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San Jose, CA Video Games
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Video Games + Beer + Friends = AFK Gamer Lounge

San Jose, CA Video Games
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AFK Gamer Lounge is the next level of gaming: Real-World & Social! 

Art by: Angelica Velasco,  Stephanie Murri
Art by: Angelica Velasco, Stephanie Murri

 Our facility features a video game LAN center for PC and console gaming, an Esports Bar section for viewing of competitive gaming, and a lounge for offline socializing and strategizing. Together we can aim to build a vibrant community of social gaming that takes place in the real world!

Our Story Began with a Problem...

Most gamers understand that the image of the anti-social teenage boy playing video games alone in his room is dead wrong! In reality gamers today are all ages, genders, and extremely social. The real problem is that our favorite activity keeps us tethered to our desks and TVs at home, primarily interacting with our fellow video game enthusiasts via the Internet; we want to change this!

The AFK Solution

A dedicated space for gaming: Just think of the possibilities!

Art by: Angelica Velasco, Stephanie Murri
Art by: Angelica Velasco, Stephanie Murri

The LAN gaming area, the bar, and the lounge are simply the platform; the real exciting part is how we as a community will use the space. Everything from tournaments to launch parties is fair game. And why stop there? How about a showcasing of the most cutting-edge, scifi-esque  gaming technology or a meet-and-greet with a professional gaming team? There is no end to the potential that gamers have when they come together, so lets make it happen together at AFK.

Read more about "The Idea" here on our website..

This Kickstarter

There are plenty of ways for you to help bring AFK to life. We recommend starting with a donation, but please also consider telling a friend or twenty about to check us out too!

Help AFK By..

  • Liking our Facebook page  
  • Telling all your friends about AFK  
  • Following us on Twitter  
  • Telling all your buddies about AFK  
  • Try and get AFK on the frontpage of Reddit  
  • Tell all your pals about AFK
  • AND PLEASE DONATE!

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The Esports Pro Shop at AFK has specialty gaming gear and esports merchandise normally found only online
The Esports Pro Shop at AFK has specialty gaming gear and esports merchandise normally found only online

Pledge Packages

Below is the complete list of our pledge packages:

Some fine print: 

-For the 1v1 and 2v2 matches, the chosen game must have a reasonable duration (aka no Sid Meier's Civilization V on Epic Game Length).

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What's this "Pass" Thing?

An AFK Pass is how we organize users who want to play video games at AFK. The Pass will let you log into the PCs at AFK and remember your personal settings.

Why does AFK use these?

Because after talking to hundreds of gamers, one of the main pieces of feedback we heard was a request for an unlimited play time option. The gamers we talked to did not want hourly charges, as in the LAN center norm.

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The Kickstarter Level-Up System

Every aspect of AFK Gamer Lounge reflects the gamers who created it; including out Kickstarter! Here's how the mini-game we created for this Kickstarter is played:

  • When you pledge to AFK, you get an amount of Experience Points associated with your pledge package.
  • As you check out, you choose how to assign those points into one of the 3 aspects of AFK (shown below).
  • Each square represents a possible feature at AFK Gamer Lounge. By reaching the necessary amount of points in a square, backers "unlock" that feature at AFK.
  • Feature squares must be unlocked from top-down and meet the prerequisite feature squares in order to get to bigger, better unlocks.

Instructions in Picture Form:

The purpose of the Level-Up AFK system is twofold: To involve our backers in the process of building AFK and to discover which features are most important to our future customers. 

\\some important notes about the XP mini-game: In order to completely level-up (which would be awesome!) this Kickstarter would have to hit multiple stretch-goals; points can be distributed any way you want such as all in one square or into multiple features; this game is a guideline for what the AFK team will implement, however, unforeseen circumstances may cause an unlocked feature to become unfeasible -and- some locked features may be implemented anyway if there's a good reason to and we have the money to do so.\\

There are 3 aspects of AFK to Level Up

Use the points you get from pledging to level up the Bar, Lounge, or LAN aspects of AFK. These features are upgraded during the Kickstarter, and this graphic will be updated daily. 

After you've pledged, click this image to cast your vote

OR click HERE to spend your Experience Points and level-up AFK!

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Risks and challenges

The main risks for AFK Gamer Lounge are permits and unforeseen costs:

Permits: Although our team has done extensive research on which laws and permits apply to our future establishment, sometimes the bureaucracy of starting a new business can slow and full of red tape. To mitigate these issues, we have a number of professionals advising us throughout the process. If we do encounter some huge legal issue, we'll be straightforward with you, the backers, about how this will affect us opening.

