Detroit’s Gaming Visionary: Empowering Youth Through a Mobile Arcade Venture
Detroit native Tyrell Slappey has transformed his passion for video games into a profitable venture, making a significant impact on the city’s youth. Slappey’s mobile business, Round One Gaming Lab, serves as an arcade experience designed to introduce alternative paths to success for Detroit’s children.
In collaboration with his mother and business partner, Slappey launched Round One in 2021, quickly establishing it as a primary attraction for children’s events in the metro Detroit area. Slappey shared his excitement, saying, “When we arrive, the kids are outside, cheering and applauding our arrival.”
However, the allure of Round One Gaming Lab extends beyond mere entertainment. Housed within a trailer, the setup boasts five plasma screens equipped with the latest editions of PlayStation and Xbox, along with a diverse selection of popular games. Slappey has observed kids view this as not only a source of enjoyment but also a potential avenue for a fun and lucrative business opportunity, emphasizing, “This business isn’t just about gaming or entrepreneurship. It’s genuinely a beacon of hope for the kids in the city.”
Growing up on Detroit’s east side, Slappey turned to video games as an escape, never envisioning the profitability it would ultimately offer.
I’ve always been immersed in gaming,” he noted. “I’ve called off work for games, taken leave, and canceled plans. I have a deep passion for gaming. You couldn’t have convinced me in a million years that gaming would reach its current status.”Tyrell Slappey, Founder, Round One Gaming Lab
For Slappey, the mobile nature of this on-the-go arcade allows him to impact the lives of numerous young individuals. His vision is clear: “We don’t want this to be limited to barbecues, backyard parties, and birthdays. We aim to be present at events that define the pulse of Detroit.” He added, “We aspire to be part of the auto show, the Thanksgiving parade, and be present at Little Caesars Arena. We want to be where the Lions’ tailgates happen, and we’ve already witnessed significant business growth at several of these events.”
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