BUCKHANNON — Have you seen JesterLine on Main Street? The owners want everyone to know it’s not a bar. Jarod and Lacy Ramsey went to the Nov. 15 city council meeting to explain what their new business is.
“We’ve been getting a lot of calls from people and posts on Facebook asking us if we’re a bar, if we’ll have alcohol and pinball and the answer is no,” Lacy Ramsey said.
Jarod Ramsey said his business will be a place to experience the constantly progressing gaming industry.
“It's a technology based business but we're looking to take this into the next level with the gaming industry,” Jarod Ramsey said. “The gaming industry is growing by leaps and bounds and what better place to bring it than here, the place that has welcomed us with open arms.”
JesterLine will be the first gaming hub of its kind in the state of West Virginia. When the co-owners heard West Virginia Wesleyan College announced it’s newly formed esports team Lacy Ramsey said they felt more comfortable with their decision.
“When they made the announcement about Wesleyan that just was kind of reassurance for us,” Lacy Ramsey said. “What we're doing is heading in the right direction.”
The Ramseys said JesterLine will be home to the most up-to-date technologies for tournaments, leagues and professional use.
“Yes, I thought it was crazy when I first heard it, but it is a real thing it's a multi billion dollar business and the schools are seeing that and they're catching on. Other countries have been doing it for years now. We're finally catching up to where they are doing that. We can have a place that Wesleyan would have at their doorstep and a possibility to come and recruit.”
They said they will always welcome the professionals and pro gamers, but JesterLine will always be a family atmosphere business first.
“We have four children and they're all gamers,” Lacy Ramsey said. “Our first goal is to have a safe environment. That is priority to us. We know our network has to be safe, that the facility has to be safe.”
They also said they want JesterLine to be a place where families can bond over gaming, even if some parents aren’t gaming literate.
“We have some gaming that is simple enough for the little ones to use,” Lacy Ramsey said. “But Mom and Dad can come and play too, even if they're not tech savvy. Even if you don't like games, you can still come in, do something just to relate to your children on a level that they enjoy right now. You don't have to be good at it, but we want to find ways to connect.”
JesterLine will offer various gaming platforms such as consoles, PC and high tech virtual reality.
JesterLine Gaming Industries does not have a set open date yet, but the Ramseys said they hope it will be by the end of the year.