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About

What is Checkpoint?

Checkpoint is a gaming lounge for passionate and casual gamers alike; fans of PC, console, handheld and board/card gaming come together to enjoy casual or competitive gaming in a friendly and social environment.

We combine all of the best parts of your typical gaming café or LAN centre and mix it with the exciting environment and great food and drink you would come expect from a modern day lounge. Checkpoint will also hold regular tournaments held by both us and external tournament organisers. Got a tournament you want to hold? Then let us know and we can book a selection of our PCs or consoles out for you so you can compete against your friends...or better yet, let us organise it for you!

Whether you are a hardcore gamer who wants to climb the ranks alongside your team mates whilst drinking and having fun, or if you want to pop in between lectures or business meetings to destroy opponents and blow off steam during lunch, Checkpoint is sure to provide an experience unrivaled by any other spot in Cardiff.

If you are an Esports fan then you will know the pain of sitting at home and watching the video games you love whilst wishing that you could enjoy these games on the big screen in the same way that traditional sports are watched. Well now there is a place that you can! Checkpoint will host multiple wide screen TVs and projectors that will stream all of the hottest Esports. These TVs are dedicated to the viewing of Esports  so what every you want to watch in the gaming world will be shown on our screen. Checkpoint will be number one place to hold your tournaments, parties, University socials and events that will be completely different from anywhere else in Cardiff.

What will we provide at Checkpoint?

Loyalty Card

 As gamers we love to level up, gather loot, collect coins and unlock rewards. We want your experience at Checkpoint to reflect that and so we have come up with a loyalty scheme that not only rewards you for gaming with us, but turns every visit into a game of its own. An experience points (EXP) loyalty card will enable you to gain EXP as you spend time in checkpoint. these experience points will level up your account, unlocking in store bonuses as you increase in level. The higher level you are, the more rewards that will be available to you. Alongside being able to level up your Checkpoint membership, you will also be able to earn unique CheckPoints that can be used for exclusive in-store purchases and game time. 

Alcohol and Soft Drinks

Checkpoint will be serving up a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for our customers to enjoy whilst they are playing or watching games. Alcoholic drinks are great to enjoy while watching sports amongst friends. and now with this venue you will be able to experience that same atmosphere while watching Esports along side other Esports fans. We will also have a range of fun, game themed cocktails for those who just want to kick back and relax.

Non-alcoholic soft drinks will be avaliable to those who want to keep their head in the game or stay refreshed for long gaming sessions.  

Food Sales

Customers can choose from our wide selection of items on the menu that are designed around ease of eating. items on our menu will be either bite sized, cut of or skewered for your eating convenience to enable you to game for longer whilst staying fueled. 

 PC gaming 

We will have high-spec computers so that we can run the latest games on the highest settings, giving you the best gaming experience. These PCs will have the most popular single and multiplayer games on the market pre-installed so that all you have to do is log in and play!

 Console Gaming

Checkpoint will feature a variety of different consoles for you to enjoy playing: From retro consoles like the N64 to the modern day PS4 and Xbox one. There is currently nowhere in Cardiff that caters for groups of console players who wish to grab a controller and challenge their mates; we wish to change that!

 Tournaments, Activity and Parties

 We will be organising our own tournaments as well as hosting tournaments, University socials and parties for people around Cardiff who are looking for a venue that is aimed towards those who love gaming. We will also be holding board and card gaming tournaments which will be powered by Rules of Play Cardiff!

Esports 

As a dedicated gaming lounge we will be streaming all the biggest games and tournaments in Esports from across the world, right to Checkpoint. If you also have a favourite streamer/channel, then come down and we will put the stream up on one of our dedicated Esports TVs.

WiFi

Customers are welcome to use our in store WiFi for free, so they can play hand held, laptop or mobile games against each other without having to worry about data usage. customers are also free to come in and use the facilities to browse the Internet.

Theme 

In our experience of LAN and gaming centers, they are often dark with computers facing against the wall and it makes it easy to forget that you are actually in a room full of people who share the same passion as you! We want to create a brighter, open and social atmosphere that is synonymous with our own lounges we all game in from home but on a much larger scale. We want to create a comfortable environment where you can get the gaming experience that you want. Whether that is sitting quietly  in a booth playing hearthstone with a new found rival or playing Mario Party in a large group on one of our projected screens.

Below are some sketches that capture the lounge-like feel that we want to create. These awesome sketches were provided to us by Hannah Collins of House of Zinthos. check out more of their stuff at www.houseofzinthos.com
Consoles/Lounge
Consoles/Lounge
Food Drink and Esports
Food Drink and Esports
PC Gaming
PC Gaming

Where we are now, and why we need you 

We have been working alongside organisations such as Big Ideas Wales and Business in focus to make this project come alive. We have a number of funding options available to make Checkpoint come alive but we have chosen to use Kickstarter for a number of reasons. 


Kickstarter enables us to reward our future customers by offering them exclusive access to the venue and to some great rewards before the venue has opened. The more money that is raised from the Kickstarter means the less money will have to be found elsewhere. This means less overheads from things such as bank loans and more money going into the gaming lounge to expand and upgrade our venue and computer systems.

