Game developers now have their very own coworking space. Or at least, they can look at it.
Philadelphia Game Lab, founded by the very involved Nathan Solomon, has already hosted its own week-long gamification conference during Philly Tech Week, but the coalescing game development hub reports that it just acquired a bonafide new residence last week, according to a post on its blog.
That space — 2216 Walnut Street — has been for 12 years the flagship location for longtime Apple retailer Springboard Media, which also has storefronts in the Gayborhood and Exton. Still hosting the delicate dance with the Rittenhouse Apple Store, Springboard is again growing, backed by its focus on training, preowned Apple hardware and other differentiators, says President Everett Katzen.
“Next month Springboard Media is moving just a few doors down to 2206 Walnut Street,” said Katzen. “The new facility is a dramatic upgrade for us, and we will celebrate our grand opening in July 2012.”
More details below.
Located in the sweet spot between Rittenhouse and the Walnut Street bridge, Game Lab developers who rent desks will have easy access to all kinds of good food and convenient public transit. But the new space will be undergoing a bit of an overhaul so it won’t be ready for at least the next few months, Solomon says.
Here are the specs, from Solomon’s post:
“There’ll be a gallery/retail space at the front of the building on the ground floor, and a total of close to 8,000 square feet of space hosting game development teams. Our model is $500 a month for invited teams of up to a dozen members (in dedicated space), and $200 per month for invited individuals working in games or game-related initiatives.”
To learn more about what to expect from the Philadelphia Game Lab click here.
On the Springboard side of things, Katzen says to expect more about the next expansion.-30-