The Triangle Area’s Premier Esports Gaming Center

About Contender eSports Cary


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Learn More About Our State-of-the-Art Gaming Center

Contender eSports Cary was opened in October 2020 by Caleb Smith and Vinny Smith. As a top-rated esports gaming center, Contender eSports Cary is The Triangle area’s go-to facility for online gaming training, workshops, tournaments, open play, and more.

 Our productive video gaming center is open from Sunday 12PM-10PM, Monday through Wednesday 2PM-10PM, Thursday 2pm-6pm, Friday 2PM-2AM, and Saturday 11AM-2AM for open play. We host various workshops, camps, and tournaments. We also have our own youth teams for serious gamers looking to play future collegiate or professional esports. 

Sportsmanship & Teamwork

Creativity & Personal Growth

Critical Thinking & Integrity

Our Program’s Benefits

Within Our Program, We Build and Encourage:

  • Sportsmanship
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Personal Growth
  • Critical Thinking
  • Integrity

Contender eSports Cary operates by these core values:

Team First

Customer Focused

Innovative / Continuous Learning


Get Things Done

We believe that education can and should be an enjoyable experience. There is nothing more fun for youth than playing video games. We will introduce them to the early stages of IT, coding, video game design, esports, and more. We have a safe and family-friendly environment.

Our Esports Gaming Facility Features

  • Top-Level Video Gaming & esports Facility
  • 50 Gaming Stations, including PCs & Console
  • Friendly and Experienced Staff

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Our Purpose

Contender eSports Cary is dedicated to building character and life skill development through productive video gaming. We offer a fun, innovative, and educational gaming experience.

The Owners

Caleb Smith

Caleb Smith has been a lifelong gamer and athlete. His competitiveness led to him playing soccer overseas in Germany. Due to his love for video games, he wanted to offer in video gaming what was offered in traditional sports. He truly believes in helping others and that he can grow and develop life skills in young people through video games.

Vinny Smith

Vinny Smith grew up playing video games. It was his love for playing video games that turned his interest to learn how to design and program games. From this beginning, Vinny went on to earn a B.S. in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Academy. While attending the Naval Academy, Vinny was a three sports athlete competing in football, track & field, and boxing. Vinny has a passion for youth growth & development through avenues like productive video gaming.

The Gaming Experience You Deserve!

At Contender eSports Cary, you can expect to always have a fun and educational experience. We’re here to help take your gaming skills to the next level. Contact us today for the gaming experience you deserve.


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




Sun 12PM-10PM

Mon-Wed 2PM-10PM

Thur 2PM-6PM

Fri 2PM-2AM

Sat 11AM-2AM

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