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Games2U Comes to Scottsdale

November 2, 2009 by by Jane Larson, The Arizona Republic

A father of three has opened Scottsdale's first franchise of Games2U, a mobile video-game theater that supplies entertainment for children's birthday parties and school and sporting activities.

Greg Nelson said that since he opened in August, about half of the business has been birthday parties and the rest has been sports club fundraisers, school festivals and even business team-building events.


The Games2U truck has three 50-inch screens inside with Xbox video games, two more units outside with Wii games and a satellite TV to broadcast shows to block parties. Laser-tag equipment and a 10-foot inflatable hamster ball are also available.

Nelson has three high school students who help with the parties.

"They're the true experts in video games, and the kids relate to them," he said.

Prices start at $199 for one hour.


Nelson lives in Scottsdale but takes the Games2U truck all over the Valley. He has done events at homes, in city parks and on church and school grounds.


Nelson was a senior manager for a national homebuilder before being laid off. He said he always wanted to start his own business, looked at a variety of franchises and kept coming back to Games2U.

Games2U, based in Austin, Texas, was founded in 2007 by brothers David and Stuart Pikoff. To date they have sold more than 90 franchise territories in 20 states.


Go to, click on Book a Party and enter your ZIP code. Nelson can be reached at 480-695-2548, too.