Unforeseen costs: This category of risk includes things like the building we lease not having the wiring we need to support 100 gaming computers. Naturally, we try to anticipate these issues to avoid them completely, but there might be something costly that pops up along the way. If this happens, AFK will keep backers updated.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $10 reward

    8 backers Limited (42 left of 50)

    Local College Special

    •One month of AFK All-Access Pass

    •1 Experience Point

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $11 reward

    8 backers Limited (992 left of 1000)

    The 1-on-1

    •A 1-on-1 match in a video game of your choosing with an AFK Founder

    •1 Experience Point to level up AFK below

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $22 reward

    0 backers Limited (1000 left of 1000)

    The 2-on-2

    •A 2-on-2 match vs AFK Founders

    •An "I beat the founders" laptop sticker if you win

    •3 Experience Points

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $25 reward

    23 backers Limited (477 left of 500)

    Brick Builder

    •Your name or username on a brick at AFK, part of a special "Thank You Kickstarter Backers" wall area

    •4 Experience Points

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $35 reward

    7 backers Limited (93 left of 100)

    Big WOW Gamer Special

    •When we're opened next year, there will be a private Big Wow afterparty, and you'll be our VIP guest

    •Plus everything in "Brick Builder", and everything in "AFK All-Access Pass", and a T-Shirt

    •10 Experience Points

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $35 reward

    7 backers Limited (43 left of 50)

    FanimeCon Special

    You're invited to the 2015 Fanime AFK Afterparty as a VIP guest

    Plus everything in "Brick Builder", everything in "AFK All-Access Pass", and a T-shirt

    10 Experience Points to level up AFK with

    *For FanimeCon attendees only

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $40 reward

    27 backers Limited (223 left of 250)

    AFK All-Access (Early Bird)

    •AFK All-Access Pass

    •10 Experience Points to level up AFK with

    •Everything at "Brick Builder" level

    •A "Reported for AFK" T-Shirt

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $40 reward

    0 backers

    Cloth Armor

    •Kickstarter-exclusive "Reported for AFK" T-Shirt

    •5 Experience Points

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $50 reward

    15 backers

    AFK All-Access

    •AFK All-Access Pass

    •10 Experience Points to level up AFK with

    •Everything at "Brick Builder" level

    •A "Reported for AFK" T-Shirt

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $77 reward

    10 backers

    GET LUCKY

    •3 months of AFK All-Access Pass ($150 worth)

    •20 Experience Points

    •Everything in "Brick Builder" and a T-Shirt

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $101 reward

    11 backers

    "Vault Dweller"

    •3 months of AFK All-Access Pass ($150 worth)

    •30 Experience Points

    •A Kickstarter-exclusive "Reported for AFK" hoodie

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $150 reward

    9 backers

    Solo Queue

    •3 months of AFK All-Access Pass

    •60 Experience Points

    •A "Reported for AFK" T-Shirt

    •A 1 on 1 coaching session in any esports Title

    •All of the rewards of the "Brick Builder" level

    •All of the rewards of "The 1-on-1" level

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $250 reward

    4 backers

    Premade 5

    •FIVE 2-Month AFK All Access Passes

    •20 Experience Points Each for 5 People

    •5 AFK Team T-Shirts with YOUR Team Logo/Name

    •A brick in AFK's wall with your team name or logo

    •A full team coaching session in any esports title

    •Play a 5v5 showdown match with AFK staff

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $400 reward

    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    Cosplayer's Dream

    A custom made Cosplay outfit inspired by a character of your choice created by a professional fashion designer. It will look amazing.

    Plus everything in "FanimeCon Special"

    200 Experience Points to level up AFK with

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $800 reward

    3 backers

    I'll Take That One!

    •A Year's Worth of AFK All-Access Pass

    •200 Experience Points

    •One of Each Kickstarter Exclusive Hoodie & T-Shirt

    •Walk out of AFK with Any PC You Want, Yours to Keep!

    •Plus all of the rewards from "The 1-on-1" and "Brick Builder" tiers

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $1,100 reward

    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    The OG Ace Special

    4x (3 month all-access passes) 4x ("Reported for AFK" T-Shirts) 4x (1 on 1 coaching sessions) 4x (Bricks with your name or username on them) and 4x (1-on-1 matches with the Founders of AFK) PLUS 10x (2-month all-access passes), 10x (AFK Team T-Shirts with your Team/Logo), 2x (team coaching sessions in any esports title), and 2x (5v5 showdown matches with AFK staff) and 440 Experience Points

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $2,000 reward

    0 backers

    Cake Party

    •We close down AFK for an afternoon or evening to host your ultimate gaming event with tournaments you control and AFK gear for all of your guests. There will be cake...really.

    •There will be cake...really...

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $2,500 reward

    0 backers

    Flight Simulator

    •We fly you and a guest in from anywhere in the continental US for our Grand Opening event PLUS, you get 2 hoodies, 2 t-shirts, 2 bricks, and a 2v2 match

    •200 Experience Points

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $4,000 reward

    0 backers

    The 40-man Raid

    •(40) One month AFK All-Access passes [to use yourself or to share]

    •(40) AFK T-Shirts with your guild/company/organization's name and logo

    •Everything in "Cake Party"

    •200 Experience Points

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $9,999 reward

    0 backers

    Gold Tier

    •All of the Rewards in the "I'll Take That One!" Level

    •All of the Rewards in the "Cake Party" level

    •A Unique Golden Gaming Keyboard & Mouse

    •A Stately Portrait of You in a Golden Frame at AFK

    Estimated delivery:

Funding period

- (31 days)