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“Creating a Community with Xanadu Games”
Located just outside of Baltimore, Xanadu Games is a small video game venue that has sparked a
community of gamers across multiple states. Opening its doors in 2006, Xanadu Games was a grassroots
movement headed by Calvin “GimR” Lofton and his brother, Matthew “Aposl” Lofton, based around
their love of one particular fighting game – Super Smash Bros. The brothers were the hosts of weekly
tournaments, held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with each day being home to a different
game, all while streaming each event for hundred to sometimes thousands of viewers online.
Over time, these weekly tournaments developed to attract more than just the Baltimore area.
At their peak, games would have between 300 to 350 entrants, with players coming from all over
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Delaware. The effects of Calvin and Matthew
Lofton were felt through the rest of the country in time, as other popular tournament organizers would
reach out to have their channel stream even larger, international tournaments spanning multiple days
and thousands of players. At their height, they were even invited to host a special event in Dubai to
help raise awareness for their growing gaming scene.
However, the brothers never forgot their roots. Xanadu Games has remained a small, humble
venue where the tournaments are still held weekly. That is until March, where the venue will be closing
its doors after one final weekend tournament to celebrate its legacy. With many competitors already
confirmed attendees ranging from recent mainstays to old veterans, this final celebratory tournament is
sure to send Xanadu Games off on a good note.
Yet there is hope for this community of passionate gamers. While details are still very sparse,
we know that the Lofton brothers still have more in store. They have reassured their fans that they are
not leaving, rather relocating to a new venue. “It is going to be a bigger and better place, and we have a
few surprises. I just don’t want to say too much since we are still working out all the fine details and
don’t want to set up expectations and not deliver,” said Calvin. Until those details are revealed, the
community will be celebrating its grassroots beginnings on Saturday, February 24, 2018.