sources from various places. The more you think one way, your options and creativity will narrow. Expanding your mind and your horizons is important to both business and life.
- In-person summer camps start at $549 per week
- Virtual summer camps are $249 per week
- Website: www.gamegym.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gamegymesports/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gaming/GameGymEsports
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/gamegymesports