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Problem Worth Solving:

Imagine: It’s Saturday and you're resident in the Des Moines metro area, aged 8-30 years old looking for something to do. It's January, so there aren't many outdoor activities you can partake in. What do you do? You could go bowling, but let's be honest, you can only go bowling so many times before you get the desire for something new and exciting. How about catch a movie? Sure, if you feel like spending $50 for two tickets, a large popcorn, and a large soda. If your age is appropriate, you may feel inclined to meet at a bar with your friends to have a few drinks.

Aside from these three situations, and other various events that happen infrequently, what else is there to do around the Des Moines area that is low-cost, fun, and an exciting, unique experience, at a state-of-the-art complex? 

Our solution:

Hot Drop Gaming will provide endless entertainment for consumers of all ages by giving them the opportunity to customize their own gaming experience in a friendly, competitive, or group environment.

Hot Drop Gaming Center:
    "A social gaming experience designed to bring you the greatest games on premium gear."


The key elements of Hot Drop Gaming’s concept are as follows: 

· Gaming themes—The company will focus on themes that have mass appeal. A variety of games will be available ranging from “War-Based” battle games, sports games, role playing games, and much more.  

· Distinctive design features— HDGC will stand out because of the elaborate interior decoration that simulates a "Control Center" as can be seen in futuristic Hollywood movies.  

· Location, Location, Location—One of the major strengths that HDGC will have is its careful choice of location in a highly-visible area with plenty of parking, as well as complementary businesses close by such as restaurants, bars, and shopping areas. When you combine that with the fact that we have no direct competition within a 200-mile radius and that Ankeny is in the top 5 for fastest growing cities in the entire U.S.; you have the perfect recipe for success. 

· Variety— Aside from the “meat and potatoes” of the business which is daily hourly sales, we will also offer Virtual Reality rooms, Party rooms, Live Streaming rooms, competitive tournaments, prizes, and other social events. We will be an outlet for both the casual and competitive gaming community.

· Top-of-the-line Hardware— HDGC will provide the highest-end hardware on which the network and its components will run, to ensure a first-class entertainment experience. 

· Exceptional Service— In order to reach and maintain a unique image of quality, HDGC will provide attentive and friendly service through the careful selection of service personnel and will also invest in the training and supervision of its employees. We estimate a staff of four to five will be sufficient to ensure that customer needs are well looked after. We are designing a position called “Customer Success Manager” who’s sole responsibility is to make sure all customers are having a great time, are happy with the service we provide, answer any questions or concerns they may have, and assist with any technical issues customers may face while gaming.  

Competition

Current alternatives:

We do not have any direct competitors in the state of Iowa. There are other gaming centers similar to ours across the United States, however, the closest locations are in Kansas City, Chicago, and Omaha.
 

The only businesses in the area that are somewhat similar to ours are arcade/bars such as Operating room and Up-Down. 

Our advantages:

While we may share the aspect of “gaming socially” with arcade-bars like Operating Room and Up-Down, that is the only similarity. Hot Drop Gaming offers the newest games on premium quality computer, gaming console, and Virtual Reality systems. Any seasoned gamer understands that there is a massive difference between playing pinball and playing on a professional gaming system. From a quality standpoint, comparing HDGC to an arcade-bar is like comparing a fast-food restaurant to a 5-star fine-dining restaurant. 

We do not sell alcohol at our establishment so that will appeal to both the younger crowd (especially with their parents) and the gaming community. Another advantage we have on the competition is that we provide the best-of-the-best equipment in every aspect of the gaming experience including sound system, network speeds, comfortable surrounding and personal gaming chairs, clean environment, abundance of monitors, TV's and projection screens, and even high-end merchandise. Arcade-bars face issues which cramped spaces, sticky floors and dirty tables from spilled drinks, and dealing with inebriated guests. Our facility will be clean at all times and with a building over 5,000 sqft, running out room for customers will never be an issue. 

Team

HDGC is a collaboration from Wouter Daemen and Jevohn Miller. 

Wouter (Co-Owner) graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2013 with a degree in Business Management. His professional experience for the past 6 years has been in sales and IT recruiting. Wouter will oversee sales, social media, finance, inventory management, human resources, and assist with daily operations. 

Jevohn (Co-Owner) graduated from Iowa State University in 2015 with a degree in Marketing and Business Management. His professional experience the past 5 years has been in sales, marketing, team management. Jevohn will oversee daily operations, customer engagement and support, marketing, and employee management.

We are avid gamers and have been for as long as we've been able to hold a controller. Deep level of knowledge in video games and gaming systems from decades of experience. We are both able to pick up new games very quickly and will use our experience to provide insight to our clientele. Our true passion for video games is what ultimately drives us to want to develop the most state-of-the-art gaming center in the Midwest. 

OUR MISSION

Our mission/motivation is to give video gamers an opportunity to be part of a community where they have fun, socialize, and compete with their peers. We strive to give everyone a chance to chase their dreams, no matter their age. And we want to do that by giving them a platform, with the proper support. Currently, their is not a platform for Midwest adults or kids to go after that dream, therefor all it remains is a dream. We aim to make that dream a reality. 

"The premier social gaming experience designed to bring the greatest games on professional-quality systems to people of all ages." -HOT DROP GAMING

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is the initial investment cost. We want to provide a premier state of the art experience for all individuals and all of this cost is pricey. It is expensive because the necessary equipment to give this experience is state of the art. We want to give everyone a state of the art, one of a kind experience because not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to do that personally for themselves.

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