November 28, 2021

Tomer Aiderapp

Consummate Business Technicians

Daytona Beach teen owns and operates E-Sports Arcade at Volusia Mall

DAYTONA BEACH — Though many kids are hanging out at Volusia Mall with buddies on Saturday afternoons, 15-calendar year-aged Gregory Trent is running a business enterprise inside it. 

“I’ve really had a couple of close friends that labored below this earlier summer,” explained Trent, operator of E-Athletics Arcade. “My pals believe it can be cool (he owns the arcade) and they’re supportive. I still dangle out with my close friends. We perform games alongside one another, we go to the flicks, but we undoubtedly dangle out a minor significantly less.”

E-Sports activities Arcade is found inside the shopping mall at 1700 W. Worldwide Speedway Blvd., close to Publications-A-Million. Trent, with the assist of his mother and father, opened the arcade in August 2019 at the age of 13. 

“I pitched the notion to him (dad) and I showed him that that industry exists in it,” said Trent. “They (mothers and fathers)  weren’t as concerned and as educated in that matter as I was. I grew up observing YouTube videos about it and actively playing online video games. So he (his father) co-established the arcade.”

Gregory Trent, owner of E-Sports Arcade, with parents Greg and Maria Martinez-Trent at their business in Volusia Mall.

Trent mentioned his mothers and fathers took care of the paperwork and agreement with the mall. 

“I could not really do any of that,” he stated. “My parents took treatment of the utilities and other factors we have to pay for. But at the commence I helped with environment up the arcade.

“The summer season that we opened I labored all summertime environment items up. I moved in 95% of the game titles. Since I have gotten more mature and my knowledge has developed I have taken on far more matters to minimize that from my father.”

Trent picked up the entrepreneur bug from his mothers and fathers. 

“My mother and father have been in the business for 20 a long time,” he claimed. “They have Beyer & Brown (an amusement device provider situated in South Daytona). My brothers have labored there. I’ve labored summers there. Developing up right after faculty I would hang out there whilst my parents labored in the office environment. I performed video clip video games there.