CHARLOTTE – Level Up: A Camp for Gamers opened registration for the first 200 kids ready to attend a five-day video game summer camp with some of their favorite YouTubers.
It’s the first camp of its kind in Charlotte to offer professional coaching from YouTube stars in a summer camp format.
“Fortnite is the biggest game in the world right now – 3,000,000-plus people play,” said Larry Hubatka, founder of Level Up: A Camp for Gamers. “We wanted to get kids together to play, learn from their heroes and make some new friends who are just like them.”
Too many kids love playing video games and are told it’s not a real skill. Hubatka, a pastor turned marketer and casual gamer, hopes kids leave feeling like playing video games can be a career path or at least a great place to start.
“Last month, Ninja, the most popular Fortnite player online, had more interactions on social media than any athlete in the world – more than Ronaldo, Neymar, Shaq or anyone from MMA,” Hubatka said.
Outside of gaming skills, campers will learn problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership.
Level Up: A Camp for Gamers will be held Aug 6 to 10 at Elevation Blakeney. It’s open to kids ages 10 to 15 of any skill level.
The camp costs $1,000 for five days of coaching and gameplay with friends and YouTube guest coaches, each with more than two million subscribers.
Bismark Squincee LLC is producing the camp and hopes to host similar events across the country.