Interview with Duncan Morrison of Meltdown London

3DSBlessed were recently at a Monster Hunter Community (UK) event which was hosted, for the first time, at Meltdown London. If you haven’t heard of Meltdown ; its London’s latest gaming bar, with heaps of consoles and gaming PCs for punters to get stuck into it. Its main emphasis is eSports, but all gamers are welcome. Its manager Duncan Morrison took some time out to answer a few questions for us. Without further ado :

 

The man himself!

The man himself!

 

What made you decide to create Meltdown London?

Meltdown is an international chain with branches in Paris and Berlin. The first Meltdown was opened by my colleague Sophia Metz and Yann-Cédric Mainguy in Paris. They started a Barcraft there (a Starcraft meet in a pub location) but had trouble finding a venue that could host it regularly, so decided to make their own! Their venue proved a big success, so naturally they decided to expand. After opening in Berlin they decided to take the venture to London next, and needed someone to take over the operations side. As a long-time friend of there’s, a long-time Londoner and, most importantly, a massive eSports fan, I was a natural fit to take the reigns.

 

What games do you have running here?

Our weekly games are :

  • DOTA 2 on Tuesday
  • Fighting games (eg. Street Fighter 4, Injustice) on Wednesday
  • League of Legends on Thursday
  • Starcraft 2 on Friday

We also do events for games like Shoot-mania, Counterstrike, Eve Online ; all games with an eSports community we try and cater for at some point.

 

No stranger to a good Zerg Rush ; Duncan's a bonafide Starcraft man...

No stranger to a good Zerg Rush ; Duncan’s a bonafide Starcraft man…

 

Which is your personal favorite?

I was always a Starcraft 2 player. I’ve been getting into some of the other games recently just because I’m exposed to them and people who are passionate about them. I’ve been playing a little bit of League of Legends, little bit of DOTA, but I’m definitely best at Starcraft.

 

Tell us about your drinks menu

We have the normal range of lagers, ciders, bottled beers, plus a whole range of spirits. However the most interesting part of the drinks menu is our range of unique, gaming-themed cocktails! These have been specially designed by our staff in Paris, and include the :

  • NooNoo (LOL-themed cocktail)
  • Fusion Core and Blue Flame Helion from Starcraft
  • plus many more

They are all very tasty too!

 

As we are a 3DS website we like to help 3DS meet organisers find cool venues to host their events. What would be your salespitch to entice these organisers to hold their events at Meltdown?

Well I’ll start by saying the 3DS is not exactly our focus ; our primary emphasis is on eSports and games which have a professional scene. However what we provide is a good space, a very friendly atmosphere full of people who love gaming and relaxed rules (Helen : I can vouch for this, everyone seemed to be bringing pizzas in when I attended). Plus, although the weekly clientele tend to be eSports fans its worth pointing out that eSports fans do tend to love gaming in all its forms (Helen : again, I can vouch for this having been friends with plenty of PC gamers over the years!). We are most welcoming of those considering holding their 3DS events at our venue.

 

The venue, situated in North London's Caledonian Road

The venue, situated in North London’s Caledonian Road

 

Do you have a 3DS?

I have a DS! I had Mario & Luigi and Mario 64 (the latter of which I competed, albet without all the stars!).

 

What kind of events have you run so far?

Well there’s obviously our weekly events. Aside from that the biggest event we’ve run so far was for the International (the DOTA world championship) which took place in Seattle last month. For that we were open til 6 in the morning the whole weekend. We had hundreds of people pass through over the course of the 2 days. We’re happy to extend our license to make sure that, wherever in the world the major eSports events are we are able to cover them. We also did it for Eve Online (for the Alliance Tournament final).

 

What are your plans for the future?

To keep doing what we’re doing now but better ; keep organising good events that people get excited about. We have 2 very exciting events coming up ; one in DOTA 2 and one in Starcraft 2 (but I can’t give all the details yet as they’re still to be confirmed). We should have some star players coming in and we think people will be really interested in those

 


 

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