Games and the world beyond.

 

Press Start Hong Kong is a first-of-its-kind games and events venture. Our goals are threefold: 1) to build a community of game lovers in Hong Kong; 2) to design and curate games-centric experiences; and 3) to educate and inspire through games.

 

Founded in 2014 between two former high school roommates who wanted to find new friends to play games with and an excuse to buy and try new games, Press Start Hong Kong expanded in scope to event-planning after we realized that the friendships and connections that arose from game sessions were far more meaningful.

We opened our first event space in Central, Hong Kong in October 2015, and we are making our first foray into education and media. Stay tuned for much more to come - this is only just the beginning.

 

From roommates to co-founders.

 

There was a time, more than 10 years ago, when Wes and Vince shared a small dorm room in a boarding high school in the U.S., looking at the same computer and yelling guesses to the Family Feud online game. Then a friend taught us Go-Stop, the Korean card game, and it went on to consume our entire senior year of high school. We've never looked back.

Though we went on to college and then to corporate careers in different cities, we'd always be playing games when we got together. We started talking about new games we'd learned, new places we'd visited, new business ideas we'd come across. Then Wes moved back to Hong Kong, and we thought, "why not do something related to games?"

We started with a small collection of board games and wanted to find people to play with us. This led to our first Board Game Social, hosted at Vince's apartment, and before we knew it we were trying to cram 50 people into a small Hong Kong flat, and our friends started asking if we could plan games days and events for their colleagues and friends.

Once it got beyond the initial fun and games, we realized that there was so much more we wanted to do. With our experience in the corporate world, education and community service, we started dreaming about the role that games could play as a platform and gateway for new relationships, new learning and new ideas.

To us, #pressstarttobegin is not just the ubiquitous phrase that shares a rich history with games; we're only just beginning to explore this whole new world through, with and beyond games.

 

 
Press Start Vince and Wes