Corporate communication alumni partner on esports business
DUNMORE, Pa. – Chris Davis and Matt Giombetti have spent countless blissful hours of their lives over a video game console.
Little did they realize, though, that this shared passion would one day spark their entrepreneurial instincts. Earlier this year, the 2019 Penn State Scranton corporate communication graduates took their lifelong love of gaming as the impetus to start their own business, Electric City Esports.
On Monday, Sept. 28, the pair will provide a glimpse inside their business when Davis and Giombetti give a talk as part of the Fall 2020 Virtual Program Series sponsored by the alumni groups from Penn State’s northeast region campuses.
Their presentation, “From Basement Dwellers to Millionaires: How Esports Redefined a Stigma,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Attendees can register for the event at https://bit.ly/PSUNEAlumniEvents. For further information, email ScrantonAlumni@psu.edu.
Davis, 23, of Lake Ariel, and Giombetti, 31, of Peckville, started working on the business at the start of this year. On July 3, they officially launched as a full-functioning LLC, which, Davis joked, “makes us feel pretty fancy.”
Currently, their office is an Archbald house under renovations, equipped with the trappings of any nascent startup venture — desks, Wi-Fi and other bare essentials. That said, they’re offering a full complement of services, with a primary focus on assisting colleges implement and maintain their own esports programs. It’s a trend that’s increasingly catching on, including locally, with Lackawanna College having recently established a team.
The business will also specialize in running local esports leagues and tournaments, coordinating fundraisers — in-person and digital — for non-profit organizations, and providing marketing services to A-level gamers who want to expand their streaming audience.