I am on my way home from a tech conference and I am flying back home through the Dallas Fort-Worth Airport.
As I was making my way to the B Terminal and after coming down the escalator from the Skylink train, I came across a Gameway entertainment location. Of course when you see games like PUBG, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Fortnite, and others on the screen as a gamer it catches your attention.
It is not abnormal to see unique shops to visit while travelling but I had never seen such a high end layout just for gaming.
I asked the attendant, who turned out to be an 8 year Navy veteran (thanks for your service shipmate!), about the setup he explained that DFW is the only location these facilities are currently running. They have a location in Terminal B and E here at DFW.
The gaming stations are made up of Xbox One X’s with 43″ 4K TVs, controllers, noise cancelling headphones, leather chairs, and a spot to not only charge your own electronics between flights but to also store your carry on bags while you relax for some gaming.
Each console currently has about 21 games to choose from:
- FIFA 18
- Madden NFL 18
- Madden NFL 19
- Battlefield 1
- Forza Horizon 3
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
- NBA 2K18
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Plant and Zombies GW2
- Monster Hunter World
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- State of Decay 2
- Rocket League
- Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition
- Call of Duty WWII
- PlayerUnknowns Battle Grounds (PUBG)
- Dead Rising 4
The way the system works is that you pay for a window of gaming on the console. Their current pricing scheme is like this:
- $10.99 for 30 minutes
- $19.99 for 60 minutes
- $34.99 for 120 minutes
- $44.99 for unlimited time
They also have some snacks and cold drinks to complete the entire package. Their hours are set however, if there are significant flight delays or weather issues that will keep people in the airport longer they will adjust closing time to accommodate more gaming.
The facility has received a lot of media coverage since its July 2018 launch including several articles from local Dallas media but also Variety and Bloomberg have chimed in on the business model.
I love creative concepts like this – good luck Gameway!