Local man launches traveling video gaming business
Posted 7:08 pm, July 28, 2016, by Patrick Clark, Updated at 07:07pm, July 28, 2016
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – Wayne Felix has the concentration of a lifelong gamer. And thanks to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s small business development center, he now has his gaming vision turned into business reality.
“Seven TVs total, with five inside and two outside,” said Felix, owner of the Me2You gaming truck. “All 50-inch screen TVs, with one 60-inch (TV) on the front for games like Just Dance and Wii Sports.”
“We’ve been working with Wayne for several months and working on the business plan and the financing,” said Joann May, SIUE’s Small Business Development Center. “We got him in touch with people so he could pursue some SBA lending and we also connected him with accountants. And we just try to be there to help with marketing efforts. So it’s a long lasting relationship.”
It was game on for this Granite City man who developed a business plan after connecting with the small business development center.
Soon Felix was stockpiling controllers and gaming systems to set up his mobile career move. To borrow a phrase from Yakov Smirnov: instead of going to arcade, arcade comes to you.
“I’ve had a couple of clients who said, ‘This is amazing. I didn’t even have the kids step inside my house,’” said Felix. “I’ve had them here for two hours and the kids didn’t step inside the house once.”