The Triangle Area’s Premier Educational Video Gaming Center

About Contender Esports Cary


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Contender Esports

Learn More About our Educational Video 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 educational video gaming center is open from Sunday 12PM-10PM, Monday through Thursday 2PM-10PM, Friday 2PM-12AM, and Saturday 11AM-12AM for open play. We host various camps and birthday party packages. We also have youth teams for those interested in an extracurricular activity.

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 | Vinny and Caleb Smith, owners

Contender Esports Cary operates by these core values:

Action Driven
Growth Oriented
Surpassing Goals
Innovative Learning
Developing Excellence

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. Having years of experience in both competing and coaching in the traditional sports world, Caleb saw the importance of youth development and character building. Due to his love for video games, he wanted to offer in video gaming what was offered in traditional sports. Caleb had a mission to be a trailblazer in the industry and revolutionize esports though youth development and esports education. He truly believes in helping others and that he can grow and develop life skills in young people while destigmatizing gaming.

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’s leadership ability led him to be elected Class Secretary by his peers at the Naval Academy. He then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Management and a PhD in Business Management while serving as an Intelligence Officer in the Navy. From his experience, Vinny believes there are many components of video gaming that will help young people with their studies in school and help them develop as leaders. This is why he is so passionate about what Contender Esports Cary has to offer youth.

The Educational Gaming Experience You deserve!

At Contender Esports Cary, you can expect to always have a fun and educational experience. Contact us today for the educational gaming experience you deserve.


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




Sun 12PM-10PM

Mon-Thu 2PM-10PM

Fri 2PM-12AM

Sat 11AM-12AM

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