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Grinding the GG at Mall of America

By Todd R. Berger

Wisdom Gaming at Mall of America provides a space for gammers to gather and play. CREDIT Wisdom Gaming

There is no need to worry if you don’t understand the title of this article. Video gamers at Wisdom Gaming Studios at Mall of America in Bloomington might take repetitive actions to achieve their desired outcome while gaming—known as “grinding”—and send a message of GG at the end of a match, telling other players that it was a “good game.” That said, you don’t need to know such video game lingo to host an event at the studios— but without a doubt, if you do stage your gathering there, you will immerse your group in competitive gaming at Minnesota’s only full-service video game production studio, esports broadcaster, tournament organization company, and esports bar.

“Wisdom Gaming Studios is the best place to experience esports in Minnesota, whether you want to sit and enjoy a live event at our esports bar, The High Ground, or take advantage of our top-of-the-line production space,” says Jaycie Gluck, senior vice president at Wisdom Gaming Inc., the studio’s parent company. “For nongamers, Wisdom Gaming Studios is the perfect place to learn more about esports and find out why so many people love gaming. They can watch the best esports in the world, [and] they can compete with their friends or colleagues in a variety of video games in one of our gaming pods.”

There are multiple spaces within the studios to host events, including The High Ground, which has a capacity of 221 standing; the Sound Stage, which can accommodate up to 271 people and includes professional video equipment and a green screen; and several smaller rooms filled with gaming computers. The High Ground has five big screens featuring esports and two gaming pods rentable by the hour. The food menu is largely pub food, and drinks are heavy on craft cocktails and Minnesota beers. Food and drink are not allowed in the rooms with professional video equipment, and regularly scheduled gaming events at the studios are open to the public.

Whether you come to grind it out or not, Wisdom Gaming Studios is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind event venue.