Super League Gaming Brings Minecraft Gameplay to Boston-Area Movie Theaters
Playing video games can be a lonely experience—but it doesn’t have to be.
Super League Gaming, a startup founded by a group of dads, aims to add a social element to gameplay by partnering with the nation’s largest cinema chains to organize in-theater experiences for players.
The events invite gamers to sit side-by-side and play in the traditional first-person view on their laptops while also watching a customized aerial “world-view,” featuring all the players in the room, that’s projected onto the theater screen. Each session lasts one hour and 40 minutes and features both team gameplay and individual battles, allowing players to climb a leaderboard that’s shown at the end.
“Making games interactive, team-based, and bringing gamers into a movie theater to play face-to-face really changes the experience for everyone,” says the startup’s cofounder and chief visionary John Mills in a press release. “Parents, especially, love watching their kids build and collaborate. Playing on a big screen lets everyone in on the action and makes it far more collaborative and rewarding.”
Currently, Super League is on a 25-city summer tour, giving players all over the nation an opportunity to play Minecraft, one of the world’s most downloaded computer games that allows players to construct anything they want out of building blocks in a 3D world, in more than 80 theaters.
Beginning on August 17, Super League is bringing its Minecraft experience to the Boston area. AMC Loews Boston Common 19 will be the first stop, followed by AMC Braintree 10 on August 18, and AMC Loews Liberty Tree Mall 20 in Danvers on August 19. All events will begin at 4 p.m.
Tickets are available for $20, and all ages are welcome—players are only required to know how to play Minecraft and bring along a fully charged laptop with the game already installed on it. Super League staffers will be on-site to assist with any troubleshooting or other issues, and parents are welcome to come in and get their kids settled.
Following its summer tour, Super League will launch six-week gameplay sessions—hosted at the same three Boston-area movie theaters—in the fall.
For tickets and more information about Super League Gaming, visit superleague.com.