FORT MYERS, Fla.- In just a few weeks, downtown Fort Myers will be transformed into a gamer's paradise. Game Nation is a massive, interactive video game theme park, and fort myers will be the testing ground.
Fort Myers will be the interactive video game capital of the world for three days starting on November 1, and the city hopes it's just the first step of that theme park landing in Southwest Florida.
"I just think it's going to be an exciting event something they haven't seen before. It's gonna be something they can enjoy. Looking forward to it and the impact it'll have on the city," said Don Paight, Executive Director of the Fort Myers Downtown Redevelopment Agency.
Paight's not exactly sure what type of economic impact the event will have on the city, but Game Nation's creator, Daniel Ruke, knows what type it'll have on the gamers who take part in the three-day celebration.
"This is a dream come true for a lot of gamers, for them to come and play their characters, video game scenarios, live first-person shooters in a physical space...They're able to live the game," said Ruke.
On November 1, downtown will be transformed into a massive, interactive, story-based adventure, featuring video game tournaments and events, as well as live music for kids of all ages.
"It's something that hasn't occurred before. It's a unique event. Gonna lead to a lot of people trying to bring people into the River District," said Paight.
"It's gonna be a lot of fun. You're gonna be able to come and celebrate video games geekdom really, and it's all about you. It's cool. It's the greatest story ever told: yours. If you want to come and live the game, love to see you downtown November 1st, 2nd and 3rd," saud Ruke.
He added that the celebration is the first step of a seven-year plan to hopefully bring his video game theme park to Southwest Florida.