Phil Leddy, a PGA golf pro, was living in Florida and wondering how to spend more time with his children when he came upon the idea of a mobile video game theater.
“I was surfing the Net for business ideas, looking for something I could do with my kids that would be fun,” said Leddy, who has two daughters, ages 6 and 8. “I’m not a video gamer, but the industry is so big, and the kids seem to flock to it.”
In June, he moved his family to Cary and worked with a Pinehurst company to outfit a limo-style truck for his new venture, Roll On Up Gaming. The unit features five interior and two exterior screens and the latest game consoles and video games. Inside, there is stadium seating to accommodate 28 players.
“It’s 37 feet long,” he said. “Everyone is surprised when I pull up and they look inside and see how big it is.”
A generator makes it self-sufficient. And because the truck is climate-controlled, parties can go on regardless of the weather.
Leddy provides entertainment for birthday parties, tailgates, fundraisers and corporate events. He says there is something for all ages and noted he was hired for an adult holiday party in December.
In addition to video games, a satellite can broadcast sporting events.
A video library with a wide selection of games is available so that events can be customized.
“There are age-appropriate games for the littlest of girls all the way to adults,” he said. “My daughters love the Barbie video games.”
He serves as a game coach to help players get the hang of new games.
Leddy said the mobile gaming industry is still young.
“There are not that many, probably about 60 across the country. It’s definitely a newer entry point for this type of business.”
Roll On Up Gaming is family owned and not a franchise.
For now, Roll On Up Gaming is a part-time job for Leddy, who works full time as the golf pro at Hasentree in Wake Forest.
“The business is growing,” he said.
He schedules events for evenings and weekends.
“I am booked through April right now,” he said. “It’s probably taken off more than I thought it would. I’m still working full-time, and I need to expand. We’re in the process of needing to find some help to get it up to maximum capacity.”
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