Akron: Video game truck brings the party to the kids

AKRON — It’s hard to miss the 33-foot, lime green trailer towed behind a matching pickup truck.

But it’s what’s on the inside of GameTruck that’s really the head turner.

Six HD, LED flat screen TVs, a 20-foot leather couch and an endless supply of video games and controllers.

Scott Beskid owns the first franchise of the new company in Northeast Ohio.

The former social worker from Hudson has spent the last eight years as a stay at home dad for his two sons, ages 7 and 9, while his wife has a fulltime job.

About nine months ago, the Beskids began looking at franchise opportunities that would allow Scott to work, but still be home during the hours when his kids are not at school.

They looked at restaurants and stores, then stumbled upon GameTruck.

GameTruck is an Arizona-based company that’s relatively new — it formed in 2006 — like a “family room on steroids” the franchise owners take the truck to events around town.

It’s an entertainment idea for parties, so up to 24 kids can play interactive video games together at once, in a safe, air conditioned environment.

Parents can pick the games they want included and the amount of time for the rental.

It’s also making stops at local businesses, which are renting the truck for presentations and teaching seminars.

GameTruck recently partnered with NASA to create learning games geared for children in K-5th grade.

Just six weeks into partnership and Beskid has a full calender of kids’ parties, corporate events and even some upcoming educational opportunities for schools.

The only other GameTruck in Ohio is the Columbus area, but Beskid thinks there will be more throughout the state in the near future.

Whether or not it’s a success, his kids — and all the kids who step inside — give GameTruck a resounding “Yes!”

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