The money raised from the Kickstarter will “kick-start” the gaming lounge. Although we have been working on this project for a while now, coming up with awesome events, doing our market research and creating a unique experience for the gamers of the UK, all that is in our way from putting the plans into action is the funding. The £10,000 raised from the Kickstarter will enable us to start putting in serious offers to venue and from then on we can start designing the interior of the lounge to make sure there is room for everyone to play what they want when they want. £10,000 alone won’t be enough to fund the entire project though. We can take this money to the bank and take out a business loan that will help out with buying all the equipment, consoles, and stock that we will need to make Checkpoint the perfect place to hang out eat drink and play games.

Risks and challenges

Checkpoint has been in-development for around 10 months and the business plan has been meticulously thought through and all of the potential risks have been evaluated and addressed. This does not mean that there not still obstacles in our way; one of these obstacles is a venue.

If our Kickstarter is successfully funded then we can use the money raised to secure a venue to make Checkpoint as perfect as possible for customers. Once this has happened, we have the means at hand to create Checkpoint!

We have a lot in store for any gamers who wish to use us. We hope to see you soon!

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    Thank you very much for showing an interest! we will add you to our mailing list to keep you up to date with how the project is progressing!

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    You will get you early access to our Checkpoint loyalty card pre-loaded with EXP and 2000 CheckPoints. This will be enough to get you an hour of free gaming!*

    *All Checkpoint loyalty cards offered in the Kickstarter campaign will be automatically pre-loaded with 2000 CheckPoints*

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    £20 will enable you to access Checkpoint Gaming Lounge before any one else during our two week beta testing period and take advantage of unlimited gaming access free of charge for a whole day of your choice!

    You will also receive one of our early access loyalty cards.

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    Ever had a great drink idea that you would want to see on a menu?

    Well for £30 you can name a drink to be sold on our premises! It can be an alcoholic or a soft drink, the choice is yours!*

    You will also get early access to our Checkpoint loyalty card that is pre-loaded with EXP and a bonus 2000 CheckPoints.

    *Nothing offensive please!*

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    Living in Wales we know exactly how chilly it can get, so we are offering exclusive Checkpoint hoodies!*

    You will also get early access to our Checkpoint loyalty card pre-loaded with EXP and a bonus 4000 CheckPoints.

    *Colours, designs and size ranges coming soon!*

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    For £55, you can be a platinum beta tester for Checkpoint.

    This will enable you to access Checkpoint Gaming Lounge before any one else and take advantage of unlimited gaming access free of charge for two weeks before the lounge opens. This is valued at £140

    You will also get early access to our Checkpoint loyalty card that is pre-loaded with EXP and a bonus 4000 CheckPoints.

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    Pledge £90 or more About $142

    Want to wear your Checkpoint hoodie while beta testing?

    £90 will get you one of our Checkpoint hoodies as well as 2 weeks premium BETA testing!

    You will also get early access to a Checkpoint loyalty card with a bonus 4000 CheckPoints on your loyalty card.

    *Hoodies can be collected in store*

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    Become immortalised and have your name on Checkpoints walls for everyone to see!

    For £100 you will have your name and IGN (or message of your choosing) engraved onto a 10x25cm personal slate so that everyone can see how much you have helped to create Checkpoint.

    See “New tiers update” on 1st of July for pictures.

    You will also get early access to a Checkpoint loyalty card with a bonus 6000 CheckPoints on your loyalty card.

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    For £140 you will get your own personal slate on the wall for all to see, along with a Checkpoint hoodie.

    You will also get early access to a Checkpoint loyalty card with a bonus 6000 CheckPoints on your loyalty card.

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    For £155 you will get your own personal slate on the wall for all to see, along with 2 weeks premium BETA testing.

    You will also get early access to a Checkpoint loyalty card with a bonus 6000 CheckPoints on your loyalty card.

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    Pledge £190 or more About $299

    For £190 you will get your own personal slate on the wall for all to see, along with 2 weeks premium BETA testing AND a checkpoint hoodie!
    You will also get early access to a Checkpoint loyalty card with a bonus 6000 CheckPoints on your loyalty card.

    *Hoodies can be collected in store*

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    This will greatly contribute to the cost of one of our gaming PC's and so we think that it is only fitting that you should be able to name the gaming station. This can be your birth name, IGN or Steam name; the choice is yours!

    That's not all!

    You will also get 3 months free gaming at Checkpoint, along with a Checkpoint hoodie and a whopping 10,000 bonus CheckPoints on your loyalty card!

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,575

    £1000 would be a huge amount of money to us and so we would love to help you out too.

    We would like to offer a year long sponsorship deal tailor made to you, your company, your Esports team or any venture that you may have that could benefit from working with us here at checkpoint! This could be selling your product, providing a space for your company, advertising, discounted computer usage, you name it!

    For more information on how we can work together in the future, and build this reward around you, please get in touch.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $7,874

    a £5,000 donation would be amazing to us and really make a huge difference in our quest to get Checkpoint Gaming Lounge up and running!

    In addition to a year long sponsorship deal, we will dedicate one night entirely to you. You can book out the whole venue and invite all your friends to have a private party in your honor! You will have unlimited access to all gaming facilities and whatever it is that you desire!

    We will also put £500 behind the bar to be used to purchase food and drinks as you wish.
    This would also be great for anyone planning a big party for their office, company or Christmas party.

    As an additional thank you for your generous donation, we will also be giving you a years unlimited gaming at Checkpoint!

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Funding period

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