A news esports venue is coming to Des Moines

Southridge Mall will soon be home to a new gaming business that will host e-sports leagues and tournaments, along with casual play hours and watch parties.

The new gaming arena, DSM Gaming Club, will have ten gaming PCs and several gaming consoles, along with a lounge area for hosting watch parties for different e-sports events.

“You’ll be able to come in and play by the hour or we’ll have tournaments and leagues as well,” said Daniel Ralston, founder and owner of DSM Gaming Club.

Once opened, the public will be able to use the space for $5 an hour or for $15 per day. The club will also offer monthly memberships for $300 a year. Members will have discounted hourly rates and also have access to tournaments and leagues.

Ralston says the competitions and leagues will going to be whatever the top esports games are at the current moment. “Right now that’s Call of Duty, League of Legends, Rocket League, and other battle royale games.”

“We’re shooting for 100 members within a year of operation,” said Ralston.

DSM Gaming Club is one of several new businesses in a coworking space called Runway Studios, located at Southridge Mall, including a virtual reality gaming arena called RezBlue Arena.

The space is expected to open to the public later this month, Ralston told Clay & Milk. In the meantime, the club is hosting weekly virtual events.