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Gaming event coming to The Woodlands Event Center this weekend

February 5, 2019

This weekend, video games, board games and physical games are poised to take over the Event Center in The Woodlands Town Center as GoGames360 comes to town.

It’s the second such event in The Woodlands, but the first time the three-day game-fest is taking place at the Event Center. On the schedule for the Feb. 8-10 event are Fortnite and Overwatch video game tournaments set up by Microsoft employees, a tabletop arena to play games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Pokemon and opportunities to play dodgeball and bubble soccer.

Stephanie Nakano, one of the volunteers who started this Texas-wide concept three years ago, said they aim to have something for everyone to play.

“During the day, it’s geared toward families and children in middle school and below. After 6 p.m., we tend to play more mature games, so that’s more focused on high school students and adults,” Nakano said. “It’s a place for families to come and have fun together.”

Nakano also said they’re excited to bring the event back to The Woodlands.

“It’s like a hub. The Woodlands feels like you get the small town vibe but also it’s a thriving city,” she said.

Nakano said that The Woodlands Township’s Parks and Recreation Director Chris Nunes was instrumental in helping her get the weekend going at the Event Center.

Last year, the township’s board of directors challenged Nunes’ department to identify ways to use the Event Center space once the ice rink portion ended in mid-January. The township can utilize the space until mid-March, so they needed to bring in some other events.

“I started doing research on different and unique programs and services that could be offered that we’ve never done before,” Nunes said.

That’s how he connected with Nakano and got the ball rolling. Nunes’ hope for this weekend is that a lot of people come out and use the facility to experience The Woodlands.

“Our goal is to try to figure out how to maximize spaces for the benefit of our community,” Nunes said.

jane.stueckemann@chron.com

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