Want to play a game? A Lafayette company is bringing video games to a party near you
With four wheels, six televisions and just about every video game you can imagine, three Acadiana gamers bring their love for the game to parties and gatherings across the region.
Cajun Country Gaming — a company started by John and Milan Lee and Jamol Wheatley — is essentially a mobile arcade built into a 33-foot trailer. Based in Lafayette, the company will bring its trailer, complete with six televisions, several different game consoles, internet access and dozens of games to parties and other events in the area.
The business started about a month ago, but it was something Wheatley and John Lee had discussed for a long time, often while playing.
“We’ve been playing video games almost every day for the past two years,” John Lee said. “I was living in California, so when I came back this year, we were trying to think of ideas for a business that everyone loves and something that we can give back to the community with.”
Once the idea was formed, it didn’t take long for it to materialize. John Lee came up with the business plan and spent most of his free time working on the trailer. After about two months of work, they were ready to roll.
“We are moving quickly,” Wheatley said.
Since the start a month ago, the company has kept the trio busy. Most of their business came through word of mouth on social media, but they still had enough happenings to make them think about adding more trailers in the near future.
To further grow their brand and give back to the community, Cajun Country Gaming is hosting a “Summer Extravaganza” event at Elite Athlete Training on May 28. The event is free and will feature food and drink, fun jumps and – naturally – video games. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 203 Fourpark Road in Lafayette.
“It’s really convenient because we can stop just about anywhere,” John Lee said.
As their business continues to grow, the owners want to host more pop-up events in public parks and other public parts of town to share their passions for video games with more people.
The bulk of their business so far has been children’s parties, although they recently held their first party for adults. In the future, they may expand to other types of events, such as renting the trailer for watch parties.
“There is no age limit for playing games,” said Milan Lee.
The trailer has just about everything you need for game night. There are four TVs inside the trailer, which can hold about 24 people. The trailer is also air conditioned and has party lights and surround sound throughout.
On the video game front, there’s not much the company doesn’t have. They have several Playstation 5s, which is one of the hottest – and hardest to find – consoles in the country. They also have several Nintendo Switches, which play on the two outdoor TVs, as well as Playstation 4 and Xbox consoles. They’re also working on adding a bit of virtual reality to the mix.
The company can be booked through its website, cajuncountrygaming.com, and costs $250 for an hour and a half, plus $50 for each additional 30 minutes. Right now they have around 50 games, but their catalog is growing.
“If we don’t have the game you want, we’ll buy it for you to play,” said Milan Lee.
More information on prices and booking is available at www.cajuncountrygaming.com.
Gambling was an important part of John and Wheatley’s life, especially when John and Milan were living in California. The two would spend hours — “all day,” as Milan puts it — playing Call of Duty: Warzone together, and it was a way for them to keep in touch across the country.
In addition to Warzone, the two also play NBA 2K and Madden extensively. They said they generally “get along” a bit more when playing these games, as opposed to Warzone, which can get competitive.
Starting this business also exposed them to games they were unfamiliar with. It’s been equally fun bringing new games and high-end consoles to kids who might not have been able to play them yet.
“When we stop at parties, kids get instantly excited,” John Lee said. “When we’re able to deliver the last game, it’s just a good time all around.”