Shreveport Left Out of the Top 100 US Cities for Gamers
We've said it before, and we'll say it again, Shreveport is pound for pound one of the geekiest cities in America. We will stand by that as well. Here are some of the credentials we can provide:
7 video game chain locations in the local area
3 independent game stores in the local area
2 stops for comic books
Multiple schools with digital courses and game programming
The birthplace of game franchises like Doom, Quake, Rage (id Software formed in Shreveport)
Shreveport is the home of Geek'd Con, one of the largest pop culture cons in the state of Louisiana
All of this for a region the size of Shreveport/Bossier. So how did this not help Shreveport make WalletHub's list of 2019’s Best Cities for Gamers?
I guess, let's look at their criteria...
"WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 23 key indicators of gamer-friendliness. Our data set ranges from average internet speed to video-game stores per capita to number of esports tournaments. Read on for the winners, gamer advice and industry insight from a panel of experts, and our full methodology."
Maybe it's internet speed? Which is disappointing for an area with a major Air Force installation, colleges, a med school, and Government support industries.
But as far as "Gamer Developer Opportunities" go, with the level of training available in our area in those fields, on a per capita level, there's no way Shreveport is outside of the top 100.
But it's not our list, so we can just sit here and make our case. At least we know that Shreveport is better than what they say.