Young entrepreneur works to start place for youth
Anthony Zoval can’t wait to get settled in his new office. Sure, it’s kind of an odd thing for a 15-year-old to look forward to, but Anthony has got it all planned out.
“This will be the main area,” he said, reviewing an online video of the commercial space he plans on renting for his new business, Proxxy Gaming Center. “My office will be in here and this will be another place for monitors and stuff, maybe computers.”
Anthony, an avid and competitive gamer, wants to start a place where teens and young adults or anyone interesting in online or video games can play together or just hangout. He’s been working on the project for more than two years. And, now, with his 16th birthday just months away, his dream is close to being realized.
“This is something he’s done all on his own,” said Zoval’s mom, Lori Baudoin. “He’s even putting his car money that he’s saved up for years into it.”
Anthony is currently filling out the paperwork for a business license and will file soon. He’s also introducing the project to a variety of organizations, including South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts and Tahoe Youth and Family Services. He’s aiming for an opening date of June 1.
He hopes his new business will help the youth in town who have nowhere to go and “just chill.”
“The kids in this town just kind of give up on finding a safe place to go,” Anthony said. “Especially in winter, there’s just nowhere to go.”
Proxxy Gaming Center will provide an affordable Local Area Network for users to connect to, which will allow them to play games like the Halo series together on multiple screens.
Anthony’s passion for computers and video games is something that parents don’t often understand, he said. He feels lucky to have parents that support him in the venture.
“I’m on my computer all day every day,” he said. “To every other parent, they see it as a waste of time. My parents see it as productive and I’m grateful for that.”
As long as he grows as an individual, she encourages Anthony to pursue what makes him happy, Baudoin said. After all, he has learned skills like 3D design and video editing. Anthony makes money by producing clips of video game play for Youtube. On top of that, he’s constantly in communication with hundreds of youth and other players around the world through his various networks.
“These kids can be on their social networks, texting and having a conversation all at the same time,” Baudoin laughed.