News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 24, 2013

eBash Video Game Centers open Carmel location


Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — eBash Video Game Centers is opening a new game center in Carmel. eBash will be adding this location to two others in Indiana currently operating in Evansville and Terre Haute, as well as a store in Charleston, Ill.

Founder Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology graduate, Zack Johnson is excited about expanding into the larger Indianapolis market and the opportunities to bring programs from the previous company in Carmel back to their existing markets. The create

andplaycamps.com program is now owned and controlled by eBash.

“The video game design summer camp program is one of the most thrilling things about this recent acquisition,” Johnson said. “My 15-year background working with traditional summer camps combined with the unique concept of teaching kids video game design gives us an offering that is not available anywhere else. Last summer the camp program in Carmel sold out 171 spots. This year we plan on increasing the size in Carmel and adding the program to at least our Terre Haute location.

“Not only will this [new location] bring new opportunities to our existing markets, but we will also bring the excitement of the eBash model to a huge pool of gamers in the Indianapolis area.”

eBash runs all-night “lockins” at their stores every Friday and Saturday night, as well as programs for local churches, schools and nonprofit organizations. For competitive gamers, there is a tournament schedule hosted at eBash locations, including the upcoming event for Call of Duty Black Ops 2 on Xbox 360.

“We can’t wait to celebrate the opening of the new Carmel location by hosting a multistore tournament on March 2,” Johnson said. “This event will produce for us a championship team in Black Ops 2 and we will be sponsoring them to travel to Dallas, Texas, later in March. Once there, they will wear our eBash jerseys and compete in the MLG (www.mlgpro.com) tournament sponsored by Activision for a chance at winning $1 million in cash.”

eBash was started in 2004 in Terre Haute by Johnson after hosting all-night video game parties as the leader of his church’s youth group. He built the store up to more than 100 stations during the next few years and launched the Evansville store in 2008. At the end of 2012, eBash opened a store in Charleston. Johnson was flown to Los Angeles near the end of 2010 to film for the ABC show “Shark Tank” to pitch the eBash concept and has led international video game tournaments such as the World Series of Video Games in 2007.

For more information about eBash visit www.ebash.com, email zack@ebash.com or call 812-235-0040.