Contender Esports cary

The Educational Gaming Experience for Youth

Contender Esports in Cary, NC offers a fun, innovative, and educational approach to the gaming world. Our location serves as the premier Educational Video Gaming Center for the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area).

Contender Esports Cary Gaming Center

Contender Esports Cary was opened in October 2020 by Caleb Smith (a lifelong gamer and athlete) and Vinny Smith (computer programmer). Contender Esports Cary is dedicated to building character and life skill development through productive video gaming. Caleb, Vinny, and the entire staff are committed to creating premier youth development experiences in order to create pathways for youth in STEM careers.

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Contender Esports

We Have What You Need to Succeed

At Contender Esports Cary, we pride ourselves on having a state-of-the art gaming center with an experienced staff dedicated to helping gamers reach their goals. Whether you’re looking to make a career out of online video gaming or strengthen your skills to compete against your friends, we have everything you need to make the most of your online gaming experience.

What We Offer:

In addition to esports, we can also introduce you to the early stages of IT, coding, video game design, and more.

An educational youth gaming center

Building Character & Developing Life Skills

games. Parents love when their children are learning and participating in productive activities. At Contender Esports Cary we merge learning and playing video games while building character and life skills development. We accomplish this through our educational and esports camps, workshops, and teams.

When a youth participates in any of our programs, they:

  • Will take frequency breaks at least every 45 minutes.
  • Are encouraged to bring a water bottle and stay hydrated.
  • Will learn proper stretching techniques to prevent long-term injury.
  • Go outside for fresh air and light physical activity.
  • Will learn sportsmanship and and how to be a good teammate.
  • Will learn how to analyze their performance and become solution oriented.
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Educational Video Gaming

Building Character and Life Skills

Friendly & Experienced Staff

Let’s Begin!

Ready to start your educational video gaming experience?

If you’re interested in your child beginning their journey in educational video gaming, our team at Contender Esports Cary is here to help set you up for success. We will gladly answer any of your questions. Contact us today to experience everything that Contender Esports Cary has to offer.

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Summer & Track Out Camps Are Available!

We offer STEM-focused esports camps with single-day, 3-day and 5-day options. Promoting a balance between screen time and physical activity, our camps include STEM education, esports training and outdoor activities, and are offered weekly! See our video to learn more about our track out camps, and be sure to visit the Track Out Camps page to learn more!

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Waverly Place Shopping Center
316 Colonades Way 108C
Cary, NC 27518




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Mon-Thu 2PM-10PM

Fri 2PM-12AM

Sat 11AM-12AM

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